"Andreessen and his old colleague Mittelhauser see this as a
natural outgrowth of the Heartland values shared by those who
developed Mosaic, part of a geek ethos rooted in the early days of
the personal computer that was popularized well beyond technology
during the Internet gold rush.
"'There is a long history in the Valley of practical people in
engineering,' Andreessen said. 'It's part of the Midwest ethic of
"Even today, long after the so-called browser wars were presumed
dead, this philosophy continues among developers. Those dedicated
to 'open source' software--perhaps the most egalitarian technology
of all--hope to further the original Mosaic cause through their
Mozilla browser project..."