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FairFaxIT: Towards a brain drain?

Apr 12, 1999, 18:43 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Cochrane)

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"AT A time when proprietary commercial IT vendors are rushing to wrap themselves in the opensource flag, some stratospheric navel gazing by two of its most ardent supporters should be cause for everyone to take a breath. First came Jamie Zawinski's two open letters to the Mozilla.org community, announcing his reasons for stepping down as America Online's client division (nee Netscape) open source evangelist, and resignation from the company. Mozilla.org was the entity created a year ago to further the Netscape browser platform after its death roll with rival Microsoft."

"Shortly after Zawinski's announcement, another Netscape veteran, John Giannandrea joined him by walking out the front door for thelast time."

"These two high-level defections from Netscape's Mozilla.org project should be cause for serious soul searching."

"Did I say "Netscape's Mozilla project"? While technically Mozilla.org is a separate open source entity, many people regarded it merely as a front for Netscape and now AOL, or at least that the parent proprietary company has too great a sway in Mozilla's operations."

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