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LinuxPower: An Interview with Christopher Blizzard of Mozilla and Red Hat Labs.

Mar 07, 2000, 17:49 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Christopher Blizzard is one of the most well known coders working on Mozilla. He was willing to take time from his busy schedule to talk with Linuxpower on the future of Mozilla, even if he is in the middle of a move to Toronto. Christopher answered our questions even more detailed than we had dared to hope for, so we think there are some interesting information here for everybody."

"LP: You have been working on Mozilla almost from the begining, how has the project evolved in that time (culture, people, attitude etc.)"

"Most of the people that have been involved with the Mozilla project from the beginning are still around, Jamie probably being the most obvious exception. Many of the original people who worked on the project were Netscape employees, and many of them still are. Those that have moved on still work with the project, though. Mike Shaver left the Netscape a couple of months ago but still does a lot of work with the Mozilla project on a day to day basis. There are a few other examples of people that have left Netscape but still participate with Mozilla."

"The culture has improved quite a bit. Many of the people who are working on Mozilla are Netscape employees and it's taken a while for them to get used to the idea of living in the fishbowl of open source. They have adjusted pretty well, all things considered. On the flip side, because the Mozilla project was started by Netscape it came with a lot of procedures and a very large nomenclature that most people were unaware of. Non-Netscape contributors have had to learn the ropes, too. Everyone has reached a common middle ground. In this sense everyone is learning to work together and a real culture is starting to evolve."

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