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Salon: Firefox--The Flag Bearer of Free Software

Nov 16, 2004, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"To misquote F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are no second acts in the lives of software projects.

"Oh sure, the developers sometimes move on to bigger and better things. When it comes to the created works, however, the trajectory is depressingly consistent: Functional simplicity gives way to feature bloat, followed by brittleness, unreliability, and, barring certain monopoly-friendly market conditions, oblivion.

"For the bulk of its six-year existence, the Mozilla project has been the unwitting victim and symbol of this truism..."

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