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Salon: Firefox–The Flag Bearer of Free Software

“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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