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NewsForge: Learning from Mozilla's mistakes

Oct 23, 2001, 18:28 (121 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin 'Roblimo' Miller)
"When the Mozilla project started, it immediately became the number one poster child for Open Source software development. Now its luster is tarnished to the point where closed source advocates point to Mozilla as an example of how Open Source cannot compete one-on-one with proprietary software, in this case with Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Is this true? Or was Mozilla's development process, not the fact that it was Open Source, to blame for its problems?

Netscape was one of the first examples of dot-com excess, with liberal work rules that allowed employees to bring dogs to work, Nerf gun battles at all hours, and a generally quirky corporate style. From all reports, working at Netscape during the glory years was so much fun that some employees spent all of their waking hours there.

Sadly, while Netscape employees were engaging in company-sponsored play that liberated their creative juices, Microsoft's developers were grinding on, perhaps without passion, making Explorer a little better and more usable, one step at a time, day after day, month after month."

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