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Firefox Is Heading Towards Trouble (rotting from the inside out)
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Posted on 03/15/2005 8:07:44 PM PST by GeorgiaFreeper

Firefox Is Heading Towards Trouble

Posted by: Mike Griffin on March 11, 2005 @ 10:45 AM

FireFox may be in danger of "rotting from the inside out" according to industry experts including one of the developers on the FireFox review team. Lack of attention by developers and money from supporters may end the meteoric rise of the browser where it is today.

Forget about Microsoft coming out with IE 7 to challenge Firefox. If Firefox rots from the inside out; the way so many other programs, like the original Netscape browser, did; then it's not going anywhere much beyond where it is now.

In an EWeek article, the author declares his support for FireFox but raises serious concerns with how the project is being managed.

I think Firefox is the best browser on the planet, but it's not going to stay that way long unless the team behind it gets their act together sooner rather than later.

Mike Connor, a core Firefox developer, writes in his blog,

"In nearly three years, we haven't built up a community of hackers around Firefox, for a myriad of reasons, and now I think we're in trouble. Of the six people who can actually review in Firefox, four are AWOL, and one doesn't do a lot of reviews. And I'm on the verge of just walking away indefinitely, since it feels like I'm the only person who cares enough to make it an issue."

Finally the author ends the article with this summary.

If the Mozilla Foundation and Firefox friends like Google don't start spending money—right now—to hire more programmers, more project managers and more servers, it won't matter how many ads in the New York Times Firefox supporters take out, Firefox will have already reached its high tide of popularity and we can only wait for the ebb to begin.

Read the entire EWeek article

You can also read Mike Connor's Blog Here.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: communists; firefox; gateskneepadder; ie; microsoft; oss; redmondshill; showmethemoney
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Looks like Firefox is heading down the tubes. This is from Mike Connor's blog (a core Firefox developer) and a eweek article. Is the fabled promise of OSS development failing?
1 posted on 03/15/2005 8:07:45 PM PST by GeorgiaFreeper
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To: GeorgiaFreeper

Yup... This is what did in Linux.


2 posted on 03/15/2005 8:09:54 PM PST by Redcloak (There is no "I" in team. But then again, there is no "us" in it either. There is "meat" however.)
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To: rdb3; chance33_98; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Bush2000; PenguinWry; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; ...

Tech Ping


3 posted on 03/15/2005 8:10:10 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: GeorgiaFreeper

maybe google.com should take over firefox.


4 posted on 03/15/2005 8:10:15 PM PST by scab4faa (Wanted : TAGLINE Dead or Alive $500 reward)
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To: GeorgiaFreeper
Looks like Firefox is heading down the tubes

Mine still seems to be working.
6 posted on 03/15/2005 8:11:50 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: Yardbird

Being forced to work for free doesn't work. Volunteerism, on the other hand, seems to work rather well.


7 posted on 03/15/2005 8:12:33 PM PST by Redcloak (There is no "I" in team. But then again, there is no "us" in it either. There is "meat" however.)
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To: Allan

Bump


8 posted on 03/15/2005 8:12:36 PM PST by Allan
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To: GeorgiaFreeper

If this is true, then I am devastated. I fell in love with Firefox the first time I used it. The tabbed function is divine.
I don't EVER want to use that P.O.C. IE browser EVER again!


10 posted on 03/15/2005 8:14:36 PM PST by srm913
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To: GeorgiaFreeper

Google ought to just but Mozilla and Firefox with it. I read recently that Google may be building its own operating system, they might as well have a great browser to go along with it. If Google is building a OS I'm there, I hate MS products, half the time they don't work right.


11 posted on 03/15/2005 8:15:31 PM PST by AKSurprise
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To: Yardbird

I see your point. This is why the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Boy Scouts, and so many other volunteer groups have gone down the tubes.


12 posted on 03/15/2005 8:16:18 PM PST by Redcloak (There is no "I" in team. But then again, there is no "us" in it either. There is "meat" however.)
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To: GeorgiaFreeper
I can't help but notice some moron put "Communists" in the keywords, and doubtless that same moron doesn't see the irony of Big Brother XP, of the antagonistic business precedent where what you bought and paid for isn't yours.
13 posted on 03/15/2005 8:16:52 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: Yardbird

That is why MS beat out Apple in the begining.
Gates loved computers bit he also loved money and being the best.


14 posted on 03/15/2005 8:17:02 PM PST by since1868
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To: Yardbird
Not really, it stagnates without a profit motive.

Dude, I beg to differ. I don't get up on Saturday mornings during election years to knock on doors for profit. I do it because I want to end abortion, stop gay marriage, and keep the gubmint from taking arms away from the citizenry. I don't think any of those qualify as profit. I've done it for 11 years and don't think I'll be stopping any time soon.
15 posted on 03/15/2005 8:17:27 PM PST by hispanichoosier
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To: Redcloak


Snicker ... what do they expect from a "free" product???? I think that the firefox developers are not getting satisfaction from their current compensation model. Maybe they should start charging for support.... HEE HEE!
16 posted on 03/15/2005 8:18:30 PM PST by GeorgiaFreeper (Hitlery does not have fat ankles. That's where the hooves show through above the foot prosthetics.)
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To: JoJo Gunn
Communists and OSS go together ... Read Stallman's (the founder of the OSS movement) web page: http://www.stallman.org/
17 posted on 03/15/2005 8:21:52 PM PST by GeorgiaFreeper (Hitlery does not have fat ankles. That's where the hooves show through above the foot prosthetics.)
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To: GeorgiaFreeper
Am I to take it that you're the one who placed the keyword?

If so, how do you feel about wearing your knees out to Gates? Can you imagine any other company where you need authorization from a fry cook to use what you bought with your hard earned cash?

Doesn't that bother you?

Since you think open sourcers are pinkos, which leash do you prefer?

18 posted on 03/15/2005 8:25:47 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: GeorgiaFreeper

Know what you mean. There're some days it's hard to tell Slashdot from DU.


19 posted on 03/15/2005 8:27:10 PM PST by Ex-Dem (40 F in March? Where's global warming when you need it...)
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To: JoJo Gunn


Since you are going along in that vein....

How do you like biting the pillow for your fellow OSS fanboys? Do they whisper sweetly to you first? Buy you flowers? Chocolate?
20 posted on 03/15/2005 8:29:17 PM PST by GeorgiaFreeper (Hitlery does not have fat ankles. That's where the hooves show through above the foot prosthetics.)
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