Firefox and Open Source success
By wyllys on Nov 16, 2004
There is a nice article about the success of the Firefox browser. Firefox is a great open source success story. So many Open Source projects get started with good intentions and then die due to lack of interest or follow-through. Just browse through the thousands of entries at sourceforge and see how many are actually active and useable. They claim (as of today - 11/16/2004) to have 90,830 active projects. Thats ALOT. The number of projects that are begin actively worked on and developed is probably quite a bit smaller than that number.
Everyone has read by now that Solaris 10 is going open source, so I won't blow that horn again here. Sun has always embraced the open source movement, we have incorporated many open source projects into our distributions and have also contributed many many thousands of lines of code back to the open source community (GNOME, OpenOffice, and Mozilla just to name a few more high profile projects), so this is not a new concept to us. Despite that fact, Linux zealots will likely take issue with our motivations or our licenses (still TBD), as it may seem like a threat to the continued growth of Linux (the typical Slashdot reaction is to respond first, then read the details later). Regardless, Solaris 10 will stand up to any scrutiny with its rich feature set, strong security, and reliability.