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5:10 pm on Aug 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Most of the 40 or so people who worked for the Mozilla Foundation will become employees at the corporation; the foundation will be left with just three staff. The volunteers and commercial groups that contribute to the project will not see any change in the way Mozilla code is developed, according to the group...

"It's not the case that someone is taking Firefox and making a lot of money," he [Tristan Nitot, Mozilla spokesman] said. "The revenue we have made is almost accidental, it was not initially expected but it happened, so we needed to evolve the legal structure and fiscal structure to reflect this."

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I remember Kid stories; the greedy fox in Aesop's fable sees his reflection in a lake and tries to snatch the food the other fox is carrying.
8:57 am on Aug 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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but it's open source anyway right? What's to keep someone from getting pissed about it and taking the code and staring a new opensource project called Zomilla?
Because someone just snatched up zomilla.com.;)
Zomilla.org's been gone for years.
1:54 pm on Aug 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Don't get me wrong , I have no problem with this group becoming a company or even going public.

It's just the anti-capitalist, anti-microsoft supporters of Mozilla / firefox that get me mad. In fact i'm jubilating to see Mozilla taking the usual path ^^.

And what is your problem if they want to keep it free? Just because you are in this for the pursuit of money does not mean everyone else is. As stunning as it may sound, there are people working on FireFox because they want a stable and extensible free browser that isnt riddled with ActiveX problems.

And remember, FireFox itself was basically a branch off of the main Seamonkey project.

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I love both Firefox and Thunderbird, and start most of my searches using the convenient little box in the upper right corner. I didn't realize they make money from that, but I'm glad to hear it, especially if it helps pay for the continued improvement of their software.
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nice well as long as firefox remain free, i dont actually mind if their a corp. or not. The other thing is IPB stated it would always be a free forum software then it became paid. Firefox might in a couple years time but when they do whats stopping the new generation of coders to code a brand new browser even better than ff.
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dRkE - you cannot compare the two. IPB's code itself was never open source, where as Mozilla/FireFox is.
7:55 pm on Aug 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Personally, I'm all for this. They're not going to start charging for the browser, at least not any time soon. And, if they do, they'll be They're putting a lot of work into Firefox and they deserve some reward for it. Capitalism is a great thing, if it doesn't get out of hand, and I don't think the Mozilla folks are going to go the wrong direction with this.

The only potential problem I see is with Mozilla has nothing to do with the Mozilla Corporation; it's their close-and-getting-closer relationship with Google. I would not want to see Mozilla get absorbed by "the Big G," which could happen whether they are a corporation, a foundation, or just a bunch of individuals.

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AhmedF i was just saying you can never say that firefox will always be free, since you dont own it and it Mozila Corp.s' decision and firefox is great and i dont really mind if they decide to charge for their work.
If they ever do decide i think they'd create a final version of firefox free version and then work on a paid version with better features.
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I'm not sure if you understand the difference between FireFox and lets say ... phpBB. FireFox is open source - this means that if someone wants to modify FireFox and release it as a separately branded product, they can. Even if Mozilla Corporation was to eventually take FireFox paid, the previous versions of FireFox would be still available, source code and all. On top of that, as FireFox itself was an off-shoot of Mozilla, I am pretty sure someone would create a free off-shoot of FireFox.
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It's pathetic how they almost say sorry for making profit.
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Their executives say they want to help Firefox gain greater use. That will require offering service and support at a "fee", which are beyond the scope of the original nonprofit organization.
7:18 pm on Aug 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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When i think of Mozilla I think of a punk child of Netscrape navigator. I can remember seeing Netscape for sale on BestBuy in big shiny boxes, and I thought "WHAT A RIP!"
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