Entretien avec Mitch Kapor de la fondation Mozilla et pour les applications Open Source

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Mitch Kapor est le président de la fondation pour les applications Open Source dont le site officiel est visible ici et également le président de la fondation Mozilla.

Mitch Kapor est le président de la fondation pour les applications Open Source dont le site officiel est visible ici et également le président de la fondation Mozilla.

Le site CNET News.com nous propose aujourd'hui un entretien en anglais avec cet homme qui nous parlera entre autres choses de FireFox et de son rôle dans la fondation Mozilla.


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Q: Let's start with the basics: Why open source'
A: Open source is important to different groups of people for different reasons. For consumers, it's one thing; for developers, it's another. But basically, it's an entirely different way of organizing the large-scale economic activity of creating and distributing software (and) has many advantages. It's not a cure-all.

I think that for people who use software, in the long run, open-source products are going to be less expensive and of higher quality. Also, open-source products put more control into the hands of people and organizations that use the software, which is a good thing.

Is Firefox ultimately going to fizzle'
Nobody knows what's going to happen. It's certainly not inevitable that Firefox's market share will continue to increase . I think open-source advocates would do well to be relatively cautious and avoid making claims and predictions. On the other hand, there are some fundamentals that favor Firefox. It's a great product, small, fast and more secure. You don't see anybody disputing that. The next question is how much mileage there is to get out of it, ultimately. Certainly, it has already caused Microsoft to improve IE.

Why is that' Why should it take something like Firefox to improve IE'
Microsoft does not respond and improve products otherwise. The Mozilla Foundation does not have financial goals, so it can take credit for whatever improvements happen in the browser, whether they're in Firefox or not. By the standards of the project itself, to the extent that the net result is that IE's fundamental security problems get addressed, that, too, is a victory. As for the analysts who look at this, I doubt that's their criteria for success.

 

Anglophobes s'abstenir ;-)

Source : CNET News.com

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"It's a great product, small, fast and more secure. You don't see anybody disputing that"
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