Mozilla CEO John Lilly on Apple and iPhone

Mozilla CEO John Lilly on Apple and iPhone

Summary: The current issue (16.08) of Wired Magazine has a brief interview with Mozilla CEO John Lilly just before the launch of Firefox 3 in June.


Mozilla CEO John Lilly on Apple and iPhoneThe current issue (16.08) of Wired Magazine has a brief interview with Mozilla CEO John Lilly just before the launch of Firefox 3 in June.

In it Lily makes two interesting comments related to Apple:

Wired: ...Do you worry about competition from Apple now that it has enabled Safari on Windows?

Lilly: I used to work at Apple. I have an iPhone. But there are other ways of developing software. Instead of relying on individual brilliance, we rely on enabling a network around the world, like Wikipedia does. That's a different aesthetic.


Wired: Are you going to develop a version of Firefox for the iPhone?

Lilly: No. Apple makes it too hard. They say it's because of technical issues — they don't want outsiders to disrupt the user experience. That's a business argument masquerading as a technological argument. We're focusing on more important stuff. The iPhone has been influential, but there's not that many of them. We're part of the LiMo Foundation — Linux on Mobile. The Razr V2 is a LiMo phone, and you'll see more in the next year or so.

You can read the rest of the interview on the Wired Web site.

Topics: Apple, Software, Operating Systems, Open Source, Mobility, Linux, iPhone, Collaboration, Browser, Windows

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  • 3 million iPhones sold in 30 days

    Even if the selling rate fell by 50% you still be talking about 9 to 10 million by years end...
  • I see you failed at MATHS

    You can't believe anything with such an EXTREME hyperboled and PROPAGANDA ridden track record as Apple but they did claim 1 MILLION 3G iPhones in the first WEEKEND!!!!.

    So if they only sold another 2 million for the rest of the month the sales must have collapsed to relatively nothing compared to 1M initially sold so to say are going to make another 6 million EVER never mind the end of the year is utter INSANITY.

    The sales just go to show it was all hype for a pathetic gimmick that has no shelf life and appeal to mobile users . THe apple fanatics were the ONLY main audience , given that they will buy ANYTHING with the Apple icon on it and some complete BULL from Jobs and co to get them rabid enough, its hardly suprsing.
    • I see you failed at English, among other things

      Before you jeer at someone's math, make sure you don't show your own ignorance of basic english grammar.

      There is a simple explanation why Apple would sell 1 million iPhone 3Gs in the first weekend, then "only" another 2 million in the next 27 days. They stockpile a month's production in their warehouses for the event (it would be bad not to have any phones on hand when the crowds come for them), then their factories run at full tilt for the rest of the month to fulfill demand. If you walk into any Apple store in past couple of weeks, you'll see that they have signs saying "no iPhones today". That's because the phones are literally flying off the shelves; no shipment lasts more than a day or two once it arrives before going into the hands of customers. Apple and its OEMs are running iPhone factories above capacity, and still cannot meet demand. Thus 9 million iPhones by year's end is not an unreasonable target, assuming they can actually manufacture that many phones.
      • Yes, "only"

        I don't mean to be critical, but since you bring it up...yes, selling 2 million handsets in 27 days certainly does make it appropriate to use the word "only."

        Nokia, RIM Samsung, Motorola, LG...I could go on...they laugh at 2 million phones in 27 days. And milk comes out of their nose when they do it.

        I am not saying that what Apple has done is not (slightly) impressive, considering they were (and still are relatively speaking) no-names in the cell phone industry, but you and many others that I have read need to wake up. They are not anywhere near taking over the industry, especially considering how difficult a time they are having supplying to a pretty mediocre demand.
        • You read too much into my post

          Please do not put words into my keyboard. Nowhere in my post did I say that Apple was taking over the cellphone industry. I DO know math, and know that 3 million phones in one month is a drop in the bucket in the world market. I was simply responding to the OP, who in his ungrammatical rant was faulting Apple for not selling 20 million iPhones in a month when, in fact, they are selling as fast (or faster) than Apple can make them. And while the unit sales themselves do not compare to the huge volume of cheap handsets made by the rest of the cellphone crowd, Apple has had an outsized influence on the market, where every company, seemingly in order to survive, is supposed to be coming out with an "iPhone killer". Not even the Motorola RAZR have this much effect on the upper (and more profitable) end of the handset market. And it seems that Apple is driving the demand for web connectivity, which can only be good if it forces the network providers to upgrade their cell towers to 3G at a faster rate.

          If this shakes up the industry enough to permit real, good (read "usable"), smartphones with GPS and web browsing functionality in addition to other palmtop computing functions, then I'm all for it. I for one won't buy an iPhone now because my 3-year-old Motorola handset and T-Mobile plan are perfectly functional for what I use them for, and I've had a bad taste from dealing with AT&T mobile in the past (back when they were part of the old AT&T, before being bought by Cingular, then being bought again by SBC, renamed AT&T after it swallowed what was left of the company). Perhaps next year, or once my current phone dies, I'll take the plunge, but I'd rather see the market develop and see if any of these "iPhone killers" really have the chops to challenge the iPhone in overall design and functionality. To my mind, none of them are there yet, and the iPhone still has some flaws to be worked out (such as weeding the App store of bad apps, and fixing the 3G connection problems).