Firefox team accepts Microsoft help

Firefox team accepts Microsoft help

Summary: When Microsoft's open source lab offered to help the Mozilla foundation with getting Firefox to run well on Vista, reactions ranged from skeptical and suspicious to surprised and excited. But in fact, the two teams have already been quietly working together.

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When Microsoft's open source lab offered to help the Mozilla foundation with getting Firefox to run well on Vista, reactions ranged from skeptical and suspicious to surprised and excited. But in fact, the two teams have already been quietly working together. In this thread, Mike Schroepfer wrote "we are already in contact with your team via email". The lab time would be helpful, though, according to Mozilla developer Mike Beltzner, who added "yes, we'd definitely be interested in getting some 1:1 support".

It just goes to show that developers from organizations that are outwardly fiercely competitive are often quite civil with each other when nobody is looking. Perhaps that's why projects like Apache and Eclipse are so successful.

Personally, my first reaction was: "Microsoft has an open source lab?". 

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  • who helps who ?

    We all know microsoft has used its commercials relationships with apple few years ago to "get inspiration" from the mac system and create windows . It has always been this way from the start. Even the DOS system was borrowed from qdos (written by Tim paterson). It sure will help microsoft to make a better explorer.
    gololo
    • Actually . . .

      dos is a direct copy of CPM, but otherwise you're right.
      jlhenry62
  • I hope they set up a VERY secure VPN to mozilla.org...

    Otherwise MSFT -which owns the LAN and the backbone at Redmondia- will have a field day collecting passwords and logging private e-mail exchanges between the Mozarella's top brass and the coders... just by installing a packet sniffer...

    What, me paranoid?
    fernando.cassia@...
  • Now if we could JUST turn this around

    and get M$ to take Mozilla's help on building CSS (and other W3C "standards") compatibility into IE7. If it doesn't pass the Acid2 test - forgetaboutit.
    Roger Ramjet
    • Well...

      ...if Microsoft "steals" enough of the superior browser technology from Firefox (as so many seem to think will happen), maybe MS will inadvertently "steal" better CSS support at the same time. :)

      Carl Rapson
      rapson
      • Wishing a thief Good Luck!

        ;)
        Roger Ramjet
  • Wolves In Sheeps Clothing

    Based on Microsoft's past and present performance let's not tip out hat just yet.

    At the least you can believe they are not doing anything FOR THE OPEN SOURCE community -- they are doing it for microsoft and microsoft alone. C'mon they've got IE7 and they're going to bed with Firefox out of the blue and all of a sudden.

    I'd be a little bit more than nervous if I was a Mozilla developer at this point. More than nervous -- watch your back.
    mhayes_z
  • Be Careful

    Why does it feel like Microsoft is trying to sell me a used car that someone was driving in New Orleans, before Hurricane Katrina hit? Firefox has worked just fine without Microsoft?s help up until this point, so what is the problem? Wait a minute, I just answered my own question. My bad.

    I?m sure Mozilla & the Open Source community would love some help dumbing down their software to Microsoft?s sub-standards. Why put out good software for free, when you can put out average stuff and make billions.

    For some reason I just can?t the get the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale out of my head when thinking about Microsoft?s ?offer?. Maybe Microsoft?s intents are genuine. Maybe they really do want to help. Maybe.

    If it was me, I would cover all my bases. Politely listen to what Microsoft has to say. Offer them as little as possible about the future direction of your products. Reveal nothing that can come back to bite you. Sincerely shake their hands, and after they are out of eyesight, count your fingers, just in case.


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    imguessing