Well, hmm. Featured on Fake Steve Jobs today — my dad will be so proud. No, seriously, Dad loves Fake Steve. Not sure how to respond to someone who’s wishing you a big dose of crabs — case of crabs? not sure what the word is there — so I’ll just go with “Hey, thanks!”
Anyway, lots and lots of interesting conversations going on about this the past few days — Mozilla is in an unusual position in that we are a mission-driven organization, but also have an actual product in the market that does compete with commercial organizations. Because of that competition, I think much of what we do & say gets viewed through a revenue/marketshare lens, regardless of intent. It’s easy to fall into that line of thinking — the world is geared towards it. And so it’ll continue to be a challenge for us, as Mozilla, to point out practices that are troubling in products that are competitive.
I think that no matter what we say, we’ll get articles and blog posts written about our motivations and whether they’re related to revenue.
But we’ll continue to make decisions and build products based on user experience first and let folks make their own minds up regarding our motives. That’s the way Mozilla has always been, seems to me.
update: beltzner points out that Zoidberg is really more of a lobster-oid. To quote the good sideways-walking doctor himself: “Now Zoidberg is the popular one!“