The Ocho

8 years ago today, I woke up bright and early to help publish the first source release of what would eventually “become” Mozilla and then Firefox. I don’t really remember what I expected to come of it, if anything specific, but even I would have been hard-pressed to predict anything as interesting and rewarding as what I’m in the middle of today.

Some of the people active in our world today were part of the initial crew behind that release, including brendan, dmose, and mitchell — though she wasn’t yet staff, and likely didn’t know what she was getting into either! Many, many more, though, have come to devote their energies to the project whose source code seed “went public” back then, and whether they jumped in on April 1, 1998 or March 10th, 2006, their contributions have been, and remain, essential to the character, success, and excitement of Mozilla.

I have Big Plans for how I want to contribute to making the next 8 years of Mozilla even more astonishing, and on that topic I will — must — write more, but right now I’ll admit that I’m happy to while away the rest of this flight smiling to myself about what we’ve done so far. [tags]mozilla,history[/tags]

4 comments to “The Ocho”

  1. Amos
    entered 31 March 2006 @ 9:58 pm

    Congratulations Mike! It must have been tough there for a little while when the decision was made to push a 1.0 release way out and build the Mozilla browser from scratch rather than just building on top of the Netscape 4.x code. It is fantastic to see that decision pay off in what is now a very powerful and flexible collection of technologies.

  2. entered 1 April 2006 @ 8:09 am

    [...] Eight years ago today, Netscape released the Mozilla source. Firefox is successful today thanks to the development and evangelism efforts of hundreds of thousands of people around the globe working together to make something great. I urge journalists to stop and realize how much more fascinating that story is than a personality piece. Congratulations to everyone. [...]

  3. entered 1 April 2006 @ 1:53 pm

    Congratulations Mike! I for one am very very happy you got up that morning.

  4. entered 4 April 2006 @ 6:09 pm

    I am a proud Firefox surfer and wanted to say thanks for helping create the worlds best web browser and congrats on all the hard work.