Right before Hallowe’en, Songbird 0.3 hit the wires, giving people an updated look at what the ‘nest denizens are planning in their webified music player. Right after Hallowe’en, Flock 1.0 arrived, featuring their “social” spin on the web browsing experience. Those teams have obviously worked hard and long to bring new and exciting things to the open web, and not to take anything that work, but these apps are also things that the rest of the Mozilla community should feel some pride in. Mozilla has always insisted on very liberal licensing of our technology in no small part so that people can innovate in different directions at the same time. Sometimes those innovations can come back into the shared code, sometimes they inspire other work, and sometimes they help generate experimental results that everyone can use to improve their own products and projects.
Are relations between all the different application developers and technology hackers and community members as great as they could be? No, though I think we’re all working to improve them as we learn how, and I think we’re getting better all the time. Our baseline openness helps a ton, and gives us a ridiculous amount of visible — though not always easy to digest — history of what the project has done, and why. We’re going to hear more and more about openness of platforms, technologies, organizations and processes as that becomes something that developers and users come to expect from the people they work with; I think the world and the web would be in a much better place if more of the players were open in ways that transcended specifications and publication of finished works. But then, I would think that.