[Project_owners] Mozilla.org extension approval time

Eric H. Jung grimholtz at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 12 10:48:50 EST 2006

"In short, Mozilla simply copied my idea"
Ah, so YOU must be the one to which Adobe, Microsoft and countless
others should pay homage. "Automatic software update" is brilliant! Why
didn't you patent it back in the 1970s or 80s when it first emerged?

--- HJ van Rantwijk <bugs4hj at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Roman Mironenko wrote:
> > I have my extensions at mozdev.org (for almost a year now) for a
> reason, 
> > anyone can go and check the code out, anyone can update from there.
>  But 
> > obviously mozilla.org is more popular with users, so I listed
> extensions 
> > with them for more access.  All I am saying is that if I wanted to
> do 
> > some damage with my code, I wouldn't register with any oss site, I
> would 
> > develop a few extensions at home, would submit them to mozilla.org
> from 
> > different anonymous IP addresses under fake names, fake email
> accounts.  
> > The extensions would complement each other in their viral
> functionality 
> > but would look harmless seperate from each other.  That is what I
> would 
> > do if I wanted to attack someone's machine, not discuss better
> upgrade 
> > strategies on this mailing list.
> > 
> > What I am going to do is give the end user a choice to upgrade from
> > mozdev.org, make it a clear choice and let the user to select
> whether he 
> > wants this choice or not through the settings menu.
> > 
> > I am sure more people are going to do the same and soon if
> mozilla.org 
> > site will not be able to run approval processes faster.
> We, the MultiZilla project, doesn't use UMO and we don't need them 
> either. We're still happy with mozdev.org and the people working
> there.
> FYI: our project was the first to include an automatic update script 
> (read component), something that you can find in Firefox today (be it
> more advanced). The first web based update file (updates.rdf) is 
> committed in 2001, but there's only a traceback to the file Raj (our 
> webmaster) committed on: Thu Aug 29 08:24:52 2002 UTC because we had
> to 
> re-commit all our files (Pete should still know about this problem).
> Anyway, Raj's commit is already a whopping 3 years and 4 months ago:
> http://www.mozdev.org/source/browse/multizilla/www/xpi/updates.rdf
> note the: "Still trying to fix repository".
> In short, Mozilla simply copied my idea, and that is not the first
> time ;)
> /HJ
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