Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Series Foreword

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p. vii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-4

Firefox is a free Web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation for Windows, Linux, and Mac and in use by an estimated 270 million people worldwide.1 As of December 2008, Firefox had garnered over 21 percent of browser market share...

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Open Source

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pp. 5-23

In 1995, three years before its acquisition by AOL, Netscape Communications marked its initial public offering with a plan to distribute its browser, Netscape Communicator (formerly Navigator), at no cost. Netscape would have gone forward...

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Open Source at Mozilla

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pp. 24-34

The independent Mozilla Organization was born in the late 1990s, at the apogee of the Silicon Valley dot-com boom. Even the proponents of free software who were nonetheless skeptical of the application of free-software...

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Licensing

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pp. 35-40

Essential to the success of the Mozilla Project today is Netscape’s historic decision to license the browser software to the public under an open source license. Communicator source code was released in 1998 under “Project Source 331.”...

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Beyond Software

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pp. 41-52

Some facets of the Mozilla Project are not concerned with source code development, but nevertheless are organized as modules. Module owners in nontechnical areas seek experts in marketing, user support, beta testing, and event planning...

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What Software Has to Teach Government

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pp. 53-92

Contemporary examples of crowdsourcing abound. Examples of mass participation in the public sector often take the form of wikis. Similar in its function to the Mozilla Knowledge Base, DailyStrength.org is a health network of individuals...

Notes

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pp. 93-104