updated 03:40 pm EDT, Tue June 19, 2007
Mozilla CEO slams Jobs
In a posting to his blog, Mozilla CEO John Lilly reacts harshly to Steve Jobs' keynote address at the Apple WWDC earlier this month, saying that Jobs wants to "bring more of the world under directed control from Cupertino," and is out of touch with the way that the Web actually works. Pointing specifically to a slide that shows Apple's hope for the future -- a two-slice market-share pie of the Web browser market split between Safari and Internet Explorer -- Lilly opines that Wikipedia, Creative Commons, Linux and Firefox have all shown that duopolistic control scheme will not work.
Likening the scenario to Ford and GM's dominance of the early American auto industry, Lilly says that putting only two companies in control of the Web destroys "selt-determination" and ruins the end-user experience. "We've never ever at Mozilla said that we care about Firefox market share at the expense of our more important goal: to keep the web open and a public resource. The web belongs to people, not companies," he says.
Finally, Lilly paraphrases Jobs' speculation that Safari on will attract 100 million new users and return the world to a 2 browser state, quipping "[...] don't bet on it."