An Open Letter to Netscape

Steve Champeon
Stating the Obvious

Last week's announcement that you will give away your browser, all of your browser, inspired quite a bit of unbridled joy in the Internet developer community. But I would advise that before you go patting yourselves on your collective back for this (non-revenue generating) strategic decision, you spend some time reading the tea leaves of the industry, in the form of Jim Carlton's recent book on Apple.

In "Apple : The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders," Carlton lets the accusations fly and the dirty laundry flap just like that mythical pirate flag atop the Macintosh developer bunker. Yet his central theme is painfully clear:

      Arrogance kills.

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