Birth of the Firefox, Part 2
In the thirty years since its inception, Schin had seen the Firefox project go from Netscape’s red-headed stepchild to Microsoft’s middleware nightmare to the ultimate powerhouse that it was today, relegating Microsoft to an ever-dwindling position on business machines and servers. Even Linux had been subsumed; now Stallman and Torvalds were in the same boat as the predominant free operating system was now called neither GNU nor Linux except by the older generation; to everyone else it was “Firefox,” or “the Mozilla distro.”
Schin hadn’t been there for all of it, of course; he was too young to have been more than a kindergartner at the time the project was founded. But he had been there when the project really took off. He had been the driving force behind it—or so he liked to think.
And now the other project board members had the unmitigated gall to try to lock him out of it. They would soon find out that was harder than they thought.
Randall Schin would not be leaving Firefox without a fight.