The beauty of open source
Reading the farewell post from Jan Honza Odvarko I was struck by an early decision from Joe Hewitt ( the original developer) to keep the project open source. As he was developing version 1.0 , Joe stated this:
The first announcement is in regards to Firebug’s licensing. As I was developing Firebug 1.0, I began to wonder if I should try to turn the project from a hobby into a business. When I proposed this idea on my blog, the response was very positive and reaffirmed my belief that Firebug could do well as a commercial product.
However, in the end, I just don’t feel like that is the right thing to do. I love working on Firebug because I know I’m making a lot of people happy and helping to advance the state of the art. That’s a lot more meaningful to me than just about anything else, and so, I’ve decided that Firebug will remain free and open source.
I am very thankful that he did. Goodnight Firebug.