Simon Phipps, who used to be Sun’s open source guy and now works for ForgeRock, recently devised a set of tests and questions to see if a particular open source community was “open by rule” – that is, that it followed open source governance best practices.
I did take issue a bit with what he said about trademarks, but in general I think his approach is valuable. I submitted the necessary data to him about Mozilla, and he has now published his assessment.
On a scale of -10 to +10, Mozilla scores +6, dropping 2 points in the “open” category, and one each in the “trademarks” and “roadmap” categories. I would be very interested to hear people’s comments on the reasons Simon gives as to why Mozilla does not score full marks.