I, for one, am glad the Mozilla team didn't reject Microsoft's offer. That would be just one more example of the fortress mentality of many in the open source community toward a company that, quite frankly, is a fact of life in the IT industry. Like it or not, Windows remains the leading computing platform, particularly on the desktop. For open source application developers to pretend otherwise would be pigheaded to the point of folly.
I'm not going to suggest that it's a new day at Microsoft. As yet there's far too little evidence to support that claim. But, at least where Firefox is concerned, the olive branch has been extended and accepted. Can't we feel good about that?
There is no stopping the open source movement now. From here on out, companies will use open source software to power their businesses. But they'll also use proprietary software for the foreseeable future. Too much of it is just too valuable to give it up. It's time for open source advocates to set aside their pride, recognize their place in the larger software market, and start working to build bridges, rater than fortresses. The pranks and the name-calling might be good for a chuckle, but they're not really helpful.