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M13 Alpha - What's Next?

Thursday January 27th, 2000

Mozilla.org has declared M13 to be "alpha" which means Mozilla needs your attention and constructive bug reports as it pushes towards beta. Why not check out the latest builds and start using Mozilla more and more throughout your day?

Also, you can join the gathering in #mozillazine every evening. Talk about the latest builds, help clear out duplicate bugs, or just hang and chat. Point your IRC client at irc.mozilla.org, or, better yet, you can use the Chatzilla IRC client enabled in the latest builds (under the Tasks menu). Just start up the client, /attach moznet, and then /join #mozillazine. You'll probably want to change your nick from IRCMonkey to something more appropriate once you get connected. :-) You can also use the Java chat client on our chat page.


#76 The real reason for mail/news/editor

by mykmelez <myk@zapogee.com>

Saturday January 29th, 2000 5:38 PM

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned it. Netscape Communicator was originally a suite of products (Navigator, Mail/News, Composer, and others) sold in the business market to corporations who wanted an integrated suite that also worked well with Netscape's server-side products.

When Netscape created the Mozilla organization to build the next generation Netscape Communicator, it commissioned Mozilla with building a browser according to this model.

This model may be out of date, although clearly AOL/Netscape doesn't think so. Probably the only guys who can answer this question are the iPlanet folks (the joint Sun/AOL venture that now sells Netscape's server-side software to corporations). My guess is that there are a significant number of corporations who buy Netscape's products who still want an integrated suite, otherwise AOL would redeploy the Netscape developers to a different part of Mozilla.

Which brings us, once again, to open source, and it is apparently worth mentioning this once again: Mozilla is an open source project. It is free software (as in beer). You have ultimate control over its fate up to and including branching the entire project and building your own browser. Everyone at Mozilla is a "volunteer" including Netscape's employees. There is, therefore, no reason for them to build anything other than what they want for their own purposes. If they want mail/news, they get to build it. If you want just a browser, you get to build that. That's how free software works.

Instead of complaining (particularly about decisions already made and products already built), volunteer for the parts of the project you want to see succeed, or volunteer for another project that matches your interests more, or create your own project (branching Mozilla if necessary). There are already a number of other free software browser efforts going on (f.e. the KDE and Gnome browsers).

Or, if you'd rather get something for nothing, be prepared for the people who give it to you to decide what it is.