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Microsoft Ruling to Come Today

Monday April 3rd, 2000

The Associated Press is reporting that Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson will issue a ruling in the Microsoft anititrust suit after the financial markets close today. The notice of the ruling follows the failure of settlement talks mediated by Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago.

It's fair to consider Mozilla an indirect consequence of Microsoft's actions in the browser space. So, I have a hypothetical question to pose to you. What do you think the browser situation would look like today if Mozilla wasn't made Open Source -- if Netscape had held onto their code and produced it without outside help? What would the last two years have been like? Where would the browsers be today?


#10 Would have been better for now

by thelem

Monday April 3rd, 2000 2:40 PM

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I don't think anyone can argue that the biggest problem with mozilla.org is that we still have no product released. I think that would all be differant if it had been an internal project (MozClassic would have been released).

I also think that the better standards support, XUL and everything like that would have come about. IIRC these were both ideas from Netscape employees. Remember Netscape employees still make up the majority of the development effort

So what wouldn't have happened. Well we wouldn't have had JWZ, or rather it wouldn't have been repeated in every article about netscape. Nor would we have had hyatt, he would now be working full time on his new project.

We wouldn't have ChatZilla, we wouldn't have load of enhancements from users like Ben's menus. We probably wouldn't have engineers from external companies like RedHat, or maybe even sun working on Netscape. But most importantly we wouldn't have the potential to get even more users. Remember the number of external developers working on a project spirals as soon as you have a successful release. And I think this is the biggest differance that opening the source will make. So, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Lemming <http://www.lemnet.com/>