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?
#15 One step back, then two leaps forward...
Monday April 3rd, 2000 7:50 PM
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It was a very bold, dangerous, and in the short run, damaging move. But now that Moz is almost ready, Netscape 6 is being fired up, we're going to make up a lot of ground. I'm a web developer, and today, one of my biggest clients, who knows VERY LITTLE about computers (He though AMD was a vendor like Gateway or Dell), he asked me if I thought that "this Mozilla thing" will be a significant improvement over IE. He read it in the news articles and such. He further asked me if I'd help him test it out when NS6 is released. Since I'm his IT manager/consultant, that means I'll be responsible for rolling out NS6 across all 6 of his offices around the country.
Mozilla is one small step for a company, one giant leap for computing.