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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?


#17 My Thoughts

by Tanyel <tanyel@straightblack.com>

Monday April 3rd, 2000 11:47 PM

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The question is not "what would happen if Netscape never produced a 'standards-compliant' browser". The question is "what would happen if Netscape never became an open-source project".

Microsoft would have still gained its "dominance" because of its tyrannical business practices. Netscape would probably still embrace the W3C and use "standards compliance" as its battle cry. The project would fail but AOL would probably still acquire Netscape since all it wanted was the name anyway.

Eventually, Netscape would release a new browser, different from the current one but possibly still as good. There would be no Mozillazine. I suppose there might still be a Bugzilla.

There would be less support for Netscape. Much of the support comes from the "open source" community, which supports netscape as possibly the only satisfactory browser for their operating system. I suppose they would still prefer Netscape because it is not Microsoft. However, they would not feel so much a part of the struggle, and would not be as intense in their defense of the project. Maybe Opera would be their chosen browser.