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?

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by Kovu <>

Monday April 3rd, 2000 12:56 PM

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If things had gone as they had until now minus the open-sourcing, Navigator would be history. I had the 5.0 beta, it wasn't impressively different. Microsoft would have won, because no one would have any incentive to switch to the new Navigator. Netscape would either be dead at this point (AOL may not have considered the company worth buying without the incredible Mozilla technologies) or aquired by someone else by now (Red Hat, perhaps?).

The last two years would probably have seen 5.x releases, and maybe by now a 6.x, and while I can't judge what the standards support would be, I assume it would still be broken, even if it was better (like Microsoft), and the code would still be a bloated nightmare.

Life in Netscape land, in short, would now suck in comparison.