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?

#6 Farther along, in the wrong direction.

by damian <>

Monday April 3rd, 2000 1:31 PM

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I can imagine how botched up the standards support could be by now. Netscape probably would have pushed out more of their proprietory and disfunctional standards, Micro$oft would have done the same. Mozilla may in fact be the only reason that M$ made IE even slightly standards compliant. Probably a third browser, like Opera, would have gained more ground by trying to do the standards thing right. Indeed, web technologies that are not available today may have come into being, but what good would they be if they only worked in 30% or less of the browsers? Trying to build usable webpages would be more of a nightmare than it already is, the web would decay into uselessness, markets collapse, world economic depression, famine, plagues...

ok, maybe it wouldn't be that bad...