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?
Here's my theory: If Communicator's source code hadn't been opened, Communicator would have died - and a nasty death at that. I also think that, with Netscape gone, Microsoft would have gone after Opera, or any other browser it could.
Viva la lizard!