MozillaZine Announces Intent to Dual-License Mozilla

Wednesday August 16th, 2000 announced today their intention to dual-license the whole of the Mozilla codebase under the MPL (Mozilla Public License) and the GPL (Gnu Public License). There is more information available in this news post, and the FAQ at


by mpt <>

Thursday August 17th, 2000 3:44 AM

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This is the best news I've heard this decade.

For a long time, the non-GPL-ness of the Mozilla license kept me from helping out with the project. (Although there would be some who would say that that was a good thing.:-) I think the same would have been the case for many other potential contributors.

This can only hasten that great day when the number of person-hours contributed by non-Netscape programmers exceeds the number of person-hours contributed by Netscape programmers.

When Mozilla developers no longer care (nearly so much) about the vagaries of Netscape's release schedule, because Mozilla itself is more important.

When it is no longer acceptable, at all, for specifications for Mozilla features to be hidden inside Netscape's firewall.

And when Netscape staffers stop referring to `the Net community' <http://bugzilla.mozilla.o…se+same+sort+as+last+time> as something outside themselves ... and, instead, start referring to themselves as part of the Mozilla community.

-- mpt