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

#15 Re: Re: Re: What is the point???

by rkl

Thursday August 17th, 2000 4:31 AM

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Sorry, but your point 1 is invalid. IDG do indeed count shipments and for *paid shipments* (CD-ROM purchases), Linux already has 4% of the market. What about the huge number of people who download Linux and install it on a machine (and maybe more than one machine) - these are untrackable installs and could well add even more Linux desktop users.

If the truth be knwon, IDG don't really know the percentage of users who have Linux (and what about dual-boot, are they counted, even if you rarely boot into Linux?) - the fact that the number of purchased copies of Linux almost rivals the Macintosh (claimed to have the best desktop interface) is surely significant ?

If Linux's desktop progress continues, we might see the surprising situation of the Mac being relegated to "third place" on the desktop - there's more software available for Linux than the Mac, Linux is a superior OS and the only think missing is the shine of a polished UI (and we've all seen the myriad of new and updated UI projects that are busy being developed right now). The fact that Mozilla (and its components thanks to the dual licensing) can be involved in all these UI projects is something to get excited about. And, yes, this could well mean a whole load of Mozilla spin-off browsers (Galeon won't be the only one) too.