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Mozilla.org Announces Intent to Dual-License Mozilla

Wednesday August 16th, 2000

Mozilla.org 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 mozilla.org.


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

by rgelb <nospam@nospam.com>

Wednesday August 16th, 2000 9:29 PM

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First off, I am not a troll. I've been checking out builds since m9. Plus, I've written software utilizing moz.

1. I do not dispute the IDG figures, but figures talk about shipments. I am talking about an installed base. A lot people purchased Linux to see what it is all about. After playing with it for a month, they gave up on it because it didn't support something (winmodem, USB, DSL, whatever...) or didn't want to get into compiling patches. So I seriously doubt that Linux installed base on the client is at even 1%. Think of 100 people you know (NOT including programmers, just end-users) at work or friends who use Linux as their primary OS. It is doubtful that many people know the statistical 4.1 persons. For instance, I don't know of any large company that has their people working on Linux.

2. What I meant to say was that once you used Office2k, in terms of functionality and ease of use, it is difficult to go back to StarOffice. I've installed StarOffice on Linux and Windows. On Windows, there is simply no comparison to Office2k. On Linux, I thought it was pretty good, except the startup time is ferocious and I ended up using WordPerfect. When I talk about integration, I am saying that there is absolutely no integration between the members of GNOME foundation. Moz is doing its own thing and is not skinnable by GNOME skinz, StarOffice is going its own direction... In other words, this is an alliance in words only.

3. 90% of users will never change a skin. The proof is that I see winamp on many desktops at work and have yet to see it have a different skin. When people see a skinned winamp on my desktop, they don't know what to make of it. That said, the Modern skin will turn off a great many people. But the UI is a topic for a different discussion.