Independent Project Status Reports
Tuesday May 15th, 2001
This week's report features updates from K-Meleon, DocZilla, the Links Panel, and the new Link Element Toolbar. Enjoy!
#59 And it would be terrible news for AOL
Sunday May 27th, 2001 4:08 AM
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What people debating this seem to be missing is just how bad news this will be for AOL, or at least their customers. Call me an optimist, but I can't see why anyone would want to be locked into IE when I think you can be pretty certain that, unless IE 7 is something spectacular, Mozilla will totally kick its arse.
Perhaps not just yet, perhaps not even at mozilla 1.0, but I have every confidence that once a rock-solid cutting edge browser is out there, Mozilla 2.0, or whatever other browsers that follow, built on this solid foundation, will be stunning.
People seem to miss the fact that once Mozilla 1.0 is out there /anyone/ can make use of the code. What that means is that anyone who comes up with a great idea - or the next killer web app - will be able to implement it unimaginably quicker that if they had to write it from scratch (as would have happened if open-source Mozilla had never come about).
For AOL to agree to this lock in could be disasterous - Microsoft are notoriously slow at predicting what the next big thing is (and notoriously /successful/ at jumping on the bandwagon what seems too late) - and the foundation Mozilla lays may well bite them on the backside, and AOL too if they become intertwined.