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mozilla.org Releases 0.9.2.1

Tuesday August 14th, 2001

mozilla.org today released the source code for 0.9.2.1, which is the code that matches Netscape 6.1. This comes from the 0.9.2 branch, and is being made available both as part of the MPL license requirement, and as a way for third parties to easily use it to write compatible plugins and addon features to Netscape 6.1, as well as Mozilla.


#61 Re: get serious!

by sacolcor

Sunday August 19th, 2001 8:35 PM

You are replying to this message

"Microsoft plugins are no more proprietary than Netscape plugins. Second, Microsoft plugins have nothing to do with .NET *AT ALL* and everything to do with Active/X controls, which have been the component model in Windows since God knows how many years back."

...and therein lies the rub. Plug-ins could be (for the most part) platform and browser independent. Active/X controls only run on IE on Windows. By dropping plug-in support, MS is using IE's marketshare as a hammer to force browser add-in developers to either double their development costs (to do a plug-in *and* an Active/X control), or to switch to only Active/X controls. The big shops might continue to do both, but the smaller shops (I used to work for one) will almost certainly end up having to drop support for Netscape because of this. I don't see how this benefits consumers...all it does it make it harder for developers to offer cross-browser add-ins. That sounds pretty anti-competitive to me...