MozillaZine Releases

Tuesday August 14th, 2001 today released the source code for, 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.

#62 Re: Re: get serious!

by macpeep

Sunday August 19th, 2001 11:47 PM

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"...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."

Platform and browser independent? Why would Microsoft care about that any more than they would care about making notepad platform independent? Their platform is Windows and anything else is irrelevant. It's not like Ford has to make seats and steering wheels that are compatible with Honda either, is it?

"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..."

Oh geez. Of course it's anti-competitive in the sense that the competition won't LIKE it. There's nothing wrong with that. That's like claiming IE6 is anti-competitive because it's such a great browser that the competition is just left gasping for air. Maybe the DOJ should stop it because it's too good?

Active/X is just a component model, like XPCOM that Mozilla uses. The fact that IE plugins are Active/X components means that they are not only plugins for IE but plugins for ANY application in Windows and since IE is an Active/X component, it too is a plugin for any application in Windows. That's damn cool, since it means you can embed Quick Time into a Word document or do anything else you want with it. When all plugins that I can think of, except Quick Time (which is being ported to Active/X) are already Active/X, it only makes sense to drop the legacy support for Netscape plugins.