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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.


#68 Re: 2 major players not guarantee of competition

by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Monday August 20th, 2001 5:17 AM

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"2 major players not guarantee of competition"

You're right there but it's slightly more desireable than just having one.

"Microsoft almost included Smart Tags with IE6, which would make a mockery of hyperlinks. It would control every web site. In fact, it's still shipping with Office, so it is not dead at all."

Smart Tags are a great idea, it's just the implementation that sucks. In their purest form Smart Tags are basically implicit links which was one of the early visions for hypertext. Microsoft's implementation is flawed.

"Microsoft already is doing well on palm-sized PDAs. Ipaq has surpassed Palm in Europe, and greatly catching up here in its base."

I live in the UK and recently Psion has decided to quit the hardware business. This is a shame since they've been making PDAs since the early 1980s but they've lost out to newer competitors (Palm, Handspring etc.).

"Streaming video/audio, consoles, etc, are not much different from browsers. They're easily co-opted through browser/OS integration, and most people I know don't care who makes what. At least they don't bother to."

Gaining dominance in streaming media by exerting an OS monopoly (as Microsoft is doing now) is a lot more dangerous than gaining a monopoly in browsers. HTML is, for the most part, an open standard whereas streaming media protocols (RealMedia, Windows Media) are closed. This means that whoever controls the standards can make a lot of money from licensing them. It's like that today with Philips getting a cut from every CD sale but by owning Windows Media Player, Microsoft can also promote the media it chooses through its WindowsMedia.com portal (of course RealNetworks can do the same thing with Real.com). And with Microsoft gaining monopolies in other areas... it's a little too much control for my liking.

Alex