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Friday April 12th, 2002

The status reports for this week include updates from Beonex, mozdev, and Optimoz. Click the Full Article link to check them out.


#14 Re: Re: Re: I dont see the point of the Beonex rel

by roro

Tuesday April 16th, 2002 10:17 PM

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Interesting. Thanks for the link.

One wonderful thing about Mozilla is that you can customize it pretty heavily without source code. I'm glad that Netscape is taking advantage of this.

There are still good reasons to have source around though, for instance emergency patches ( hopefully to be fixed in the next Moz release ), architecture-specific compilation for perf reasons and/or for platforms unsupported by NS.

Also, participation in the Moz development community based on shared desire for specific features with capable developers that happen to work for other companies. Source helps here :)

Last but not least, I find the Netscape license undesirable especially with the MPL/GLP/LGPL choice becoming available for Moz. This gives me mature, tested source code that I can reuse in other GPL/LGPL projects.

What I'm saying is, organizations such as Beonex are an example of companies that can help perform these kinds of functions for customers that don't happen to have someone on staff with the neccessary skills, but who possess the knowledge, desire and money to fund specialized Mozilla development.

Netscape used to serve the kind of customer I am describing, but they seem to have refocused since the AOL ( now AOL Time Warner ) buyout. I don't think Netscape supported them to the extent that I am describing, but I'm sure if you were an interested customer you could get alot of input into the development process. It wouldn't have been practical for them to try to fulfill every little client request of course.

Thankfully, the core technology is free to be further developed and marketed by companies with different priorities, so this is fine by me. This also helps the Mozilla project ( and therefore all the distributors ) by attracting new contributers.