O'Reilly Network on the Netscape-Mozilla Relationship

Wednesday September 4th, 2002

Last week, the O'Reilly Network published a weblog entry-cum-article about Mozilla from software professional Kevin Bedell. Superficially, the piece may appear to be just another Netscape 7.0 review but it also examines the organization of the Mozilla Project. Describing Mozilla as "a case-book example of outstanding open source management", the article discusses who benefits the most from the cooperation between Netscape and the open source community.

While you're there, check out the O'Reilly Network's other weblog posts about Mozilla and the Mozilla DevCenter.

#2 netscape & profit??

by jilles

Thursday September 5th, 2002 5:57 AM

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I love Mozilla and use it on a daily basis but I was wondering what kind of revenue streams are actually paying for it. Most Mozilla developers are on Netscape's payrole. Netscape creates a free mozilla based browser that most knowledgeable users prefer not to use.

Netscape apparently is paying the bills but where does the money come from? They have some revenue from ads from their once very popular portal (not very much I suspect), some license fees from their slowly dying server products and anything AOL choses to throw at them. Netscape 7.0 is a free product so it can't be generating much revenue. Yet AOL keeps paying the bills at Why do they do this and how long will they continue to do this?