Salon on Mozilla as a Platform

Tuesday September 10th, 2002

Emmet and tim both wrote in to say that Salon has an article about Mozilla as a platform. Noting that Mozilla's cross-platform framework makes it relatively easy to create add-ons for Mozilla, the report discusses the possibility of Mozilla becoming a platform that could threaten Windows — which is exactly what Microsoft feared Netscape might do in the 1990s. This poetic justice isn't lost on Salon.

Earlier this year, work began on two projects that could help the adoption of Mozilla as a platform. The Mozilla Runtime Environment (MRE) aims to provide an execution environment for applications that embed Gecko, eliminating the need for every Mozilla-based application to include its own Mozilla distribution. More recently, development started on the XUL Runtime Environment (XRE), a superset of the MRE that is intended to provide an execution environment for stand-alone XUL applications.

UPDATE! According to bug 167795, the Mozilla Runtime Environment is soon to be renamed to the Gecko Runtime Environment.

#15 intertwingularity? submitted by ckjnigel re: intertwingularity?

by GAThrawn

Thursday September 12th, 2002 8:54 AM

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I assume you're talking about <…/199805/intertwingle.html>

Intertwingularity does sound like a good idea in theory, but I wouldn't have thought that there are any current plans to attempt a serious implementation of this in Mozilla at the moment.

Note that the document was a bit of "blue sky" thinking by Jamie Zawinsky (JWZ). He was one of Netscape's early coders who almost single-handedly got Netscape 1.0 for Unix out, and one of the originators of the project and one of the leading forces behind open-sourcing Netscape's browser code. However he split with Netscape/AOL over various differences and AFAIK doesn't actually contribute any code to Mozilla these days. (note that he wrote the above document in 1998). So he's unlike;y to be working on it himself.