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.

#8 intertwingularity?

by ckjnigel

Wednesday September 11th, 2002 5:08 PM

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I'm out of my depth in matters of coding, but I think Mozilla excels at presenting information. I saw that intertwingularity is mentioned now in long-range plans... Isn't the principal purpose of the computer to grab, manage and share information? ... and consider all the bloggery! Even in the noise there is information -- things akin to Yahoo's buzz index, what flavor is phat, etc...