Five Years Ago: Netscape Announces Intention to Release Source Code

Wednesday January 22nd, 2003

On this day in 1998, Netscape Communications Corporation announced that it was planning to release the Netscape Communicator 5.0 source code to the public. Heralding the move as "bold" and "aggressive", Netscape described how it intended to "create a special Web site service where all interested parties can download the source code, post their enhancements, take part in newsgroup discussions, and obtain and share Communicator-related information with others in the Internet community." You'll know this site as

#13 Won!

by rgpublic

Thursday January 23rd, 2003 12:58 AM

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Well, this might sound a bit surprising, but IMO Microsoft has already lost, Though IE has got 90% market share, Mozilla's few percents have been enough to keep M$ from implementing the web "their way". Mozilla can display more and more pages each day. I don't know of one major page which relys i.e. on MS "filter-CSS-property", those "drawing pixel-based" (is it VML?) functions or all those proprietary extensions they've made up. If they had gained 100% they wouldn't have cared about implementing getElementById and so on. And finally they will lose because their code must be pretty messed up by now and under commercial pressure you can't afford 4 years of rewriting the codebased. Mozilla as open source could do that and its advantage will grow. Ok, over to the next "frontiers" - .NET and TCPA, hope the OS community will stop that before it starts.