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

#15 They certainly can afford it

by leafdigital

Thursday January 23rd, 2003 4:12 AM

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Microsoft certainly *can* afford to write a browser from scratch in much less than four years. (How long did it take them to write IE4, which was done from scratch? It wasn't four years.)

They've got essentially infinite development resources (well, as much as they choose to throw money at it), which kind of helps.

I'm with you on market share not being the really important thing, though, and your other points. Mozilla is never going to overtake IE, but if Gecko-based browsers can manage 5 or 10% eventually and a few other alternative browsers also pick up a few %, then we can move toward a much healthier Web situation with IE's dominance reduced to, say, 75%. (At the moment, IE's at around 90%+)