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

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by Malc

Thursday January 23rd, 2003 6:02 AM

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What admin has the time to do that? Options slow people down and cause confusion. Keep it simple stupid - put a simple GUI on it, or create a custom distribution for those people. Expecting them to find and spend the time educating themselves and making these changes is unrealistic.