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

#24 Monolith-this is simply your opinion

by PaulB <>

Thursday January 23rd, 2003 2:27 PM

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I rarely have the problems or issues you seem to have with Mozilla being a suite with browser/mail/news, etc being in one program. I appreciate the simplicity of being able to launch one program for all of my online tasks and not have to run multiple programs. After surfing for about one hour Mozilla is only using about 42MB and 139MB of virtual memory. IMHO Mozilla is not the memory/resource hog many (trolls?) here accuse it of being. My impressions of the beauty of Mozilla as a suite as opposed to seperate apps may be coloured by the fact that I have only used the MoacOS X version. Maybe other platforms are much worse and if I was running Mozilla on another paltform I too would be demanding the Mozilla suite be seperated into seperate apps. I don't believe the Mac Mozilla is that much better.

I wonder if some people take "shots" ;) at the Mozilla suite, not so much because it is a bad idea that Mozilla is a suite of internet apps, but because they don't need/like some of the bundled apps or only want a browser.

In my experience the suite of Mozilla apps works well. I find the browser to be speedy,mail and news work well for me. I would not want Mozilla's suite to be broken up. I want More than simply a browser.

For those who only desire the browser. Great, go for it. Not everyone will want the Mozilla suite of apps. That is the way things should be.

But I have to counter your argument that Mozilla is much worse because of its nature as a suite. For me Mozilla runs very well as a Suite. The program could not run any better as seperate apps. I have a fast Cable Internet Connection. I wonder if this is the reason I do not experience some of the issues you report. Is the experience of Mozilla very different between those with slow dialup vs high speed connection?