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

#25 jeepers!

by pbreit

Thursday January 23rd, 2003 3:23 PM

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"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"

That is preceisly why it is a bad idea!! If only 5 or 10% (1%?) of Moz users are using news, chat and compose, then it has been a horrible waste of time and preciously limited resources to develop them. Especially considering there are multiple good options for each of these apps on every platform.

And after 5 years, the closest we have to what the masses have been waiting for are the 0.x versions of Chimera and Phoenix whose futures aren't even clear!