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

#31 nonsense

by pbreit

Thursday January 23rd, 2003 7:15 PM

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"their customers had needs and they built a suite that met them."

That's just plain non-sense. Just look at Chimera which has achieved a major portion of the Mac market despite being significantly handicapped in name recognition and distribution against Netscape and IE (and not even being 1.0 yet).

It is utterly obvious that a "suite" was a termendous over-shot.