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

#33 Hello

by PaulB <>

Thursday January 23rd, 2003 8:22 PM

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" 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."

Can you back up this statement or did you simply pull a figure out of thin air?

From the number of bugs posted for the Mail/News components by users who are not programmers, it appears that many (more than the 10 percent you quote are using mail. It only is a waste of time if you do not need it. Could you please back up your statement that working on anything other than the browser is a waste of time. Please show me your data or sources to backup the claim for "5 or 10% (1%?)" use any of Mozilla's features other than the browser? This is not the impression I have. Just go to Mozillazine see how many posts are concerned with the mail app. If as you claim very few users use use any of the apps such as Mail or chat, than why are so many post at Mozillazine posted on the Mail app.

If you want Mozilla to equal only the browser, that is fine. But many want the entire suite as well. I don't care if browser only projects are undertaken at Mozilla, just as long as the very valuable work on the browser suite can continue as well.

In reverse I could say why is Mozilla wasting its time on Phoenix. If users want only the browser they can download the installer and check the box so that only the browser is installed. Mozilla is wasting scarce resources developing a second browser. ;)