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

Friday January 24th, 2003 7:39 AM

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That's great that the Mozilla team are working on this. Is there somewhere that documents this process (Bugzilla???) so I can follow it? When is it expected to land in the trunk, and which release version of Mozilla can I expect to see it in? Sure, it's not the end of the world, but it does stop me using Mozilla properly.

I don't know why you made your comment about people rattling on against Mozilla being a suite of more than just a browser. I wasn't. In fact, if you read my comment properly you would have seen that I want to use more than just the browser. I quote: "so I stick with the hardly ideal solution of Netscape 4.x for my mail and news, and Mozilla for my browser". Right now, Mozilla is IMHO unusable as a complete product. Some bits of it are fantastic and the Mozilla team deserves all the congratulations they get. Some bits of it are very poor, and it's these bits that make the whole suite unworthy of it's v1.x status. Again, IMHO ;)