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

#43 ridiculous

by pbreit

Friday January 24th, 2003 11:23 AM

You are replying to this message

It's ridiculous that the truth is considered trolling.

No "commercial customers" were using the suite. They were using the browser and to a significantly lesser extent the email client for which there are numerous good alternatives on every platform.

The easy concept is creating a lean, high performing browser and picking up 30-50% share despite the bundling of IE and the distribution muscle of Netscape/AOL. I'm speaking of Chimera.