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

#51 Were are the good, affordable Mail programs for the Mac

by PaulB <>

Friday January 24th, 2003 7:37 PM

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On the Mac the only competition is iMail. Some people like it. I do not. It is a personal preference. We talk about competition, then we want to reduce competition by scrapping all Mozilla projects except the browser. I would hate for Mozilla to give up on the Mail only to find out that one day outlook was my only choice. BTW work is underway to rework Mozilla so that the each app (mail, news, etc.) will each run in its own process eventually. When this occurs, amny aspects of Mozilla as a suite will disappear. No longer will downloading a large numder of newsgroup messages take over the Mozilla application preventing the user from doing another task at the same time.

Also I have heard from some developers that if they came to Mozilla to work specifically to work on one of the apps be it browser, mail/news, IRC Chat. Some of the developers would not have been attracted to work on a browser. Some want to work at mail, some a calendar. If Mozilla dropped everything but the browser Mozilla might not have gained more developers. Some who were attracted to aspects of Mozilla other than the browser might not have joined the effort in the first place.