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

#52 Right here

by pbreit

Friday January 24th, 2003 8:57 PM

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Outlook, Entourage, Eudora, Mulberry, Magellan and Mail for starters.

Great, so more precious, limited engineering resources are going to have to waste a bunch more time splitting out all the apps into their own threads.

If engineers are so interested in developing a mail client, why can't they do it in a focused manner?

Can we admit that Chimera got it right?