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

#55 Beauty of Open-Source

by DHiester

Sunday January 26th, 2003 3:11 PM

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If the community really weanted schools (and intranets) back, they could simply make another gecko-based project aimed at being administrated via the network. Granted, it's a lot of work for us, but it's no work for the admins. And honestly, it's that kind of guerilla warfare tactic that makes open-source so much more powerful than corporate software anyway.