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

#8 and what makes you think...

by joschi

Wednesday January 22nd, 2003 6:17 PM

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and what makes you think that the slowness of the release is the fault of the open sources process? it was clearly the fact that that original netscape 5 codebase was so broken that they had to start from scratch. furthermore, a 4 year cycle is not unknown for developing a project from scratch, especially considering the incredable bredth of the mozilla project.