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Five Years Ago Today: Netscape Source Code Released

Sunday March 30th, 2003

On this day in 1998, Netscape made good on its historic announcement to release the Communicator source code. At 10:00am Pacific Time, an early development snapshot of Netscape Communicator 5.0 — which included Navigator and Composer but not Messenger — was posted to mozilla.org, together with a note thanking those who had made it happen. Netscape also published a document describing how the open source development process would work after the code release. Contemporary news coverage came from sites such as CNET News.com, whose article featured quotes from both Netscape and Microsoft, and Wired News, who filed reports both shortly before the release and on the day after.


#2 Did mozilla achieve what it promised ?

by gangz

Monday March 31st, 2003 2:20 AM

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It surely is a wonderful feeling to have a complete framework which has withstood the test of time and growing. But let us look at it from a critical point of view. Did mozilla (or the complete range of browsers) achieve what they aimed at. I would like to know what people think about this. This post is not flamebait. It is an attempt to understand what do people feel about the objectives that were set then and whether they were achieved in the right timeframe. I honestly donot know what it was 5 years ago, coz I did not know about GPL , open source, linux those days. But I definitely knew there was a nice browser called netscape communicator and I prefered it over Internet Explorer. Happy birthday !