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, 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, 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.

#22 Re: Re: Re: Did mozilla achieve what it promised ?

by pbreit

Monday March 31st, 2003 11:23 AM

You are replying to this message It is precisely the distraction of producing the non-browsing related components (mail, news, chat, compose, calendar) that eliminates the possiblility of Moz gaining meaningful marketshare. Moz's best shot at share is having AOL, Apple, bundle distribute Gecko. All the other components distract from this.