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.

#29 Opera

by schapel

Wednesday April 2nd, 2003 9:49 AM

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Yeah, I don't see any mention of Opera 7 in those stats, so it looks like Opera is undercounted. However, I see no mention of Netscape 7 or Safari, either. It just looks like newer browsers are undercounted, not just Opera.

Every browser is undercounted by stats. You can use The Proxomitron to spoof the UA of any browser on Windows. Does anyone have any evidence that Opera is undercounted significantly more than other browsers? Some people claim that there are more Opera users than Mozilla users, even though the stats show that Mozilla is used three times as much as Opera. Sorry, I don't buy it!