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.
Yes, in Extremetracking, at least, Opera *is* significantly more undercounted than other browsers!
Netscape 6/7, Mozilla, Phoenix, (and other Gecko browsers) and also Safari are all counted as "Netscape 6", I think that's pretty well known. Opera 7 is counted as "Opera 6", but *only* if the user has manually changed the identification, otherwise it is counted as MSIE. (And yeah, obviously KHTML browsers are totally undercounted in these statistics, too.)
I have compared raw UA-string data in a logfile to corresponding Extremetracking stats, and am quite sure of this.
According to the stats I've looked at, I'd estimate that Opera has more users than Gecko. But I guess it's impossible to say anything for sure. Popularity of Opera/Gecko certainly varies depending on the site, and perhaps on geographical location of the users etc. (Exact stats from Google would probably be interesting to look at...)