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.

#4 Re: Did mozilla achieve what it promised ?

by simifilm

Monday March 31st, 2003 4:02 AM

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I guess that really depends on what you define as Mozilla's goal. If Mozilla was aimed at becoming the number one browser, it has clearly failed. But IMO this was an impossible task in the beginning. As long as MS bundles IE with their OS it simply can't be beaten.

If you define Mozilla's goal as offering an open source, cross platform, standard compliant browser it was very succesful. Mozilla today is the most standard compliant browser, and although it has a small marketshare its influence on other browsers is strong. Just look at the whole tabs debatte among the Safari user. I know that Mozilla hasn't invented tabs, but I'm sure without it, tabs wouldn't be such a hot topic.

You could also compare Moz's success in relation to other open source projects, and here you can see good and bad things. Bugzilla for example has proven to very successful and was adapted in many other places. In terms of general organisation Mozilla shows a mixed picture. The general code quality could definitely be better...

Just some random thoughts...