Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal

Friday March 12th, 1999

The DoJ has given a thumbs-up to the AOL/Netscape/Sun acquisition/merger/strategic alliance. You can read about it at and at Infoworld.

#3 Re: to J. Russel

by C.R.

Friday March 12th, 1999 11:36 PM

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Unfortunatelly, Netscape has already failed in its Open Source tentative. Just think how much externally developed code was checked in. I'll tell you: close to 0. How many subprojects/modules are being managed by non-Netscape people? None. Just compare that with true open source projects... And the main reason is the unmeasurable arogance of Netscape developers - they are THE BEST!!!

And while Microsoft is delivering an excellent product in just 6 days, Netscape developers are very, very busy reinventing the wheel. They are rediscovering COM, writing a cross platform Widget Set, and so on.

Just think about this: IE 5.0 is READY. What about Commuincator 5?!?!? There is not even a pre-alpha usable build! That crippled Viewer is the only running application. And don't even get me started about Apprunner...

And with all those innovations being included, and with all the cool things being written, I am pretty sure that the release date for 5.0 is somewhere after Q3 2000. And you know what will happen then? All that standard compliance will be useless, because the only standard, already installed everywhere will be Internet Explorer.

I'm going to cry in my pillow now...