Full Article Attached Mozilla Looking to Forge Alliances with GNOME and Other Open Source Projects to Combat Longhorn

Tuesday April 6th, 2004

jgraham writes: "Brendan Eich has written an interesting post to the netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey newsgroup outlining some of the plans being made to ensure that Mozilla technology remains useful and relevant in the future. Brendan sees Mozilla developing into an open cross-platform alternative to forthcoming Microsoft technologies such as XAML and is looking to collaborate with other open-source projects to make this happen." The GNOME project is mentioned explicitly. Brendan's message is part of a longer thread about the goals of

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by napolj2

Tuesday April 6th, 2004 8:41 PM

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Wow, this is big. I'm glad to see Mozilla developers thinking this far ahead. There are a few years before Longhorn comes out and gets widely adopted, and if this plan succeeds, I think we could give it some good competition. Not being a real developer, there is something I have a few questions about: in (IV), it says "build a new, unified desktop/web application platform from pieces of Mozilla and GNOME code, starting now." Would this still involve a GRE? What parts of the Mozilla source and GNOME source code would be used? How would the Mozilla and GNOME parts communicate and interoperate? Would there have to be major rewrites/revisions of code? And why GNOME and not KDE - because of the license, the architecture, or the willingness to work with us?