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

#14 Mozilla can't go it alone - Are ready to open up?

by geraldb

Wednesday April 7th, 2004 1:57 AM

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> Edd Dumbill's blog is particularly interesting in the context of establishing this Alliance:

Allow me to quote the core passage:

If we were to back [Mozilla] XUL for a next generation of GNOME UI, what would need to happen? First and foremost would be a political and social change to get more dialogue going between Mozilla and GNOME. Secondly, there'd need to be a way to ensure a good native GNOME look and feel and interoperability. Thirdly, it would need to be extensible enough to use the richer palette of widgets GNOME offers. Fourthly, Mozilla needs to get SVG support done to bring richer graphics into the UI.

I like [Mozilla] XUL, I really do. But I worry that the drag factor is too large to bring [Mozilla] XUL up to GNOME's level of expressivity, and GNOME doesn't want to throw away what it's got.