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 mozilla.org.
#44 Re: Mozilla can't go it alone - Are ready to open up?
Wednesday April 7th, 2004 12:09 PM
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1) Political change: That's what this announcement is meant to put in motion. I believe people *want* to work together if it will help us write better software.
2) Native look and feel: Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Gecko already use GTK+ to render on linux? Seeing as GTK+ is *GNOME's* own GUI engine I think your point here is moot.
3) Extensible: XBL allows you to bind pretty much any widget, native or non-native, to an XUL tag an make it all transparent to the end-developer. I can't see why you'd have any trouble implementing any additional widgets.
4) SVG: I agree with you somewhat on this point; however, Gecko does have some very robust SVG support in the works. There are even some recent SVG-enabled builds up in the forums.
Lastly, GNOME won't have to throw away everything it has so done far, it can and should continue to allow a more traditional style of GUI programming. What we can do is allow for a rapid-development environment where the GUI is separated from the "business logic" code.