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

#55 Re: Nooo! (disconnected rants)

by brendan <>

Wednesday April 7th, 2004 7:38 PM

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Minh Nguyen has responded well already. I wanted to add: rest assured we are not looking to obfuscate or add extra layers, except where they demonstrably do not affect performance and actually simply programmer models. We can't afford to make things thicker or more complex; competitive pressure from Longhorn will see to that. When you're up against System.Windows.*, nsIFoo and gtk_ mixed together can't compete. We will need to present a unified, extensible class/object model of some sort, without reinventing Longhorn. That's a given.

And yeah, we have to walk and chew bubblegum at the same time: we must continue the FIrefox and Thunderbird work initiated with last year's roadmap, even as we jack up Gecko and slide in a new widget/graphics/extension-language platform.