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

#65 Re: Re: Nooo! (disconnected rants)

by voracity

Thursday April 8th, 2004 12:43 AM

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If it's followed through, this seems to me the most important turning point in Moz's history since it became open source. Actually, it's probably more important than that.

Does this mean there would be "new" binary code for widgets, rendering and file-system, and a new language that is some hybrid iteration of XUL/XBL/XTF/CSS/SVG/JS that allows "text-file" programs to access those binary code widgets, rendering and file-system tools? Would this mean development would take place alongside current mozilla development and would then supersede it (a bit like nglayout and mozclassic)?

How will you decide who works on it (within the MozFoundation, anyway)? Could you start coding straight away, or do you have to design the languages and widget/rendering/file-system architecture first? How would integrating more closely with gnome, while still being platform independent, work?

Sorry for so many questions, but my mind is overwhelmed by the potential here (for both possibilities and risks).