Mozilla Foundation Holds Future Strategy Talks with GNOME Foundation

Monday April 26th, 2004

Slashdot is reporting that the Mozilla Foundation has held talks with the GNOME Foundation to discuss future collaboration. The minutes of the meeting, which took place via teleconference last Wednesday, reveal that the discussions covered the integration of Mozilla with GNOME, strategies to combat Microsoft Longhorn technologies (especially XAML), duplication of technology between the two projects and the default Linux browser. The meeting follows Brendan Eich's earlier comments about how the Mozilla project can move forward with GNOME. Exactly how closely the two projects will work together is still being debated. The Mozilla Foundation is keen to form an official alliance with GNOME, while founder of the Galeon and Epiphany GNOME browser projects Marco Pesenti Gritti is pushing for a full merger.

#12 Don't do steps with Gnome only

by Sargon

Tuesday April 27th, 2004 4:28 AM

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The question for me is, what does a tight co-operation with Gnome mean for other Mozilla platforms. Would there be capabilities which are present in conjunction with Gnome only? Would there be any hidden APIs (probably not possible due to the open source nature of both projects) which expose those additional capabilities? If not, what would be the benefits? More development resources for Mozilla and friends? If the target is MS and Longhorn I believe there needs to be the KDE team heavily involved. Who knows which Linux desktop will prevail, if any? Would Gnome and KDE continue to co-exist? Referring to some Novell comments, there might be a movement towards KDE. I would definitely not like a merger with Gnome since it affects credibility of Mozilla as XP application and even as working with both under Linux, Gnome and KDE. This does not necessarily mean any technical problems but it is a problem of perception. Be careful about that...