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.

#29 The Suite will live on.

by pkb351 <>

Wednesday April 28th, 2004 8:05 PM

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AOL/Netscape are currently reworking their internet strategy. Presently Netscape is hiring programers--web and software and plan to release an updated version of the Netscape suite. The news report (can't find the link at the moment) made it seem with the Netscape hiring of programers that the next version of Netscape would be more than a simple repackaging of Mozilla 1.x (1.7?).

Maybe AOL has a strategy up its sleeve. Remember their agreement with MS to use IE gave them the right to use it, but did not state that AOL had to use IE exclusively or even at AOL. AOL, under its agreement with MS could drop IE at anytime. Maybe with the upcomming Longhorn release and the tightening of IE with the OS even more, this integration takes some control of how AOL can market themselves on the net. Longhorn may dictact which media formats can/cannot be used and builds in an MS search engine which must be used. Maybe AOL sees the writing on the wall. Maybe AOL is afraid that if they stay with IE when longhorn is released AOL will feel as if they have been run over with a steamroller by MS.

Whatever the motivations behind AOL/Netscape's renewed interest in the suite, they are return to the suite and are hiring programers to work on it. With Netscape once again behind the suite, I don't see the suite going away any time soon.