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.

#9 cross platform please

by gzcao

Monday April 26th, 2004 11:38 PM

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With so much engergy going into a potential alliance with gnome (and for good reasons), I hope mozilla foundation's commitment to cross platform support will be not de-emphasized. If the target is xaml/longhorn, using a platform dependent alternative ain't going to be enough. I think the fight on the desktop is not going to be longhorn vs. linux, we know which is going to win, unfortunately. The fight will more likely be win 9x/nt/2k/xp + linux vs. longhorn. There are 300 million+ 9x/nt/2k/xp desktops out there, and many companies don't necessarily like to "upgrade" to longhorn if they can. Providing an alternative to xaml that works on all these platforms will definately help further slow down the move to longhorn. And when the day comes that they have to move off 9x/nt/2k/xp for whatever reason, knowing that what they have on their existing platform (xul+svg+xbl+xpcom, etc.) will carry on working on linux should, hopefully, help some make the right decision.

George Cao