Full Article Attached Industry Standard on Commercial Software and Open Source

Monday April 12th, 1999

The Industry Standard has done a piece on commercial companies and Open Source.

There are a number of factual discrepancies that I believe should be cleared up. The author, Jason Krause, states, "In fact, if you go to Netscape's site and do a search to see who's checked out code in recent months, every one of the e-mail addresses come from a domain." If he really means "checked out", then this is just false. First, how did he get a list of people who have checked out Mozilla code? Second, I have checked out Mozilla code via CVS, and I don't have a email. If he meant "checked in", then this is false as well. There are numerous coders who don't work for Netscape who have checked in new code, and many more who have contributed patches that have been checked in by module owners.

He goes on: "Now, largely because of a confused Netscape road map, the launch is slated for this spring." Well, the roadmap is not confused, and the release is not slated for this spring. Beta is scheduled for July of this year.

Jason had contacted me for information regarding Mozilla's Open Source release. If you are interested in reading my responses, click "Full Article" below.

#10 Re:Industry Standard on Commercial Software and Op

by zontar

Tuesday April 13th, 1999 7:21 AM

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_Dan said,

"And they even broke their own DOM by screwing up the way certain elements work and rendering other useless (pixelTop, offsetParent, etc...). I think Microsoft jumped the gun with this release and ended up shooting themselves in the foot."

Don't you just love the way that MS seems to avoid backwards-compatibility issues by assuming that everybody's gonna upgrade the instant it releases a new version of something? Let's see... MS has altered its DOM implementation... it's still nonstandard... it's being incorporated into Win2000 and Office2000... more requirements to test every little thing under the sun to make sure things are compatible across browsers... at least in the version 4's we could do one or two object tests and then move on... Now we're not even going to be able to do that. Sheesh.

Been reading in several places (e.g. InfoWorld) how IT managers are already starting to complain about how IE5 is going to integrated into everything but the kitchen sink... Listen up, MS: Monolithic, proprietary application suites are yesterday's news.

Modularity and cross-compatibility, there's the wave of the future...