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 Mozilla.org 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 netscape.com 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 Netscape.com 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.
#13 "commercial application developers"
Tuesday April 13th, 1999 10:37 AM
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<quote>In addition, the people at Mozilla.org and Netscape are working with commercial application developers to integrate their browser into upcoming applications. I have no more information on that at the moment.</quote>
Beyond Communicator, AOL/Netscape hopes to encourage other companies to work with mozilla.org to port Gecko onto other platforms. Why? Because the company wants to deliver AOL content to PDAs, kiosks, set-top boxes, even cell phones. A compact, standards-compliant embedded browser, built from free Gecko source code, would be the easiest way to make "AOL Anywhere" a reality. The rest of us would benefit too: Unlike the "push" systems of 1997, Gecko-powered devices could display all existing Web sites, not just a few big companies' custom-built channels. (Taken from <http://www.mozillazine.or…talkback.html?article=486>)