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.
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Monday April 12th, 1999 4:48 PM
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Interesting that when they discuss licenses and let people whine about Apples's and Sun's licenses, they never once mention Netscape's license that does not require royalties of any sort whatsoever.
And, okay, Apr. 12, IE did not come out last week, and W3C trashed it. Even C-NET mentioned how trashy its implementation was, and how MS barked about it.
And Mozilla may "need all the help it can get," but to be brutally honest, it got AOL's virtually bottomless pocketbook and blessing to continue with not only open source, but the license as well. What more do they need?
Still, it's amazing they even did a story on something as vague and ethereal as Mozilla is right now. It won't hit mainstream until July. I'm having this problem putting together a proposal for IDG (my employer) to do . . . For Dummies books on the Next Generation Amiga, which is quietly slated to come out in November. They plan to make major announcements this summer but until then, solid info is hard to come by.