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.

#5 Re:Industry Standard on Commercial Software and Op

by arielb

Monday April 12th, 1999 6:42 PM

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What do people want? We have a rewritten layout engine that's very small and supports the standards. It's much easier for anyone to change the GUI without digging in C++ code (XUL for Dummies?). You'll be able to use any java you want. What else do people want that requires "hordes" of non-Netscape coders? Everything is now being done the right way.