New NetLib Project Underway
Sunday April 18th, 1999
A new Mozilla project is underway. Codenamed 'Necko', its aim is a complete overhaul of the current NetLib code, with special attention paid towards footprint, maintainability, and performance.
From the Necko page: "...the netlib kernel serves ... to act as an efficient data pipe between multiple physical transports (ie. file system, network, etc.) and a standardized stream abstraction which protocol handlers consume."
The new design will allow for customizability, platform specific substitutions for best performance, and quantitative analysis of performance.
There are a number of ways to get involved, from general feedback to standalone tests to performance optimizations and platform-specific work. They're also interested in handling Telnet via the new XUL interface, which would be a great addition to Mozilla.
#8 visit our sponsor ... Necco
Monday April 19th, 1999 6:19 PM
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So, is Necco really sponsoring Mozilla?
I've often wondered if non-computer companies could/should sponsor open-source programming projects. I mean, since there are so many programers in the world doing the same thing, computer-related IP could loose it's direct monetary value. On the other hand, people will always need food, clothing, cars, etc.
So we could have perl, brought to you by Lee, the jeans that fit. Or freely downloadable Linux, brought to you by Tide, which gets clothes their whitest. (I usually mute during commercials, so forgive me if I've forgotten the slogans.) It could be even better if the products sold were in the same genre as the software items, like a virus checker sponsored by Trojan condoms.
hmm... Think I'll post this on Slashdot, in hopes that someone in a better position than I will use this idea.