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Bill Joy of Sun Spreads Little Joy

Thursday May 6th, 1999

Wishiknew writes, "In a 1 1/2 hour lecture to a University of Washington's computer science class, Chief Scientist Bill Joy of Sun Microsystems Inc. criticized Netscape Communications 'Mozilla' effort for it's inability to 'take off', despite being an open source project."

And he managed to plug Jini and Java quite a bit as well, I see. I wish there was a transcript or audio file of the event.


#6 Re:Bill Joy of Sun Spreads Little Joy

by mozineAdmin

Thursday May 6th, 1999 7:05 PM

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OLEVariant,

I don't know if I agree with that. IE has had over a year of time to penetrate the market. However, what we find is that with the advent of the Mozilla rendering control, app developers are opting to add the Mozilla renderer *in addition* to IE's. Homesite and TopStyle are just two examples. However, Mozilla offers much more in the area of extensibility: for example, the renderer used in the browser is the same used in composer. This will offer the ability for WYSIWYG development apps to incorporate a standards-compliant rendering engine inside their application - the same one that will be used by significant population of Internet surfers.

I wouldn't count Mozilla out yet. IE has not made as significant a penetration of the browser market as expected, despite their OS/browser bundling. In fact, Netscape is gaining in the business-user area.