IE's New Rendering Engine

Friday September 10th, 1999

IE will be utilizing a new rendering engine in v5 for Mac, according to this article at TechWeb. And here's a Flash demo to show you what it's all about. A bit weak on specifics, though. If their browser was Open Source, maybe they wouldn't have to resort to using a cartoon called ZipIE as their technical contact.

Thanks to Adam Lock for the news.

#31 Is Microsoft allowed to use the Mozilla Code Base?

by Anon

Friday September 10th, 1999 11:34 PM

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People, please read the license or shut up. IANAL (I am not a lawyer), and the following is just an partial summary of the whole license.

Thus said: The license explictly requires that any executable you distribute must have a notice that it is was created using code covered by the NPL.

Any source code where you use or modify code which is under NPL, has to be under NPL, too.

In explanation: Microsoft is free to use any source code from Mozilla.

However, they would *have* to announce that fact in their executable in a prominent place.

If they modified any code under NPL, they would *have* to publish it and tell in a prominent place with the executable where you can get it.

So *if* they used code from Mozilla and *if* they did not state so, they have made unlicensed (=illegal) use of that code.

PS: I don't mind Microsoft using Mozilla's code as long as they don't change it or contribute their changes. This would give us two standard conformant browsers.