Request From MZ
Monday September 13th, 1999
There has been mention in a previous forum that IE's rendering engine on the Mac (Tasman) utilizes Mozilla code. However, no proof was given of this (and we find it hard to believe, to tell you the truth). We're interested in knowing one way or another, so if someone could provide more information, we'd appreciate it. Until then we'll view this as nothing more than rumour.
#10 It would make me more inclined to use moz source
Tuesday September 14th, 1999 8:42 AM
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You seem to think that I was pronouncing judgement on MS. Far from it. I *went out of my way* to state that I'm not inclined to believe it.
You seem to assume that I brought the issue to people's attention in order to denegrate MS. Well, if they did indeed use Mozilla code without proper mention (as the license dicates), then their own actions indict them.
However, those actions would also, I think, be a benefit to Mozilla. If MS uses the code, then obviously the work that the mozilla team doing is worth checking out. (It is under any circumstance.)
I personally think that if MS is using Mozilla code, they should continue to do so. It would aid greatly on issues of cross-browser compatibility. If they aren't using Mozilla code, then that's fine too (although I personally don't know why they would continue to pour money down the drain when they can contribute to a great cross-platform standards-based project).
If a company wants to use the code without paying heed to the licensing agreements, then they should indeed think twice before using the code. Please tell me - Why anyone should be able to ignore the NPL and MPL? It may be Open Source, but licensing agreements still apply even in Open Source land.