On Tue, 24 Nov 1998 15:38:33 -0500, Terence Haddock
>According to Mozilla (www.mozilla.org), they will remain open source
>(how can they not?) and will continue to develop. However, the question
>will be, will AOL support the open source initiative? I don't think they
>will go as far as releasing an open source version of AOL itself, but I
>hope they continue open source browser development.
The prime question that I would expect AOL to ask themselves would be to
what extent they care to be supportive of non-Windows platforms. They
haven't been in the UNIX business thus far; it is not obvious that they
have an interest in joining now...
Quote:>If they continue development of Netscape's products, one thing that they
>may do is release a version of AOL for Linux! This may be good news or
>bad news for Linux lovers everywhere...
Quote:>I personally think it is time for a real open source internet browser,
>(something like KDE's internet browser but more powerful?). Something
>released under GPL-type license would be best, but then we couldn't
>build onto mozilla. And let's stick to the standards, please... If this
>were to work out, then we could care less about
Obviously, nothing prevents people from continuing to hack on the
And should Mozilla become less accessible, this might return some
interest to such efforts as Amaya, Mnemonic, and Arena, for which
attention has largely languished since the March "freeing" of Mozilla.
Note that there *has* been effort on components that could be useful
for construction of a "really-free-web-browser" (about whose licensing
I shall remain agnostic...), what with the establishment of:
- XML parsers,
- A free ECMAScript interpreter,
- DOM implementations,
- Lots of Java stuff...
Many of the pieces needed may already exist.
And there's obviously a feasible design in the form of what we know of
Mozilla to emulate even if the direct use of code is impractical...
There are no "civil aviation for dummies" books out there and most of
you would probably be scared and spend a lot of your time looking up
if there was one. :-) Jordan Hubbard in c.u.b.f.m