> [FYI: this site includes information about Netscape Communicator 5.0 and later
> being GPL'ed!]
> This is VERY great news! I can now use navigator and not feel like I am
> violating my GPL-oriented beliefs.
Some will say I am overstating, but I think this is the most important
development of the year that I can think of.
1. Browser w/ JVM is making claim for new base computing platform.
Having one of the two leading browsers being available to any OS (
linux esp.) is very helpful in allowing it to not fall behind any
2. Netscape and their developments will aide FSC (free software
and vice-versa. Welcome netscape!
3. This REALLY cuts at MSs momentum with IE marketshare, whose devotion
to trying to own technical standards (over public ones) is well known
and anti-competitive. Netscape will increase it's power in
evolving standards/developments which now will be GPL'd in source!
will be developed in tandem with netscape!
4. Shows their faith in the power of unleashing the creative energy of
I cannot believe the linux devel model was not an influence in this
yes, (BOLD) move.
5. Anything the cuts into MS's market/industry power is very positive.
6. Whether a decision of terribly desperate or enlightened men, people
In this day and age, I still think it is a huge defiance of
corporate wisdom to open up source code. The success of this (or
have a big influence on others (pro or con) towards embracing the
principles of FSC.
It IS a VERY BOLD move, a show of faith (and endor*t) in the free
development model and the GPL in particular, and some well-needed
the MS juggernaut's tenticles of increasing power.
When your livelihood/business is software, giving it away is the boldest
move of all!
I am so proud of Netscape, Stallman, Torvalds, FSC, ...
James M. Carter
using linux/perl for a living
Quote:> It just leaves getting cbb working well enough to replace Quicken and every
> piece of software that I use will be freely licensed! I am a happy camper.
> This development will also save MUCH work for those working on GPL'ed
> I always hoped that Netscape, Inc. would remember it's roots someday.