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LinuxWorld.com.au: Linuxcare developer endorses open source role of Mozilla/Netscape

Aug 10, 2000, 07:31 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rodney Gedda)

"With the Release of M17 and Netscape 6 beta 2, AOL-funded Netscape is again demonstrating their committment to meeting commercial goals via the open source process. The Netscape beta appears to be essentially the same as M17, with the addition of Sun's Java VM as an external module and some icon changes. This is within the terms of the Mozilla Public License (similar to the GPL only with some special provisions for the initial developer, in this case Netscape.) Nescape are taking the public Mozilla source code, applying their brand and making some other minimal changes."

"Dan Shearer from Linuxcare has some positive comments about the relationship. "Netscape released the code to Mozilla and then funded a large number of developers to continue their work in public. They have now been joined by many other developers. Many companies are pulling out components of Mozilla and putting them to commercial use. Netscape are the only ones so far that seem to be using just about the whole code base. There are certain GPL-like restrictions in the Mozilla Public License (MPL) and so long as all parties adhere to these, products like Netscape can only be good for open source. Netscape do have some special privileges since they are what the MPL terms the initial developer, but these aren't excessive", said Shearer."

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