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LinuxNews.com: Mozilla.org's Frank Hecker Explains the Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of GPL Relicensing

Aug 27, 2000, 20:06 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

[ Thanks to mhead for this link. ]

"Mozilla is planning a rampage across the Open Source and Free Software landscape--during which the Big Lizard plans to open up in search of new friends. While you're shaking off that mental image, further explanation may be in order. In an attempt to stimulate applications development and resolve issues with Open Source and Free Software contributors, mozilla.org has launched an ambitious project aimed at relicensing as much of the Mozilla code as possible under the GNU (GNU's Not UNIX) General Public License (GPL)--the system under which most Free Software and Open Source development takes place."

"A member of mozilla.org, Frank Hecker, comments on the organization's relicensing decision. "As Mozilla gets closer to its 1.0 release, mozilla.org is seeing more and more interest from developers using Mozilla code; in particular, there are many people, both in the commercial world and in the Open Source world, who have expressed interest in embedding the Gecko component of Mozilla (the core HTML layout engine) into their applications," Hecker explains."

"The need for the relicensing is becoming crucial as more Open Source and Free Software desktop and Web browser projects seek to incorporate Mozilla's technology, Hecker says. "As an example, the Galeon project recently released a lightweight Web browser for Linux based on the Mozilla Gecko component," Hecker says. "Also, the developers in the GNOME project have proposed doing Mozilla-related development in conjunction with GNOME."

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