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Why Open Source is not Magic Pixie Dust, Part 284

Sep 30, 2009, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"Of course, it was not a decision taken lightly, but the company had been forced to take dramatic steps in the face of its catastrophic loss of browser market share thanks to the steadily improving versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer – and its own missteps.

"The move was widely reported, and led to the ideas behind free software being introduced to many people for the first time. But the initial hopes of that announcement were not realised. Turning Netscape's Communicator program – the name used for the expanded version of Netscape Navigator, including extra functionality like email – into Mozilla, as the new code was baptised, proved much harder than expected."

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