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osOpinion: Mozilla and Wine: Creating the Bastards of Frankenstein?

Feb 14, 2000, 02:34 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alvin Kennedy)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"The nags (net rags) have always wondered what would be created when Open Source was genetically altered by commercially driven deadlines. The new mutants of Mozilla and Wine are unfortunately a peek of the perverted future we face. AOL's announcement of releasing Netscape 6.0 and Corel's release of Wordperfect 2000 for Linux this spring are clear examples of the philosophical rift that exists between two different species...."

"On both Mozilla and Wine's websites they clearly state that the present code is for development purposes only. Mozilla just recently made the bold step of labeling their code as alpha, with a beta to eventually follow. As far as I know Wine still refuses to use the word alpha and states "Wine is still under development, and is not suitable for general use." Yet AOL and Corel are releasing products based on these publicly acknowledged alpha builds. Are Open Source programmers inherently anal-retentive? Or is this still really alpha code?"

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