"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
"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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