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ZDNet UK: Experts argue over Netscape 6.0

Nov 08, 2000, 19:03 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Is Netscape 6.0 going to be the best or the buggiest browser on the market? It depends on which of the testers engaged in a very public argument you believe..."

"The browser has been developed by Netscape engineers, in conjunction with the open source developers who are part of the open-source Mozilla.org project. Earlier this week, David Flanagan, an O'Reilly & Associates technical book author, posted a note and a petition asking Netscape to delay releasing Netscape 6.0 until the company patches some serious "standards compliance" bugs."

"He said the fact that Netscape 6 will function as not just a browser, but a software development platform in its own right, makes such standards compliance all the more critical. This war of words raises an interesting side issue. Does "open" apply to everything in the open-source realm -- even the way differing opinions are aired?"

"As one posting on the Mozilla e-zine site "Mozillazine" noted wryly: "If Mozilla wasn't open source, exactly the same thing would be happening with Netscape 6 -- but behind closed doors, without any media fuss, and with a boatload more bugs because of the lack of external contribution and oversight."

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