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CNET News.com: Empire building, Mozilla style

Feb 05, 2001, 21:33 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)

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"Netscape's army of open-source programmers may not have turned the tide in the browser wars, but that hasn't stopped some followers from moving on to the next front in the battle for control of the Internet...."

"These efforts are getting a boost from a new CollabNet-backed site called MozDev.org. Since September, it has offered independent developers the infrastructure to work on Mozilla-based application projects and stimulated those contributions into becoming one of the hottest new areas of software development...."

"The Mozilla-based Web application "has the potential to be the most powerful side of Mozilla yet (and Microsoft's worst nightmare)," reads the launch site of MozOffice, an open-source productivity suite hosted by MozDev.org. "Fight the Microsoft.Net world-domination strategy!"

"Whatever the worth of Mozilla technologies to create user interfaces on the Web, analysts questioned the potential for open-source developers to create software sufficiently secure for commercial Web applications."

"The difficulty we have in trying to move major Web development projects to an open-source environment is that these are projects that companies typically are betting their businesses on, that require a great deal of reliability and security," said Rob Enderle, analyst with the Giga Information Group. "Open source hasn't lent itself to the security side of things. Too many people know how it works, so that the opportunity for somebody to know how to get around the security platform looks to be significantly enhanced."

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