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WideOpenNews: Mozilla Hits Prime Time with "Code_Rush"

Mar 27, 2000, 18:07 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patricia Krueger)

"Whatever the outcome, Mozilla offers a fascinating study in open source development. This week, PBS airs an hour-long documentary called "Code_Rush" that tracks the personal lives of Mozilla programmers from March 1998 to April 1999."

"Producer and director David Winton says he was inspired by the classic, "The Soul of a New Machine," which twenty years ago followed the lives of engineers at a company called Data General working day in and out to build a microcomputer. While Winton abstains from delving deeply into the open source community surrounding Mozilla, he offers open source freaks a unique window into the lives of Netscape programmers attempting to bring a company's mainstay, proprietary code to the public. For its glimpse of the rigor and rewards facing these programmers on a daily basis, "Code-Rush" is well worth watching."

"The show hits TV screens less the three weeks before the anticipated release of Netscape 6 -- the first Netscape browser to incorporate Mozilla technology. Touting technological improvements like a modular structure and instant messaging, the newest version is giving the Linux community a glimmer of hope that the Microsoft Explorer, a tool that will most likely never see the light of day on a Linux box, will once again face a mighty rival. Gecko, the open source browser engine released by the Mozilla team, is powering custom browsers that manufacturers and service providers are loading into computers and wireless devices. The Mozilla project, however, is not in the clear. The team is still working on important elements, like APIs. How long Netscape parent America Online will continue to support Mozilla also remains unclear."

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