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ZDNet: Open Source Of Woe

Nov 14, 2000, 07:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd Spangler)

"Netscape Communications used to worry about Microsoft trying to annihilate it. These days, its bigger problem seems to be appeasing the Web developer community."

"Last week, Netscape, a division of America Online, was lambasted by thousands of angry Web developers who were under the impression the forthcoming Navigator 6 browser won't conform to critical Internet standards."

"The controversy was the direct result of the open source development model Netscape used to build the core of the new browser. Ironically, the alleged bugs in Navigator 6 - its most significant browser release in two years - might not have attracted significant attention if Netscape had kept its code secret from the outside world."

"David Flanagan, an independent software developer, posted a note on technical book publisher O'Reilly & Associates' site calling attention to "serious problems" with Navigator's compliance with open standards. He encouraged other developers to sign an online petition urging Netscape to not label the release final until it had fixed the problems."

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