Netscape Celebrates First Anniversary of Open Source Software Release To

Apr 01, 1999, 00:00 ET from Netscape Communications Corporation

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Netscape Communications and
 open source developers are celebrating the first anniversary, March 31, 1999,
 of the release of Netscape's browser source code to -- the
 organization that manages open source developers working on the next
 generation of Netscape's browser and communication software.  This event
 marked a historical milestone for the Internet as Netscape became the first
 major commercial software company to open its source code, a trend that has
 since been followed by several other corporations.  Since the code was first
 published on the Internet, thousands of individuals and organizations have
 downloaded it and made hundreds of contributions to the software.
 is now celebrating this one year anniversary with a party Thursday night in
 San Francisco.
     "There was a lot of excitement when we first announced we were going to
 open our code up to the world," said Brendan Eich, principal engineer of  "One year later we are in the middle of a revolution.  Open
 source software is gaining momentum, as shown by the growing popularity of
 Linux and the number of major companies now embracing the open source
 development model."
     In just one year, has witnessed these major milestones:
     * March 31, 1998 -- Netscape Communicator source code posted on the
       Internet via
     * April 1998 -- Over 100,000 downloads of source code from in
       two weeks; source code for the next-generation layout engine (Gecko)
       added to the site; James Clark contributes his XML parser to
     * May 1998 -- Netscape LDAP Directory SDK source code released to
     * June 1998 -- Source code to Netscape software build tools, Bonsai and
       Tinderbox, released to
     * July 1998 -- Open Java Interface (OJI) project started to enable any 3rd
       party virtual machine to work with Communicator
     * August 1998 --, an independent news and information site
       covering, goes online
     * September 1998 -- Hungry Programmers makes available the Japhar virtual
       machine, which takes advantage of the Open Java Interface
     * October 1998 -- posts product roadmap that includes next
       browser release based on Gecko and a cross platform user interface
     * November 1998 -- Steve Case announces AOL's support for in
       an open letter (
     * December 1998 -- Developer's preview of Gecko browser engine released.
       This fast and small browser engine fits on a floppy disk
     * January 1999 -- CITIC Software releases a developer preview of DocZilla
       to the public. DocZilla is a SGML/XML/HTML browser and uses the open
       source Gecko browser engine
     * February 1999 -- Revisions to Netscape Public License of Communicator
       posted for comments to facilitate broader participation in open source
     * March 31, 1999 -- One-year anniversary of Netscape's release of
       Communicator source code to Second developer preview of
       Gecko browser engine ( released
     "From the source release to the nightly builds to the open bug reporting
 system,'s open browser development provides an accountability that
 the Web development community desperately needs," said Chris Nelson, editor of
 mozillaZine.  "The result will be a browser that the entire Web community can
 be proud of."
     "In a year's time, has gone from being a beautiful idea to a
 beautiful reality," said Michael Leventhal of CiTEC Information -- developers
 of DocZilla ( ).  "There are very few people outside
 the mozilla effort that know that yet -- that know how good really
 is.  The Web is about to receive an extraordinary gift. And this is just the
 beginning." is supported by America Online, which recently acquired
 Netscape.  Steve Case, founder and chief executive officer of AOL, confirmed
 that the company will continue to support's open source efforts
 and preserve its neutrality.
     To commemorate's first birthday, attendees at the
 San Francisco party will receive a CD that contains a snapshot of the latest
 Netscape Communicator source code -- including the second developer's preview
 of the Gecko browser engine.  Gecko is at the heart of the next version of
 Communicator and will make the final product faster and more standards
 compliant than any previous product from Netscape.  Information on the
 birthday party can be found at
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