5 thoughts on “Netscape 8 Released

  1. I have that question for NS8beta and am asking it again : where is the source code for NS8? Is the Mozilla Foundation going to require from Netscape they respect the tri-license and release the code?

  2. My question concerns trademarks, Netscape 8.0 uses the Firefox icon in the status bar when rendering using Gecko. Because their product is no longer Firefox can they do this? Some sort of Gecko icon or the mozilla.org lizards head would have been more appropriate.

    Associating this application with Firefox could have bad implications for people who’ve tried Netscape 8 before Firefox and were disappointed.

    Netscape 8 breaks some of the original goals of Firefox:
    – The user interface is cluttered with a lot of confusing buttons
    – By default it deliberately breaks many of the platform conventions
    – The personal toolbar is most definitely the whorebar
    – The sidebar from Seamonkey/NS7 has been ported to this app
    – It’s not just a browser, it also comes bundled with AIM which isn’t removable
    – It is less secure, it opens you up to the bugs in an older version of gecko as well as any IE bugs

    Therefore I think any uses of the Firefox trademark should be denied in prominent locations such as the status bar or marketing materials.

  3. “I have that question for NS8beta and am asking it again : where is the source code for NS8? Is the Mozilla Foundation going to require from Netscape they respect the tri-license and release the code?”

    Isn’t the point with the MPL-license that you don’t have to release the source?

  4. With MPL, if you don’t want to release the source, you must keep a clean file-level separation between MPL code and yours.
    You must release the patch, but not the independant files.