MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (February 23, 1998) - Netscape Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:NSCP) today announced the creation of mozilla.org, a dedicated team within Netscape with an associated Web site that will promote, foster and guide open dialog and development of Netscape's client source code. As a follow-on to Netscapeís recent announcement to make the first developer release of Communicator 5.0 source code available for free, mozilla.org will act as a focal point for developers who are interested in modifying and redistributing Netscape client source. Accessible today by going to www.mozilla.org, the Web site will provide a central point of contact and community by encouraging developers to download the client source code, post their enhancements, take part in newsgroup discussions, and obtain and share Communicator-related information with Netscape and others in the Internet community. The mozilla.org site is also accessible through Netscape's developer Web site at developer.netscape.com.
"By making our source code available to the Internet community, Netscape can expand its client software leadership by integrating the best enhancements from a broad array of developers," said Marc Andreessen, executive vice president of products for Netscape. "This Netscape team will be dedicated to assisting developers in the development of the source code, building a community that addresses markets and needs we canít address on our own and allowing our customers to reap the benefits through access to superior products."
"The popularity and success of Apache, the Linux operating system, the BSD version of UNIX and many other software applications prove the value and impact of open source development," said Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux. "By introducing mozilla.org, Netscape has created an environment that will bring the best of the Internet to a common locale, encouraging developers to create quality products for end users."
"Netscape is the first major company to exploit the power of the open source strategy," said Eric S. Raymond, open-source developer and advocate. "Making their client software source code free to developers is a bold move that will do great things for their products."
As previously announced, Netscape plans to make Netscape Communicator 5.0 source code available to developers and the Internet community beginning later this quarter with the first developer release of the product. More information is accessible today by going to www.mozilla.org or by accessing Netscapeís DevEdge site.
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