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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Date Mon, 23 Feb 1998 20:56:22 GMT

>>Maggie Young, (650) 937-2370
>>Developer Community Will Gain Access To Free Client Source Code,
>>Information and Open Dialogue; Internet
>>Advocates Call Move A Win-Win For Customers And Developer Community
>>MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (February 23, 1998) – Netscape Communications
>>Corporation (NASDAQ:NSCP)
>>today announced the creation of, 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
>>Netscape’s recent announcement to make the first developer release of
>>Communicator 5.0 source code available for
>>free, will act as a focal point for developers who are
>>interested in modifying and redistributing Netscape
>>client source.  Accessible today by going to, 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 site is also accessible through
>>Netscape’s developer Web site at
>>"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 can’t 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, 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
>>"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 or by
>>going to Netscape’s DevEdge Online at
>>Netscape Communications Corporation is a leading provider of open
>>software for linking people and information
>>over enterprise networks and the Internet. The company offers a full
>>line of clients, servers, development tools and
>>commercial applications to create a complete platform for
>>next-generation, live online applications. Traded on
>>Nasdaq under the symbol "NSCP," Netscape Communications Corporation is
>>based in Mountain View,
>>Additional information on Netscape Communications Corporation is
>>available on the Internet at
>>, by sending email to or by
>>calling 650/937-2555 (corporations) or
>>650/937-3777 (individuals).
>>Netscape, Netscape Navigator, and the Netscape N logo are registered
>>trademarks of Netscape Communications
>>Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other Netscape
>>logos, product names, and service names are
>>also trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation, which may be
>>registered in other countries.

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