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Re: GPLed Netscape for Debian 2.1? :-O

On Thu, Jan 22, 1998 at 12:48:36PM -0600, Jeff Noxon wrote:

> Notice how they did *not* say it would be GPL'd.  And if I were a betting
> man, I would bet a lot of money that it won't be GPL'd.

I'd bet a lot of money that it won't be the GPL, but I'm not quite
so sure it won't be a similar licence.

Why would they not want to GPL it? There's no advantage to them of not
allowing commercial distribution, and the fact that all modified versions
must be GPL would stop people starting from netscape code, making a modified
version, and making money from it.

> This is going to bug the heck out of Microsoft.  And maybe we can actually
> make Netscape reliable on Linux!  :-)

Actually, recent versions are pretty reliable. Bloated, yes (and being free
won't fix that) but the bugs are fairly few and far between, and it hasn't
crashed on me for months.

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