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Mozilla + == Friends?

From: Manny Swedberg
Subject: Mozilla + == Friends?
Date: 3 May 2004 23:46:07 -0700

Alright, I don't think they are really, but it struck me:

* Both projects try to fill out the common user apps in free/open
source form
* Both use similar licenses
* Both are XML-focused
* Both have their own cross-platform component frameworks (XUL and
* Both of these frameworks support a similar subset of languages (esp.
* Neither framework has really caught on
* Neither plays well with native widget-sets


Wouldn't it make more sense to have just one cross-platform,
Java/XML-focused cross-platform component model for end-user
applications that has to work on hackability and

I mean, of course it would.  Of course duplication of effort is common
in open source: GNOME and KDE. Gnome and KDE won't merge because
there's already a lot of apps in both that would be broken.  BUT,
there's not a lot in XUL, and there's basically only one thing in UNO:

I'm sure I'm not the first armchair software architect to point this
out.  What's holding it back?  Sun conspiracy?  Just inertia?

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