SAN FRANCISCO--Netscape Communications' (NSCP) release of the source code for its Communicator suite will put new momentum behind the "open source" movement and change the way software developers work, cofounder Marc Andreessen said to a group of Web developers today.
Andreessen cited Netscape's recent release of its Communicator source code on Mozilla.org as well as the Internet technical community's love affair with Linux, a free version of the Unix operating system, and Apache, a freeware Web server that is widely used on the Net.
Free source code, he predicted, will create "another quantum leap in creativity on the Web." Other benefits could include faster technical advances, quicker adoption of technologies such as XML (extensible markup language), and earlier standardization of technologies.
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The Netscape executive also unveiled a new company program called Open Studio, a membership program and specialized part of its Web site for Web content providers and developers.
"This will elevate content on the Web to a whole new level," Andreessen said. Users of the Open Studio site can restructure its appearance according to their own preferences by dragging and dropping individual elements.
Before Andreessen's speech, Apple fellow and Macintosh evangelist Guy Kawasaki, now chief executive of start-up Garage.com, joked that Apple's Mac division in 1983 to 1987 had been "the biggest collection of egos in Silicon Valley until Netscape."
In a humorous talk titled "Rules for Revolutionaries," he offered attendees ten ways to change the world.
Calling Netscape's release of source code "brilliant," Kawasaki urged developers to "create like a god, command like a king, and work like a slave. You have a moral imperative to change the world."