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Mozilla Foundation Gains Rights to DevEdge Content

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the dev-while-the-devving's-good dept.

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justinarthur writes "It looks like the content from Netscape's DevEdge site will going back on the air following months of downtime after AOL pulled the plug on the popular web development resource. The website contained what was considered to be the authoritive JavaScript documentation as well as nifty resources for web developers including the popular "Multibar" sidebar for Gecko-based browsers. According to MozillaZine, the newly reached agreement with AOL allows the Mozilla Foundation to "post, modify, and create new documents based on the former Netscape DevEdge materials." In response to this agreement, the Mozilla Foundation is starting a new project named "DevMo" that will be managed by Deb Richardson of LinuxCare, LinuxChix, and the Open Source Writers Group." Exciting, as the DevEdge program has effectively been out of the loop since July of 2003.

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in other interesting news, Firefox on ISSI. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11780162)

No.. not the space station.

If you know what ISSI is, you'll understand the implications.

Why is AOL keeping ownership? (4, Interesting)

stu42j (304634) | more than 9 years ago | (#11780165)

According to Mitchell Baker, AOL will still own the original content. Mozilla is only getting a license to use it.

This seems strange to me. What could AOL possibly want with it in the future?

Re:Why is AOL keeping ownership? (2, Informative)

0x461FAB0BD7D2 (812236) | more than 9 years ago | (#11780384)

They can sell it, at any time, to the highest bidder, be it MSKB or Google.

Re:Why is AOL keeping ownership? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11787131)

What the fuck kind of ID is '0x461FAB0BD7D2'?! I'll bet you're still living at home, in your mom's basement, watching 'Star Trek' re-runs. LOL!

Re:Why is AOL keeping ownership? (5, Informative)

sporktoast (246027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11780573)

Speaking as someone who was actually employed by AOL (back about a decade ago), my guess is that AOL doesn't yet know what they might possibly want with it in the future. They only know that they might possibly want something with it in the future.

Intellectual property hoarding. Someone wants it, so it must be worth something.

Re:Why is AOL keeping ownership? (1)

Arctic Dragon (647151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11780777)

AOL already has it's own version of DevEdge for AOL 1-2-3 Publish users. Here's an excerpt:

  • use as many animated GIFs as possible
  • use the <BLINK> tag excessively
  • install a hit counter that will never exceed 50 hits in total
  • use every colour of the rainbow... on the same page!
  • uSe PrOpEr TyPiNg TeChNiQuEs LOL!!!! WTF
  • don't forget the <MARQUEE> tag, especially with the kewl neon-green-text-on-black-background

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Atlantic Wall (847508) | more than 9 years ago | (#11780306)

larger share of the browser markey i guess

DevMo?! (1)

Flinx_ca (809816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11780550)

OK I work in the market research industry and have worked on testing product names for clients but... Wouldn't 'MoDev' be a better name? Or 'DevZilla'? All I could think when I read this was "Mo -> 'mower -> lawnmower" and not "Mo -> Mozilla" Whatever the name, it is good to have this content available again.

Re:DevMo?! (4, Informative)

dolphinling (720774) | more than 9 years ago | (#11780682)

(AFAIK) It's an abbreviation of developer.mozilla.org.

OT: Stupid post from the past... (1)

EduardoFonseca (703176) | more than 9 years ago | (#11781305)

From the linked slashdot story:


Re:If... (Score:4, Interesting)
by halo8 (445515) on Wednesday July 16, @01:16PM (#6453315)
your a fool

your a fool to belive that M$ is just sitting back and waiting 2-3 years to release IE 7, right now they have an update ready to go for IE 6.5, and should some "new technologies" come out before the next OS, rest assured that M$ will release a patch with most of the other stuff they were plannig on releasing anywayse.


IE 6.5? Ready to go? Man, we are in 2005 and almost 90% of the internet still uses IE 6.0.

Who's the fool now? ;)

Re:OT: Stupid post from the past... (1)

EduardoFonseca (703176) | more than 9 years ago | (#11781389)

And another... Re:If... (Score:5, Insightful) by *weasel (174362) Alter Relationship on Wednesday July 16, @01:17PM (#6453327) IE will continue to be developed and extended by MS army of coders. they're just going to lock the browser major version to the OS and not supply a standalone download. if you're thinking that IE is on feature freeze, you're greatly mistaken.

aside from that, new features and standards are only added by web developers when the critical mass of the target market has access to them. I doubt any 2nd party browser can pick up critical mass to get significant developer support - let alone in the span of time between MS OS releases.

MS just isn't offering IE as a free standalone download. No doubt it's to escape legal backfire from their declaration that it's an integral part of the OS (if it really is - then you can't offer a free download as they do.)

i'm not going to dismiss the possibility that something else might eclipse IE - but i am willing to dismiss the possibility that it'll happen as a result of lack of development and extension by MS.


huahuahuahuahauhauhauha!

Re:OT: Stupid post from the past... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11783588)

Whatever, IE 7 will be out in a few months. Have fun with your offtopic gloating about some argument nobody cares about.

Re:OT: Stupid post from the past... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11786476)

So, you are the author of one of the posts. Hey, it happens. Sometimes we bang our heads on the wall and start saying that M$ rules, man!

hahehaeheaheahehea

Eduardo.
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