Netscape details license agreement for free source code

Netscape Communications has posted on its free code development Web site a draft version of the Netscape Public License (NPL) that should allow unfettered access to the Communicator 5.0 code. Netscape intends for both free and commercial developers to contribute to a pool of open source code that everyone could use, and some of which may end up in future version of Netscape's client software, including its browser and collaboration components.

Netscape Communications has posted on its free code development Web site a draft version of the Netscape Public License (NPL) that should allow unfettered access to the Communicator 5.0 code.

The draft license is available through http://www.mozilla.org/ for review before any licenses are finalised. Netscape is seeking feedback over the next week from the development community on the specifics of the NPL. The final license wording will be available along with the source code for the developer release of Communicator 5.0 later this quarter, the company said.

Netscape intends for both free and commercial developers to contribute to a pool of open source code that everyone could use, and some of which may end up in future version of Netscape's client software, including its browser and collaboration components.

Netscape Communications Corp., in Mountain View, California, is at http://home.netscape.com/.

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