This documentary follows the transformation of the employees at Netscape into the open source community known today as Mozilla, which is responsible for producing the Firefox web browser. It also touches on the Microsoft Antitrust lawsuit brought forth by the United States Department of Justice in 1998. WARNING: High doses of geeky nerdiness, wrapped in a techie outer-shell…
Code Rush. The year is early 1998, at the height of dot-com era, and a small team of Netscape code writers frantically works to reconstruct the company’s Internet browser. In doing so they will rewrite the rules of software development by giving away the recipe for its browser in exchange for integrating improvements created by outside unpaid developers. The fate of the entire company may well rest on their shoulders. Broadcast on PBS, the film captures the human and technological dramas that unfold in the collision between science, engineering, code, and commerce.
If anyone is interested in open source browsers, such as the ubiquitous Firefox, you might want to check out SeaMonkey.
The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to develop the SeaMonkey all-in-one internet application suite. Such a software suite was previously made popular by Netscape and Mozilla, and the SeaMonkey project continues to develop and deliver high-quality updates as well as new features and improvements to this concept. Containing an Internet browser, email & newsgroup client, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools, SeaMonkey is sure to appeal to advanced users, web developers and corporate users.
Under the hood, SeaMonkey uses much of the same Mozilla source code which powers such successful siblings as Firefox, Thunderbird, Camino, Sunbird and Miro. SeaMonkey benefits from the cross-fertilization with these other projects, by gaining (and contributing) new features and the ongoing security updates which are a modern necessity. The Mozilla Foundation provides hosting and legal backing for the SeaMonkey Project.