Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Dec 2009 22:16 UTC
Mac OS X Late last night (CET), we reported on the story that the VLC project needed more developers for the Mac version of this popular video player, or else the Mac variant may disappear. Just about every website out there reported on this issue, but it turns out it all got a bit exaggerated (on the internet? Surely you jest...). We spoke to VLC developer Pierre d'Herbemont to clarify the issue, and they've also put up a wiki page about the so-called demise of the Mac version of VLC. He also detailed what, exactly, they meant by "Apple is blocking us".
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RE[5]: Qt4 Interface?
by sbergman27 on Fri 18th Dec 2009 13:15 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Qt4 Interface?"
sbergman27
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I find this to be a gross mis-characterization of what things were really like. I've been using Firefox since it was Phoenix and started somewhere around the .5 series.

Well, that's nice, but totally irrelevant. Netscape released their code as OSS back in early 1998. The grossly overconfident (OSS development takes place at Internet speeds!) Mozilla guys essentially decided to throw out most of the mature code and start from scratch, keeping gecko, the new renderer still under development by Netscape and not ready for prime time. Meanwhile, we got year after year of Netscape 4.x while Mozilla was unusable. Years passed... and still no product. Market share, already in decline, started dropping like a rock. In desperation, Netscape 6 was released, based upon Mozilla, and flopped badly because the new 'start from scratch' codebase was still not ready. Milestone after milestone went by. Finally, the browser shaped up into something that was usable. But very few people outside of the Linux and *BSD communities cared by that time. Mozilla, now with a browser that someone might want to use, had completely lost momentum and name recognition with the general public by then.

And the remainder of the 11 year history has been FF, based upon Mozilla, clawing its way up from <1% market share to the respectable but badly trailing share they have today.

So tell me again that I'm grossly mischaracteringing what happened based upon the fact that you found Phoenix sort of usable. All that tells me is that you don't know the actual history.

Edited 2009-12-18 13:17 UTC

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