Browser Suits

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2003-08-24 Print this article Print

: Who Could Be Next?"> Web browser developers and other vendors were mum for now on the impact of the verdict on their development efforts. Apple Computer Inc., whose Safari Web browser is based on the KHTML open-source engine, declined to discuss the lawsuit, and Hewlett-Packard Co., which distributes the Mozilla browser in its HP-UX operating system, didnt return multiple requests for comment. Opera Software, which has both a free and paid version of its competitor to Internet Explorer, said it was looking into the lawsuit.
Mitchell Baker, president of The Mozilla Foundation, said in a statement: "We are looking into the Eolas issue but havent come to any conclusion yet."
One reason for the silence and uncertainty is Microsofts promised appeal of the case. The appeal itself is likely to take another 18 months, Lueck said. Gartenberg said that will stall any immediate effect, such as changes in planned Web browser development. "A lot of folks are waiting with bated breath to find out if the verdict is upheld or not before theyll change anything," he said.

Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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