Code Rush: The Netscape/Mozilla Documentary

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Code Rush: The Netscape/Mozilla Documentary

Code Rush is a documentary following the lives of a group of Netscape engineers in Silicon Valley. It covers Netscape's last year as an independent company, from their announcement of the Mozilla open source project until their acquisition by AOL. It particularly focuses on the last minute rush to make the Mozilla source code ready for release by the deadline of March 31 1998, and the impact on the engineers' lives and families as they attempt to save the company from ruin.

Featured Netscape employees:

Jim Barksdale, CEO
Scott Collins
Tara Hernandez
Stuart Parmenter, then a 16-year-old open-source volunteer
Jim Roskind
Michael Toy, co-author of Rogue
Jamie Zawinski

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 capture the human and technological dramas that unfold in the collision between science, engineering, code, and commerce.

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