Weekend Discussion: Is Netscape Doing the Right Thing?

Friday May 12th, 2000

Netscape recently released its plans for the PR2 branch. then released their tree plans for the next few months, and then followed up this evening with a more detailed position on tree management. The one thing that is clear is that Netscape is working on an accelerated schedule. has yet to release a beta, and Netscape is currently working towards a second beta. Feature freeze for Netscape is coming much earlier than for Mozilla. This means that Netscape's feature list will probably be truncated somewhat (although the developers are trying mightily to get the remaining features in), and it also means that there might be changes to Mozilla before its release that impact its compatibility with Netscape's final release. Netscape has promised standards compliance, but there is also the serious question as to how bug-free that standards compliance will be by final release.

Is Netscape doing the right thing by pushing ahead and trying to get a release into the public's hands? Or will they just end up alienating Mozilla developers and website developers by rushing a product to market? Is it even fair to consider it "rushing"?

#10 Re: Netscape NOW

by thales

Saturday May 13th, 2000 7:59 AM

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I agree, If Netscape dosen't get a new browser out soon, It won't matter if one is released at all. I usally hear estimates of about 80% market for IE, and climbing. Every day more web pages are designed to use IE's bastardized version of HTML. Many of these pages look like crap in a standards compliant browser. The bundling of IE with Windows is only part of the reason for Netscape's decline. A big part of the problem is it's been years since 4.x came out and it's falling behind IE in quality. Netscape is on it's way to becoming a niche product, mainly on platforms that IE dosen't support. If this trend isn't reversed soon Web designers will look at Netscape 6 and Mozilla 1 like they look at Netscape 1. Who cares what the page looks like in that browser, Nobody uses it. The only sites that will use standard HTML will be the ones that cater to Open source projects. The only standard that will matter is whatever MS marketing decides to do with IE.