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"?

#18 Re: No one uses Opera

by stephan <>

Saturday May 13th, 2000 5:54 PM

You are replying to this message

1. Opera Software not only thinks it can charge for the browser, it does, and it makes money doing so. What does that tell you about Opera's browser?

2. Using IE in your devices is not necessarily free, and it involves having to use Microsoft platforms. Many companies do not want to give control of their devices to Microsoft.

3. Opera is available/will be available soon for lots of platforms that Microsoft has yet to announce *plans* of supporting. Many companies plan to use Linux for their devices, where IE is not (and probably will not be) available. Opera is Mozilla/Netscape's competitor in this field, not Microsoft.

4. The size of Opera is currently smaller than both IE and Netscape. Size *is* important for small devices.

5. You should respect your competitors. Calling them 'morons' is not a good thing.