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"?

#32 Re: General response...

by mra_delft

Friday May 26th, 2000 6:11 PM

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In my opinion Netscape Communications Corp. has 3 fields of activity. Only in the web client field there are chance for success.

1. Web server software competition: Microsoft (medium), Apache (strong) allies: SUN, Novell, IBM?, ... products: rock solid, enterprise proof.

2. Corporate applications competition: Lotus, Novell, Microsoft allies: ? products: weak feature lists. old?

3. Web client software -> NetCenter competition: Microsoft (strong) ... products: NS 4.x(weak) currently weakening against IE.

The only interesting thing her is the web client software. With Netscape 6 Netscape once again posesses a product that is technologically very advanced and that might improve their creditibility so much that ISP's corporate networks will use it as their platform of choice. (Developing Intranets around JavaScript and Java instead of ActiveX...)