Announcing Beonex

Wednesday November 29th, 2000

Ben Bucksch writes in with news of a new Mozilla distribution, Beonex. Ben hopes to implement LDAP synchronization and offer commercial support for this Open Source end-user-focused distribution of Mozilla. Check out the posting to the n.p.m.announce newsgroup for more information, or visit the Beonex website.

#11 Re: trademarks?

by payn

Sunday December 3rd, 2000 8:43 AM

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First, Netscape Communicator and Netscape Navigator are trademarks of Netscape (AOL), but Communicator and Navigator by themselves are not.

Second, AOL has dropped the names Communicator and Navigator from current and future versions. Their current product is called "Netscape 6," not "Communicator 6."

However, the word "Navigator" still appears in some places to refer to the web browser in particular (as opposed to the mail agent, AIM client, etc.), and they still use the word "Communicator" to refer specifically to 4.x and earlier Netscape versions.

Therefore, the word "Communicator" might seem a little confusing if people adopted AOL's terminology; it could make Beonex sound like a Communicator 4.x competitor rather than a Netscape 6.0 competitor....

Fortunately, the press and the users generally ignored the name "Communicator" anyway. In articles, browser comparisons, and even script comments, you invariably see "Netscape 4.x" rather than "Communicator 4.x," which is a big part of the reason AOL went with the new naming scheme in the first place.