AOL To Buy Netscape?

Sunday November 22nd, 1998

From Ben Marklein comes this interesting news -- apparently AOL is considering a buyout of Netscape in a stock swap. For the news, check out and Techweb. Sun may be taking over Netscape's business application division.

UPDATE: Another more in-depth article is available at

Here's another article - this one from the New York Times website. To view it, you must be be a registered user (it's free, though, so check it out).

UPDATE: An article at confirms the rumors, but no deal has been reached at this time.

#5 Re:AOL To Buy Netscape?

by Joel Caris <>

Sunday November 22nd, 1998 8:37 PM

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The source that has been released is now out there, in the public domain. It cannot be taken back. People will continue to work on it, manipulate it, improve it, etc. However, if AOL were to buy Netscape and stop the open source program, no more updates would be given out. So when version 5.0 is released, an updated version of the code would not be released. However, the code out now will remain in the public domain.

Hopefully, the source code will continue to be released as was planned even if AOL buys out Netscape.

Joel Caris