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.

#6 Re:AOL To Buy Netscape?

by Waldo

Sunday November 22nd, 1998 8:53 PM

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This sucks.

Netscape's leadership on the Mozilla development has been essential to its development so far. Look at the email addresses of "high ranking" programmers and module owners at How many of them end in ""?

What happens when AOL decides that non mac/windows OSs aren't important for future browsers? AOL is everything that Open Source isn't: Closed, proprietary, self-interested, restrictive, self-censoring and creatively stifling.

If another company wants to buy out Netscape, that's fine. But not AOL! Please! Steve Case is no better than Bill Gates (worse, I'd say), and the reputation that his company has in being straightforward and open with even slightly technically minded public... ugh.

If this deal happens, I hope that someone at Netscape can help branch off the "real" development of Mozilla to somewhere else before the AOLers get control.

In short, I think this is bad. W