HP Strategically Changes Web Browser to Mozilla for HP-UX

Friday March 28th, 2003

Vicne wrote in to tell us that HP are adopting Mozilla as the standard Web browser for their HP-UX operating system. Mozilla for HP-UX 11.0 and above will begin shipping soon and Mozilla will be the standard browser in future HP-UX releases. HP-UX versions of Netscape 7 and the older Netscape Communicator 4 will continue to be distributed.

HP's announcement is on pages 20 and 21 of the March 2003 Software Updates document (Adobe Acrobat Reader considers these pages to be 18 and 19). HP state that their version of Mozilla will be "fully supported and tested" and indicate that they may contribute engineering to the Mozilla project. They conclude that "the Open Source model that has turned the Netscape code base into Mozilla has been remarkably successful, and many developers have contributed their time to it. A number of programs and projects that the Mozilla project required have become models in the industry. In the uncertain world of the browser wars, Mozilla has proven that it is here to stay, and that it is a (sic) worthy and professional."

#2 HP-UX Mozilla will need a 'good' workstation...

by rkl

Friday March 28th, 2003 7:12 AM

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I suspect the reason HP still ship Netscape 4.X with HP-UX is because the HP-UX Mozilla builds on really are quite resource intensive (both CPU-wise and RAM-wise) compared to NS 4.X. On old C class workstations (which do actually have a 64-bit processor in them), the startup time can be anything up to 2 minutes, whereas it's 10 seconds or so with NS 4.X on the same machine.

I suspect this will only benefit HP-UX users with reasonably recent workstations (i.e. PA-8500 or better) - other users will have to stick with NS 4.X for the moment. I don't know whether Phoenix on HP-UX might be a better way to go for older workstations...