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."
#3 Re: no loss
Friday March 28th, 2003 7:31 AM
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/The other danger is that 75-80% of contributors are NN employes and when AOL sees that NN is unpopular it may discontinue the mozilla project and the mozilla will stagnate./
Seems doubtful to me - for AOL, "discontinuing the mozilla project" would be stopping their sponsorship of it. Volunteers could still work on it (including HP by the looks of it).
Presumably after spending all that time and money on building mozilla, AOL would still use it as a base for the NS browser - meaning they'd have to create a fork and not give back any further modifications (the GPL allowing the open source version to continues with just volunteers). Then they lose the testing and bughunting and code they've been getting from volunteers.
If anything, I hope/expect AOL to try and figure out why Mozilla is more popular, and improve NS.