Next Version of Netscape to be Based on Mozilla 1.4

Wednesday May 14th, 2003

T_Moz wrote in to tell us that the next Netscape browser release will be based on a branch of Mozilla 1.4. The news was confirmed by Netscape DevEdge in a story announcing the availability of Mozilla 1.4 Beta. Netscape's decision to base their next version on 1.4 has been widely anticipated, particularly since the new Mozilla Development Roadmap was unveiled last month.

#14 Re: Netscape?

by Malc

Thursday May 15th, 2003 2:14 PM

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Who wants to keep updating their software? The older stuff works, so why replace it with something that's unknown? I use Mozilla, but I don't feel the urge to keep up any more. On some machines I use, I have 1.3.1, but I no longer use the alpha or beta releases. It doesn't offer me anything other than grief. With NTLM support, I doubt I will upgrade again for a long time - everything else is stable and all the features I use are okay. I might consider switching to Firebird though. Once Thuderbird settles, I might even be convinced to use that for mail instead of the ultra-reliable Netscape 4.8.

Personally I find constantly updating a pain in the arse. I used to download the Linux 0.9 kernels everyday or two. But now I get annoyed by short life-cycles of the major distros - thank goodness for Debian. Microsoft get this right: we won't need to replace Windows 2000 for several years yet.

Change, especially in a business environment is expense. Mistakes can ruin a reputation for years, a la Netscape 6.