Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal

Friday March 12th, 1999

The DoJ has given a thumbs-up to the AOL/Netscape/Sun acquisition/merger/strategic alliance. You can read about it at and at Infoworld.

#32 Re:Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal

by Vidar Hokstad <>

Tuesday March 16th, 1999 6:33 AM

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George, You mention non-PC based appliances etc. as a huge new market, and potential platform for Mozilla... Well, I can say you're right. I'm Director of R&D at a startup that will be using Mozilla in a "Webphone"...

Yes, a wireless phone, with a touch screen and a webbrowser. And it won't cost much either... Several multinational telcos have already indicated their interest.

As for S.T: Just how long do you think having an AOL icon on the Windows desktop will be enough of an advantage for AOL? PC's in general, and PC's running Windows in particular will in a couple of years be only a small percentage of the web enabled devices. Most will be too small to run Windows, much less Internet Explorer.

But Mozilla is easily adaptable, and writing a custom front end that's specially targetted at a particular type of device is easy (in our case that means touchscreen instead of mouse, for instance). And the result is small enough, since you don't have to bother about a bloated OS like Windows.

Vidar Hokstad Director of R&D Screen Media