AOL to Release New Netscape Update in Early Summer
Tuesday March 30th, 2004
The Inquirer is reporting that America Online is to release a new version of the Netscape browser. The upgrade will be a "'point' release based on the latest Mozilla code" and "will be made available in the very early summer timeframe." Speculation that an update was in the works began last week, when the San Francisco Bay Area's Mercury News paraphrased an AOL spokeswoman as saying that "there will be future versions of Netscape that are essentially repackaged upgrades of Mozilla."
The confirmation that a new Netscape release is on the way does not indicate that AOL is planning to provide any further development or financial support to the Mozilla project. Indeed, no AOL employees are paid to work on Mozilla and we can expect this latest version to be even more similar to Mozilla than previous releases. The more intriguing question is what made AOL change its mind about shelving the veteran browser.
#11 sick to your stomach?
Tuesday March 30th, 2004 5:30 PM
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We said we'd maintain 1.4 for about a year. Drivers have been discussing whether to use 1.7 or 1.8 as the next stable branch for several months now. Firefox, Thunderbird, Seamonkey, other vendor products are all lined up to do releases from the 1.7 branch. It's been about a year since the last "stable, long-lived branch" and so I've floated a proposal to drivers suggesting we make 1.7 the 1.4 replacement. I haven't heard any objections from drivers yet so I expect to publish the updates to the milestone schedule soon. In the mean time, maybe some Milanta would help.