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.
#12 Re: Re: New stable branch?
Tuesday March 30th, 2004 5:34 PM
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"Stable means API stability." Stable means a branch from which vendors (including mozilla.org) can plan to release products and possible updates to those products. We said we'd try to maintain 1.4 as that branch for a year or so. We're coming up fast on a year and frankly, 1.4 is feeling pretty sad compared to the current state of things. We don't promise API stability on the trunk after the stable branch just like we didn't on the trunk after the 1.0 branch or the 1.4 branch so the trunk is free to evolve as it has been. If APIs need to be cleaned up for the 1.7 branch, under my proposal, we've got about a month and a half to get that done.