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.

#14 Re: Re: Re: New stable branch?

by bzbarsky

Tuesday March 30th, 2004 7:41 PM

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Asa, major api changes are NOT something that should be happening at this stage for 1.7. We're talking changes that would have significant regression risk and all. For better of for worse, 1.7 will have the apis we have now; if it's made the new stable branch we're stuck with some major api issues for another year of vendor releases. Oh, well. It's not like any of us care about the quality of the product we produce, right?

A simple heads-up during alpha would have allowed some prioritizing of api work to happen in the 1.7 milestone. That would have been consistent with how past stable branches have been handled, as I recall. Perhaps I was stupid to assume that this one would have been handled the same way and should have kept track of the discussion drivers were having on "whether to use 1.7 or 1.8 as the next stable branch". That would have given me plenty of notice, right?