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.
#2 New stable branch?
Tuesday March 30th, 2004 12:48 PM
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The previous Netscape releases were based on the stable branches on Mozilla, 1.0 then 1.4. Beings this release is slated to be available this summer, one must assume it will be based on the 1.7 branch. Does this mean that 1.7 will replace 1.4 as the current stable branch? I thought that making 1.7 the current stable branch made sense because Firefox 1.0 was going to be based on the 1.7 branch. But this news makes the case even stronger for 1.7 to replace 1.4.