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.

#23 Wait for 1.8

by imforumman

Wednesday March 31st, 2004 5:12 AM

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1.7 as the next stable branch seems a bit rushed. Everybody seems to agree on that, even though some think it can be pulled of anyway.

Sticking with the tradition-of-excellence that Mozilla as acquired in the past two years, in my opinion it may be reasoable to wait. 1.7 has some great fixed to Gecko and possiblt mng can be restored in time, both changes that would make sense for the next stable branch.

Why not declare now that 1.8 will be stable and then have Frefox wait with 1.0 for the 1.8 branch and let AOL do what they want to do (and if they are smart, they would also wait, possibly opting for a simultainious release as they have done before). Since they are not contributing to the Mozilla project anymore, nobody should feel the need to rush things for AOL. And Firefox is better off a month late and on a stable branch then on-time and on half-hearted-stable-branch.

Just my 2cents. Keep up the great work!