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.

#35 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New stable branch?

by peterlairo <>

Wednesday March 31st, 2004 11:54 PM

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Asa, I think you're being needlessly sarcastic towards bzbarsky, and accusing him of things he didn't say (e.g., "treat 1.7 as just another Mozilla milestone", etc.).

What he did say was: major api changes are NOT something that should be happening at this stage / we're [now] stuck with some major api issues for another year / heads-up during alpha would have been better.

He was not saying that we should freeze API's for 1.8 AND keep 1.7 as the stable release. He was saying that if 1.7 is to be the stable release, then the API's should HAVE BEEN frozen, and the decision to use 1.7 annonced earlier.

Maybe you just misunderstood him. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding you both. :-\