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.

#41 1.7 quality

by bzbarsky

Thursday April 1st, 2004 6:34 AM

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Finally, since you seemed to be on a roll of misunderstanding me, I would like to clarify my comments on caring about quality of the software we produce. I feel that the way this situation was handled by drivers will significantly reduce the quality of all Mozilla-based software that will ship over the course of the next year off the API-stable branch (assuming that's the 1.7 branch). And I intensely dislike being associated with shoddy work. Which is something that I've been forced into in this situation. That's the part that makes me sick to the stomach, as I said above. I rather enjoy working on this project, but if that results in situations like this one I may have to stop doing so. Memories of pdt abound and are very unpleasant.