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.

#45 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New stable branch?

by jgraham

Thursday April 1st, 2004 2:57 PM

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Well maybe if the foundtation had had a reasonable long term plan, you could have pointed embedders toward the branch that you had *already* decided to make stable. If these discussions had happened around November (when the issue was brought up in netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey), you could have polled Firefox and Camino people for input and made the decision before 1.6 branched. I think that the summer target for Firefox 1.0 has been around for long enough that they could have requested 1.7 as a stable branch. Instead, it looks like you've gone "plan? what plan? Oh fuck, we need a plan. Uh, well we don't have a plan but, uh, these people do, so, uh, we'll do whatever they say".