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.

#48 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New stable branch?

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Thursday April 1st, 2004 7:06 PM

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We did poll those people in November, and again in December and again in January, and again in February, and again in March. In November, it looked like 1.7 or 1.8. In January it looked like 1.7 or 1.8. In February, it started to look more like 1.7, but 1.8 was still a possibility. In March, 1.7 won out. We've been working since 1.6 was wrapped up to 1.7 more "stable" than 1.6 (in terms of crashers). There's been a big push to acquire a license and get talkback servers all set up and to get the talkback clients shipping in milestone and hopefully nightly builds too so that we could recover some stability that Camino, Thunderbird, Firefox, and even SeaMonkey were all begging for. We've been landing the remaining features that these apps needed to ship and cleaning up after those features. Around developer day, they basically all started to converge on 1.7 rather than 1.8. Now, we could say "screw you, 1.7 is gonna crash all over the place and we don't care about your releases" but we decided to say "well, then let's all start working to get 1.7 to be the most stable milestone we've had and that's what's been happening since.