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.

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by bzbarsky

Thursday April 1st, 2004 8:13 PM

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> I don't think that Epiphany or Galeon are going to come close to the numbers that Firefox 1.0 and > Seamonkey 1.7 get?

That's what I was asking about. Do you have any numbers to back that up? Or are we just assuming that since we don't have anyone downloading those off our servers they must not be used much?

I'm as keen as you on having projects be of high quality. But if these are projects, shouldn't they make some token attempt to keep drivers and the community informed of decisions that will impact them? See what I said about trying to work with people who obviously don't want to work with you.