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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"I think it's very likely that we'd give similar consideration to anyone that's capable of giving us the distribution that this lineup of 1.7 based products will. Firefox is out-downloading SeaMonkey nearly 2 to 1 for the last release and 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?"
Seing that Epiphany is the main browser in the Sun Java Desktop which are aiming for some 200 million installs in china, and being sold at walmart I think they might outnumber Firefor/Thunderburd/Camino.
I must say I have a softspot for any product shipping with gecko as a major component, from K-meleon and Epiphany to Crockzilla and Nvu. I agree there's nothing wrong with having a softspot for a project, but I hope that the drivers or staffs pet projects doesn't affect our release schedule.