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.

#58 Sporadic K-Meleon user

by martrootamm

Saturday April 3rd, 2004 2:10 AM

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Well, K-Meleon was specifically tailored to and have its interface through Windows API's and just have a Gecko rendering engine. This would be similar to having Netsape 4.x without its old rendering engine and having the Gecko rendering engine instead though this didn't exactly happen like that.

Half a year ago, K-Meleon was not so good, but its 0.8.2 version is the best that one could get from K-Meleon. The problems with K-Meleon are that it's not yet a browser from which to expect too much, in that it is somewhat raw. The good thing though is that it's usable and fits very well for older computers /like the Pentium 120 with 32M RAM that I'm currently using to write this. Compared to K-Meleon 0.8.2 in that machine, Mozilla Firefox 0.8 is a full-fledged bloat.