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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.


#61 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New stable bra

by jedbro

Saturday April 3rd, 2004 9:33 AM

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You obviously are missing the entire point. Yes, FX/TB/Camino are important. And the fact that they are going to be based on 1.7 is very critical and mozilla.org has to react and make 1.7 acceptable for these releases.

But that is entirely different to calling it the next "long-lived" stable branch.

I agree, Mozilla.org needs to give priority to it's own products, no one is dissagreeing with you. The problem is the "screw over" that many embedors will feel when you offer them a "sub-par quality stable branch" than what they would expect from a mozilla.org product.

But reading you posts above, you obviously don't care about the quality of gecko/Seamonkey/ and embedors products. This has left me with aa very bitter taste.