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.

#7 Re: Re: New stable branch?

by polidobj

Tuesday March 30th, 2004 2:48 PM

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I think this last minute making this a stable branch idea may be due to that lack of communication between the firefox crew and the rest of the crew. They decided to make Firefox based on 1.7 and the other guys are like whoah we better stablize this branch then.

But that brings up the netscape question. When did the mozilla foundation find out that there was going to ba another Netscape. Or is AOL jumping on this branch and making another Netscape because it will be a stable branch. So which came first the chicken or the egg? Which came first firefox's need for a stable branch or netscape's need for a stable branch. I'd suspect firefox's need came first even though it came later than it should have. And AOL was just waiting for the next stable branch to jump on.