Netscape Gone... can Mozilla survive?
In a long-anticipated announcement last
week, Netscape owner AOL-Time Warner finally put a stop to new
development on the browser. The recently released Netscape 7.1 will be the final version of the
Ever since Microsoft settled its legal problems with AOL-Time
Warner late in May, ensuring that Internet Explorer would remain
the basis for the AOL online service for years to come, Netscape has
been living on borrowed time. Though a good browser, thanks to the
efforts of the
Mozilla project, the latest versions have basically been cluttered
variations of the austere Mozilla browser attempting to push services
from the company's online portal, Netscape.com.
That said, Netscape developers made a significant contribution to
the Mozilla project themselves -- a contribution that will no doubt
be sorely missed now that those developers are looking for new jobs.
Possibly more important to the long-term survival of the
Mozilla browser is establishing a higher profile among the general
Internet community. Open-source projects like Mozilla aren't
renouned for their advertising budgets, and if the only people who
know about Mozilla are developers like you and I, the corporate
sponsorships that make it go won't last for long.
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