Netscape Isn't Dead

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"Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya."
Leonard Cohen / Hallelujah

Posted on March 30, 2004 10:40 AM in Browsers
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If what this Inquirer article reports is true, today is a very sad day for those of us who had once rejoiced that the Netscape browser had gone the way of the dinosaur.

Gemal's Psyched Blog led me to the Inquirer article today, which contains the following disheartening statement:

...last week, I almost fell off my chair when I received an official reply:

"I am writing you in response to your e-mail to [exec name here]. The next (Netscape Browser) version will be a "point" release based on the latest Mozilla code."

The message continued saying that this version "will be made available in the very early summer timeframe". For the record: this came straight from AOL's Corporate Communications department.

I don't care if the browser-to-be has AIM in the sidebar, or free access to Netscape Radio, or integration with Netscape Mail, or is built on a version of Gecko that normal Mozilla users are forbidden from seeing until 2006, or if it comes as a wrapper to Internet Explorer, or designs your web pages for you, or contains the answer to defeating spam; Netscape must die once and for all!

There are too many frightening memories like supporting Netscape 4, and the leap from version 4 to 6, and Netscape 6's refusal to start up, and so on, locked in this little brain of mine. I simply couldn't take it if Netscape somehow came back to haunt me. It should be left where it is now – dead – forever. I cannot possibly reiterate enough. I pray to the web browser gods that there is no Netscape resurrection. If I never heard the word Netscape again, it would be too soon.

Do I make myself clear?


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