So long, Nutscrape!

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Just goes to show whatever AOL puts it's hideous little hands on turns to dust.
Netscape vaporware circa 1996

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,140903-c,netscape/article.html
AOL to End Support for Netscape Browser

Once the dominant Web browser, AOL has discontinued development and active support for the Netscape browser.
Stephen Lawson, IDG News
Friday, December 28, 2007 3:40 PM PST

An historic name in software will effectively pass into history in February as AOL discontinues development and active support for the Netscape browser, according to an official blog.

AOL will keep delivering security patches for the current version of Netscape until Feb. 1, 2008, after which it will no longer provide active support for any version of the software, according to a Friday entry on The Netscape Blog by Tom Drapeau, lead developer for Netscape.com. The Netscape.com Web site will remain as a general-purpose portal.

Netscape was the original mass-market Web browser and helped to popularize the Internet in the mid-1990s, but it has long taken a back seat to Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Firefox itself traces its roots back to Netscape software that was made into open source. The Mozilla Foundation was founded in 2003, with support from AOL, and has released successive versions of Firefox while AOL continued to develop Netscape on top of the same platform, Drapeau wrote.

Groups within AOL have tried and failed to revive Netscape Navigator and gain market share against Internet Explorer, according to the blog entry.

"AOL's focus on transitioning to an ad-supported Web business leaves little room for the size of investment needed to get the Netscape browser to a point many of its fans expect it to be," Drapeau wrote. "Given AOL's current business focus ... we feel it's the right time to end development of Netscape branded browsers, hand the reins fully to Mozilla and encourage Netscape users to adopt Firefox," Drapeau wrote.

The Mosaic Netscape browser was posted for downloading in 1994 by Mosaic Communications, which later changed its name to Netscape Communications. That company kicked off the dot-com boom with its hugely successful initial public offering in August 1995 and was acquired by AOL in 1999. But Internet Explorer, introduced in 1995, eventually dominated the browser market. Microsoft's bundling of its browser with Windows operating systems was a key issue in antitrust lawsuits filed against it in 1997.

As of this month, Netscape had only 0.6 percent of the browser market, which was still dominated by Internet Explorer with more than 77 percent, according to Web application and analytics firm Net Applications. Firefox was gaining, however, with market share just over 16 percent.

Users will still be able to download old versions of Netscape from an archive, currently located here, though they will not be supported by AOL, Drapeau wrote.
 

MrAbovePar

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And Netscape was bought for $4.2 billion back in 1998 by AOL. Only they abandoned it in 2004 after MS gave them $750 million and free license to use IE.

AOL can't survive for long at its rate of decay.
 

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And Netscape was bought for $4.2 billion back in 1998 by AOL. Only they abandoned it in 2004 after MS gave them $750 million and free license to use IE.

AOL can't survive for long at its rate of decay.
hehe, how happy are those netscape guys now?

:haha7: -> bank
 

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It's my understanding that "those netscape guys" are pretty much the people who created firefox.



and to bogey...


AOL is still alive? I find that harder to understand than people still had netscape.
 

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There was a day when Netscape was far better than IE.

I'm sure in some respects it still is. Afterall even the newest version of IE is a big, plodding piece of shit.

And why would anyone ever use AOL? I didn't get it in 95. It certainly doesn't make any sense now.
 
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aol is as bad as norton in resource usage. Poor attempt to hang on to share as usual.

It's a pleasure to see them dying off, tho I am a huge fan of firefox. IE 7 sucks.
 

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The people still using aol are probably just those that haven't successfully closed their account yet.
 

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I like my balls fondled during fellatio. There, you learned TWO things today............:icon_mrgr
Wow you total freak! I think she probably would have just assumed that were the case had she considered it ever. Next you'll be telling us you like to read on the crapper.
 
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aol is as bad as norton in resource usage.

Holy shit YES. The last version of AOL I had on a computer was fucking AWFUL! It would auto start in the backgroud on default and just sit there, ready to open quickly, but it was a huge open program just hanging there. You had to sign in and set all sorts of fucking options to "STOP YOUR DOGSHIT YOU AOL CUNTS" just to get your computer to be ready on startup in less than 2 minutes.

I hope AOL dies soon, I fucking hate even hearing their name.
 

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I'm a douche and I still have aol to keep in touch with a few family members and friends and such. I have ff as my default browser. If I shut down IE my comp goes to icons that are useless? can I delete IE?
 

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I'm a douche and I still have aol to keep in touch with a few family members and friends and such. I have ff as my default browser. If I shut down IE my comp goes to icons that are useless? can I delete IE?
You really shouldn't delete IE because some sites require it. Like www.windowsupdate.com
 

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I'm a douche and I still have aol to keep in touch with a few family members and friends and such. I have ff as my default browser. If I shut down IE my comp goes to icons that are useless? can I delete IE?
If you are using AOL just for E-mail, you can download the AIM client, use your screen name in it and you can access your E-mail for free. I did it years ago and told a friend about it who cancelled AOL the next day.

Dump fucking AOL, seriously.
 

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Hell I thought Firefox WAS Netscape. I haven't used a browser with the Netscape name since 1999.