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CNET News.com: Netscape 6 finally ships after 32-month gestation

Nov 14, 2000, 15:49 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)

"Netscape, a division of America Online, is touting the release of Netscape 6 as a major milestone and a springboard for future growth, despite the fact that many analysts and observers long ago called the so-called browser war in Microsoft's favor. Netscape 6 marks a radical departure from its predecessors because it was rewritten independently of the "legacy" code that formed the basis of Netscape's Communicator browsers through version 4.76."

"In addition to its decision to rewrite the browser, Netscape early in 1998 made a strategic gamble to develop the browser under the open-source model, in which the underlying source code is published, volunteers collaborate on the product's development, and the results are made available for free and licensed use."

"On the eve of Tuesday's launch, Netscape defended both the programming process and the gestation period. "If you look at how long it takes to write a software product from start to finish, it wasn't such a long time," said Sol Goldfarb, director of the browser product marketing team at Netscape. "We're proud of how quickly the product came out the doors."

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