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ZDNet UK: Mozilla-based NeoPlanet muscles in on browser act

Dec 07, 2000, 14:57 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)

"As Netscape weathers heavy criticism that it released its latest browser prematurely, competition is heating up Both Opera Software, a Norwegian browser maker, and NeoPlanet, a contributor to Netscape's Mozilla open source development group, are making aggressive moves just as many see America Online subsidiary Netscape in a newly vulnerable position."

"NeoPlanet chief executive Drew Cohen said Wednesday that his company plans to release a Mozilla-based browser in February that will compete with Netscape's newest browser, also built on Mozilla code. Cohen drew a sharp competitive line between the two products, calling the recent release of Netscape 6 "premature" and raising concerns that such a release could give Mozilla "a bad name."

"January's beta won't be NeoPlanet's first Mozilla-based release. In April of last year, the company put out one of the first implementations of Mozilla code, a technology preview of its browser using Mozilla's rendering engine, Gecko. The rendering or browsing engine handles the core Web browsing responsibilities of displaying text and images on a computer."

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