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The Netscape Story: From Mosaic to Mozilla

Jan 02, 2008, 16:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to e5rebel for this link. ]

"It seems appropriate that on the last day of the year I should be writing about the end of an era. The news that AOL is ceasing to support its Netscape browsers is not only that, it is the end of a story that encompassed just about every major trend in the rise of the Internet as a mass medium, and that was crucially important for free software.

"Netscape Navigator was originally called Mosaic Netscape, a reference to the first popular browser, Mosaic, which came from National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. That had been written by a group of coders led by Marc Andreessen, who later teamed up with one of the founders of Silicon Graphics, Jim Barksdale, to set up Mosaic Communications. Not surprisingly, this name didn't go down to well with the University of Illinois, who threatened the company with legal action. The latter backed down, and changed its name, as well as that of its browser..."

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