"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
"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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