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MozillaNews: Mozilla, Gecko, Netscape, and the Future in AOL

Feb 12, 2003, 23:30 (1 Talkback[s])

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"First up is some Netscape 7.x news. Netscape 7.0 and 7.01 have had a total of over 14 million downloads. To quote an AOL exec, this fact is 'impressive compared to AOL 8's 10 million downloads which were backed by AOL's marketing muscle.'

"Based on the Mozilla trunk, the next release of Netscape may be the last major release for the foreseeable future. The current plan for the browser is 'Probably focused on maintenance releases.' I'm not sure exactly what this bodes for the Netscape division though. There have been brutal cutbacks (most recently in Dec 2002, Black Wednesday), but there are still NS programmers on-payroll, with many officially working on non Mozilla-related AOL projects, but still with a focus on Gecko use.

"Note, this doesn't have as much of an effect as you might think. Many of the NS developers still work on Mozilla, and many more still volunteer for Mozilla. It'd merely who's getting paid for what. Mozilla itself is strong and vibrant, and will continue to grow. That dedication has not wavered..."

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