To be honest, I don't know whether it's worth continuing with Club Netscape, now that AOHELL
have cut Netscape's air supply. Hopefully, there's a slim chance that some other company will
buy what's left of Netscape Communications Corporation, and keep one of the original web
pioneers alive by continuing development of the Netscape browsers, based upon Mozilla.
The fact is that Netscape is a much more well known and established name than Mozilla.
While Mozilla may now have a future as a non-profit organization, it remains to be seen exactly
how they will promote Gecko based browsers as end user products. Mozilla have always said,
that their builds are for testers and developers only, and that casual end users wanting to
try a Gecko based browser, should download a commercially supported Mozilla distribution
such as Netscape instead. Does the newly established Mozilla Foundation have the same
kind of marketing strength as the likes of AOL and Microsoft, to fully promote Mozilla to
the masses, as a viable (and safer) alternative to Internet Explorer?
While the likes of Sun Microsystems, RedHat, and IBM have pledged full support to Mozilla, will
any of these companies be able to persuade the millions of IE users out there, to use Mozilla
instead, by means of marketing and promotion via channels other than just the internet,
such as advertising in the relevant magazines, and on TV.
This is one of the many missed opportunities that came from AOL's ownership of Netscape. They
could've promoted it, and really made something of it, after the mutual contractual agreements
with Microsoft came to an end in January 2001. AOL put so much into promoting their online
services, but did absolutely nothing with their Netscape acquisiton. They just sidelined it,
when they could've promoted it to the hilt. Now they've killed it off altogether.
So, if no other company steps forward anytime soon and buys Netscape from AOL, to continue
development of the Netscape browser, is there any point me continuing with Club Netscape?
I suppose, if Mozilla release their own CCK app, for people to make their own custom Mozilla
builds, then I could develop "DJGM-i Distros" of Mozilla instead of Netscape, and re-establish
the Club NS website as Club Mozilla. I certainly don't have the time to download the Mozilla
source code, and create DJGM-i Distros from that.
If Mozilla don't have any plans for a CCK, then that's it. The DJGM-i Distros will be no more,
and Club Netscape (or Club Mozilla) cannot realistically continue without it's main feature.
In which case, the "If You're Using IE" section of Club Netscape, will become a permanent
part of my DJGM-i.net website. Maybe this very message board at SD701 could become
the DJGM-i.net Message Board, instead of being the Club Netscape Message Board,
and the Club Netscape Chatroom could become the DJGM-i.net Chatroom instead.
It looks like I've got a fair bit of website re-organisation to look forward to . . . !
Now excuse me while I go and ruthlessly destroy some AOL CD's!
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030624
SeaMonkey = Swiss Army Knife: It's versatile, reliable, and contains useful tools.
Windows Internet Explorer = Old Swiss Cheese: Full of holes, and it stinks!