richard mitnick wrote:The thing about Netscape 9, now, from the AOL perspective, if it fails to drive any revenue toward AOL, then there is no reason to continue support.
When was the last time any web browser was seriously considered as a source of revenue? Ever since Microsoft offered its Internet Explorer for free, Netscape's business model has collapsed. In my opinion, Navigator 9 was released to complement the Netscape social news portal. To impute any other motive would be delusional.
According to Netscape Blog:
We feel that having these tools in the browser by default will introduce the idea of social news to a whole new set of users, and it should make it easier for those who are already familiar with the concept.
See http://blog.netscape.com/2007/02/20/net ... cial-news/
From among AOL's numerous brands, AIM, TMZ, AOL BlackVoices and MapQuest are ranked #1 in their respective categories. Not Netscape.
Netscape, although not noted as a significant source of revenue, has brand recognition among its audience. The bulk of Netscape.com visitors (62%) are aged 25-54, with a median age of 48.7, and are more likely to belong to that first generation of web users (1994 - 1998) when Netscape was at its peak of popularity.
See http://www.aolmedianetworks.com/index.p ... &tx_ttnews
richard mitnick wrote:Like you folks, I have eliminated all of the Netscape.com stuff, I am left with a very workable FF clonbe, it works fine, the compiling leaves nothing to complain about, but...
Then, that explains it. You can either choose to use Navigator 9 to integrate your Netscape.com activities or consider Navigator 9 merely as a Firefox clone and there's nothing wrong with that. It all depends where you are 'coming from'.
To each his own.
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:184.108.40.206pre) Gecko/20070604 Firefox/220.127.116.11 Navigator/9.0b1