James wrote:As far as I can see, no one is disagreeing with you regarding Netscape using the same rendering "engine". The point that some of us have been making is: "what is the point?" What is AOL's point in producing essentially another Firefox with a few add-ons (most of which no one wants) and essentially doing nothing more than what Firefox has been doing for the past few years now? It's redundancy. It's not innovative. It's riding on Firefox's coat tails. A dozen developers cannot possibly hope to keep abreast of let alone ahead of a world developing community of an open source app like Firefox.
What's the point? If you go to my earlier post here
, I am of the opinion that Navigator 9 was released to complement the Netscape social news portal. To impute any other motive would be delusional and can only lead to accusations of Navigator 9 being "redundant", "not innovative" and just "riding on Firefox's coat tails".
Firstly, why all this aversion on Netscape being built over the Firefox code? Haven't anyone heard of Firefox co-branding? Google and Firefox are doing it. Mozilla Foundation CEO Mitchell Baker shared her insights on this
after her keynote speech at CeBIT Sydney.
Navigator 9 is simply an adaptation of Firefox 2 for Netscape's audience. That audience is not necessarily Firefox' audience. Navigator 9 was "implemented" with Netscape.com users in mind. That's why it has social integration features
like the news tracker and in-browser voting.
It is very surprising that this fact has not yet sunk into most minds. Why do we get comments like:
James wrote:I certainly don't want Netscape to fail but if it has any hope of succeeding on a large scale, it is going to have to come up with something far more imaginative than simply a "me too" product.
I mean, the "browser wars" are long over man. Netscape, even with its name/brand recall earned throughout the years, did not set themselves out for global domination with the release of Navigator 9. That's completely missing the point. Netscape is now a social news portal with about 268,000 members.
A browser succeeding on the large scale is more likely to be Firefox but I'm beginning to doubt that now. Firefox does have the potential
but not the balls for that.
According to this article
, Mozilla has 15 per cent of the global browser market, but Mozilla Foundation CEO Mitchell Baker Baker admits the company would not be comfortable if it ever came close to the type of market success that Microsoft enjoys.
When asked the question:
So you are focussed on providing an alternative, but if there was a chance to overtake your competitors, would you be happy if Mozilla was to become all-consuming?
CEO Mitchell answers:
Actually this conversation occurs among both the employees of Mozilla Corp and the larger community, so I guess the answer is, no, we don't particularly want to dominate, and our system now is pretty effective because we have checks and balances.
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