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Happy 10th birthday Netscape!

Postby DJGM » Wed 13 Oct, 2004 1:52 pm

According to an article on MozillZine today . . .

CNET News.com has a special section marking the tenth anniversary of the first public beta
of Netscape Navigator. The retrospective includes news that America Online is working on
a new version of Netscape, which will be unveiled alongside a revamped Netscape portal
in the New Year (this effort is distinct from AOL's braindead project to build an IE-based
browser). There's also an article about the ventures many Netscape alumni have been
involved with and a collection of links from around the Web loosely answering the
question of whether Netscape can ever regain its former glory.



. . . More over at MozillaZine.org . . . lots more at CNET News.com . . .

So, Netscape is celebrating it's 10th anniversary . . . but given whats happened to Netscape over
the last few years, such as the mauling from Microsoft's IE, and the corporate neglect from AOL,
it all begs one pertinent question . . . is there really much left to celebrate anymore . . . ?


For what's it's worth . . .

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Postby Danny_G » Wed 13 Oct, 2004 3:20 pm

I've always loved Netscape :ns:
I've always hated IE :evil:
happy birthday !!! :)
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Postby Andrew T. » Wed 13 Oct, 2004 5:47 pm

In case anyone's curious, this is Marc Andresseen's announcement of Mosaic Netscape 0.9 Beta's release ten years ago.

From: marca@mcom.com (Marc Andreessen)
Newsgroups: comp.infosystems.www.users,comp.infosystems.www.providers,comp.infosystems.www.misc,comp.infosystems
Subject: Here it is, world!
Date: 13 Oct 1994 07:57:12 GMT
Organization: Mosaic Communications Corporation
Lines: 35
Message-ID: <MARCA.94Oct13005712@neon.mcom.com>
Reply-To: info@mcom.com
NNTP-Posting-Host: neon.mcom.com


Mosaic Communications Corporation is a making a public version of Mosaic
Netscape 0.9 Beta available for anonymous FTP. Mosaic Netscape is a
built-from-scratch Internet navigator featuring performance optimized for
14.4 modems, native JPEG support, and more.

You can FTP Mosaic Netscape 0.9 Beta from the following locations:

ftp.mcom.com in /netscape
gatekeeper.dec.com in /pub/net/infosys/Mosaic-Comm
lark.cc.ukans.edu in /Netscape
ftp.meer.net in /Netscape
doc.ic.ac.uk in /packages/Netscape
archie.au in /pub/misc/netscape
ftp.cica.indiana.edu in /pub/pc/win3/winsock/nscape09.zip (PC only)
mac.archive.umich.edu in /mac (Mac only)

Please make sure to read the README and LICENSE files.

An up-to-date listing of mirror sites can be obtained at any time
by sending email to release@mcom.com.

Subject to the timing and results of this beta cycle, Mosaic Communications
will release Mosaic Netscape 1.0, also available free for personal use
via the Internet. It will be subject to license terms; please review them
when and if you obtain Mosaic Netscape 1.0.

A commercial version of Mosaic Netscape 1.0, including technical support
from Mosaic Communications, will be available upon completion of the
beta cycle. Contact us at info@mcom.com for more information.

Have fun!

Marc and the gang
info@mcom.com, http://mosaic.mcom.com/


Much has happened since this fateful message was posted a decade ago. The Netscape browser has undergone significant revisions since then, including the implementation of the Gecko rendering engine. The Netscape Communications division has also switched hands, being a division of AOL since 1998. Several of today's leading browsers, including Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox, can be traced directly to Netscape. While recent development has been sporatic at the very least and uncertain in AOL's hands, Netscape remains a competitive and technologically up-to-date piece of software (for now), and this is a cause for celebration.
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Postby Al » Wed 13 Oct, 2004 6:19 pm

happy Birthday Netscape!
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Postby Antony » Wed 13 Oct, 2004 8:32 pm

Screenshot of Happy 10th Anniversary Netscape! (official Netscape website)

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See also:
> SillyDog701's Netscape Version Guide
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Postby marcoos » Thu 14 Oct, 2004 1:29 am

Funny thing, the "Happy 10th anniversary" on cnn.netscape.cnn.com doesn't even render properly in Netscape 7.2...
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Postby Edward » Thu 14 Oct, 2004 8:21 am

The page displays OK in Opera for Linux.
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Postby Edward » Thu 14 Oct, 2004 8:33 am

According to this article, there will be another new version of Netscape coming out around the first of the year, along with a new Netscape web portal.

Sounds like the official re-launch of the Netscape brand. :)

I hope the IE-based AOL browser is just a myth.
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SillyDog701 referenced at CNet News.com

Postby Edward » Thu 14 Oct, 2004 2:26 pm

Way to go!!!

In this article under Netscape History 101, there is a reference to SillyDog701. :mrgreen:
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Postby beanboy89 » Thu 14 Oct, 2004 2:39 pm

A very happy tenth birthday for Netscape.
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Re: SillyDog701 referenced at CNet News.com

Postby Antony » Thu 14 Oct, 2004 7:20 pm

Edward wrote:In this article under Netscape History 101, there is a reference to SillyDog701.

Thanks Edward,

Our Relationship between Netscape, Mozilla and SillyDog701 is mentioned and can be discussed in [sdt=6104]this thread[/sdt].

A highlighted screenshot of C|Net's Can a resurrected Netscape compete with IE?
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Edit: update link, Antony, Oct 2005)
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Postby James » Fri 15 Oct, 2004 3:02 pm

Very cool! Happy belated B-day, Netscape, and congrats to Antony and the Silly Dog site. :D
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