AOL Turning Netscape Into IE With Netscape Brand?
from the ouch dept
Samuel French writes “A few users have discovered, thanks to an AOL poll and “invitation” to try some experimental software, about AOL’s plans to release “a ‘new desktop companion application’ code-named “Netscape Navigator”. The application itself is nothing more than a round-shaped “browser wrapper” that in turn calls IE. Netscape 7.1 users (with AOL continues distributing, and is based off Mozilla 1.4) are furious. Ex-Netscaper Jamie Zawinsky called recent actions by AOL with the Netscape brand name “brand necrophilia”. Netscape advocates have organized a petition where a screen shot of the experimental application can be seen. The petition is asking the AOL giant to either give up/license the brand name back to the Mozilla foundation, or do the right thing and continue releasing “branded” Netscape browsers, by simply using as a base the “stable” releases put out by the (ironically, AOL-funded) Mozilla Foundation.” Be interesting to hear the full story on this one, but it could be people just jumping to conclusions.