AOL kills Netscape
I just got a mail from CSS guru Eric Meyer telling me that AOL have killed Netscape. Mass redundancies. Mozilla (my preferred browser) will continue with $2million from AOL. News.com say (basically) "who cares?". It's being discussed on metafilter where they generally believe it liberates Mozilla and is good for that browser.
The Register says "Netscape's death will provoke a thousand arguments, but none will be so useful as utility. Well, maybe and perhaps, browsers don't really matter too much. But the fact that Microsoft's miserable excuse for a web browser - a sorry piece of code that has been untouched by human hand for many years, now - speaks volumes about indulging the wrong kind of people with big responsibilities. In the end, it was these coders who failed us"
Meanwhile, Eric writes, "For now, I still have a job, although my team's been split up and sent to different organizations within AOL. I don't know yet how this will turn out for me, but I do know that today I'm saddened by the loss. Yes, Mozilla will go on, but another pioneering force of the Web has just been painfully dimmed. It's worth a moment to reflect on where we've been... and where we might be headed."
Personally, I'm not so surprised, given the recent AOL/ Microsoft court case, I guess. And the abomination that was Netscape 6 hardly helped.
We interviewed Eric Meyer just before the AOL announcement
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