Skip to comments.RIP Netscape Navigator (1994 - 2008)
Posted on 12/28/2007 8:40:14 PM PST by HAL9000
Soon, Netscape Navigator - the first highly successful graphical web browser (yeah, yeah, I know Mosaic came before Netscape, but I don't remember seeing Mosaic floppy-disks bundled with my PC World and Macworld magazines in 1995, at least not under the name "Mosaic") - will be nothing more than a footnote in Internet history. Let's take a moment of silence for the big N. OK, that was long enough.
AOL, the parent company of this blog and Netscape, has announced that they will cease support for the current version of Netscape as of February 1, 2008. Netscape, which at its peak in the mid-1990s held 80% of the web browser marketshare, and was a player in Browser Wars 1.0.
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Opera is so limited, compared to Firefox. But it is my second choice. And, right now, I’m pretty frustrated with FF ver. 22.214.171.124 because it’s so slow, which is why I’ve been using Opera.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
I mostly use Firefox, but I also have Internet Explorer.
Sometimes a radio station’s webstreaming will only work
on I.E., but I try to avoid that browser whenever possible. I just dumped Netscape
as choice #3 and picked up Opera. But mostly use Firefox.
I remember circa 1998 my friend actually buying Netscape navigator in an office supply store.It was a free download but he had some reason for paying for a boxed edition.
I use IE,Firefox, Opera
Tom Leykis duraflame bopped his wife after Christmas party and was given heave ho
I use Lynx occasionally. It’s the ideal browser for some situations.
Thank you Bill Gates for making another once useful program go to hell.
It's great for reading FR at work.
Wow man, those are some great memories. I am quite astonished that you downloaded the whole www on your hard drive. You were way ahead of the time, and yes, had you known about search algorithms, or even employed someone to write one, you would be super rich today.
Firefox is OSS and whoever distributes it is bound by the GNU GPL.
Firefox is basically the successor to Netscape. If you want the Netscape feel without actually using Netscape Navigator, use Firefox 2.0.0.x with the Netstripe theme. That theme makes Firefox look like Netscape Navigator.
Netscape was the sole alternative to IE for a long time. Now there are plenty of alternatives. Netscape simply ceased to be necessary. R.I.P. Netscape [play Taps here].
The difference is that Firefox works.
What’s the difference between Firefox, Seamonkey, Thunderbird and Sunbird?
AOL did more stupid things with Netscape than can be excused, it’s like they bought it for the sole purpose of killing it. Starting with buying it and never switching to it for the AOL browser and then ending (at least for me) with putting some crappy beta with an annoying unremovable debug window into the automatic download cue so your perfectly fine production code Netscape got replaced and you didn’t know it was a beta (and a particularly bad one at that) until it was far too late.
I was actually kind of sad when I finally tossed my final install of Netscape. Glad Firefox was around so I could switch to something good, but the web and Netscape were such synonyms for me for so long. Boo AOL for ruining what was once the best of breed.
Firefox and the Mozilla Foundation would not exist today if AOL had not purchased Netscape, so something good came out of it.
Of course if AOL had done anything intelligent with it we wouldn’t need a Netscape successor.
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