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.