Saturday, January 12, 2008

Netscape R.I.P.

A few days ago, AOL pulled the plug on Netscape the browser. Yes, Netscape is finally dead. R.I.P.

Netscape has had a colorful history filled with ups and downs. I'll need more than a blog entry to chronicle that history and there are tons of books out there that do a much better job than I can ever hope to do. The history is filled with great programmers, their software, their companies, their stock market fortunes and such.

Personally, I have fond memories of Netscape (despite its bugs and later bloat), having used it since its 1.0 days circa 1994. A few years ago I moved to its progeny like Mozilla (the suite), Mozilla Firefox and now Minefield but Netscape was the browser that opened up the Web to me. I remember spending so much time downloading Netscape releases and browsing the great documentation on DevEdge. To this day, my primary browser has been Netscape or its progeny and Lynx for quick text browsing.

For a trip down memory lane, check out this screenshot tour of how Netscape 0.9b runs on Windows today. The best screenshot for me is the about:mozilla page. Those are the guys that changed the world.


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