Netscape was the first browser. Then came along Internet Explorer, and Microsoft did all sorts of evil things to Netscape to run it out of existence. But it didn’t work. Netscape continued to exist, and along the way, AOL acquired Netscape as a commercial product, and Mozilla branched off of Netscape as an Open Source product. Mozilla gave birth to Firefox and Swiftfox, and today, Firefox or some form of it rules. Open Source Wins.Today, AOL has announced that it will no longer develop Netscape.We can get all weepy and worried about this event, but is is actually incredibly good news. Netscape ushered in, facilitated, caused, whatever adjective you like, both Internet Browsing (which is still there) and the Mozilla Open Source project, which is still there. The fact that the commercial fork of this long and intense effort is the part that is being retired is the best possible outcome.The browser is dead. Long live the browser.
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