Thursday, February 28, 2008

An Opera Update And A Farewell to Netscape

A new version of the Opera Web browser fixes at least three security vulnerabilities in the software. Separately, a security patch from AOL marks the final update for the venerable Netscape browser.
The latest update from AOL will be the last for Netscape: AOL officially ends support for it on March 1, meaning it has no further plans to ship security updates for Netscape or otherwise maintain the browser.
While Netscape's share of the browser market today is practically negligible compared to that of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera, this final version is a bit of an unceremonious goodbye for a browser that helped introduce so many people to the World Wide Web back in the mid-1990s. In 1998, Netscape released the source code for the Netscape Communicator browser. By doing so, it helped formed the basis of the project -- an open source initiative that laid the groundwork for Firefox (For more background on the storied relationship between Netscape, AOL and Mozilla, see these links here). [...]

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Brian Krebs on Computer Security. The Washington Post Company.

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