Most of he various Mozilla bloggers are curiously silent about the Microsoft/AOL deal... well, I guess its not that curious -- the ones who actually work for AOL have to be circumspect out of sheerest self-preservation. The funniest summary comes from Hixie, who (I'm guessing) doesn't depend on a paycheck from Netscape.
The best thing to say, I guess, is that the code is already out there, living on thousands of hard drives, so that even if AOL shutters Netscape tomorrow, derivative works will be around forever. Mozilla (well, mostly Mozilla Firebird and Camino) are dramatically far ahead of the ever-stagnant Internet Explorer in providing a pleasant browsing experience, and frankly I don't see that changing anytime soon.
The Least Successful Collector
Betsy Baker played a central role in the history of collecting. She
was employed as a servant in the house of John Warburton (1682-1759) who had
amassed a fine collection of 58 first edition plays, including most of the
works of Shakespeare.
One day Warburton returned home to find 55 of them charred beyond
legibility. Betsy had either burned them or used them as pie bottoms. The
remaining three folios are now in the British Museum.
The only comparable literary figure was the maid who in 1835 burned
the manuscript of the first volume of Thomas Carlyle’s “The Hisory of the
French Revolution”, thinking it was wastepaper.
— Stephen Pile, “The Book of Heroic Failures”