1995-09-25 - Re: Netscape for Linux?

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From: “Ed Carp [khijol SysAdmin]” <khijol!erc>
To: jsw@neon.netscape.com (Jeff Weinstein)
Message Hash: c78386308692b524b7cce21ce4708f12b3a597ec285f834c93fc5c0f699c57df
Message ID: <199509250712.CAA01003@khijol>
Reply To: <445hso$h03@tera.mcom.com>
UTC Datetime: 1995-09-25 07:25:41 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 25 Sep 95 00:25:41 PDT

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From: "Ed Carp [khijol SysAdmin]" <khijol!erc>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 95 00:25:41 PDT
To: jsw@neon.netscape.com (Jeff Weinstein)
Subject: Re: Netscape for Linux?
In-Reply-To: <445hso$h03@tera.mcom.com>
Message-ID: <199509250712.CAA01003@khijol>
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> In article <199509242006.PAA02258@khijol>, khijol!erc@uunet.uu.net (Ed Carp [khijol SysAdmin]) writes:
> > > > And the sad part is that now that they have announced that they are
> > > > dropping their unofficial Linux support, 
> > > 
> > > I have no current plans to alter our treatment of Linux.  It is not now,
> > > nor has it ever been, a supported platform.  We do build for it,
> > > and some people are happy about that.
> > 
> > Does this mean that a Linux version of Netscape will no longer be 
> > available, or that it *will* be available but unsupported?
>   It will be available as it has been in the past, which means unsupported.
> That means that if you have a bug, and you try to call us for help,
> we will not provide it.

As much as this might put me ad odds with certain parts of the CP
community, this seems quite reasonable to me.  After all, why should
someone provide support for a platform which is not generating revenue? 

> > > I have not constructed a business case which would cause Netscape
> > > to begin support for Linux versions of the Navigator.  Right now, I'm 
> > > not sure that making a point of this would do what you want.
> > 
> > That all depends on what you mean by "support".  If you mean "we will no 
> > longer make Netscape available for the Linux platform", that's not 
> > support.  If you mean "we will no longer respond to bug reports for 
> > Netscape on this platform" then that's discontinuing support.
>   We have never officially responded to bug reports on Linux.  We do not
> take money for it for just this reason.  This does not mean that we will
> not fix bugs that are reported via our feedback page.  It doesn't mean
> we will fix them either...

Understood.  Thanks for the clarification :)
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