Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 22:44 UTC
Internet & Networking Conventional wisdom has it that Mosaic was the first graphical web browser. Even though Mosaic - the basis for Netscape - certainly kickstarted the web revolution, it wasn't the first graphical web browser at all - that honour goes to Erwise, developed by four Finnish college students in 1991. It was more advanced than Mosaic, ran on the X Window System, but didn't catch on in the end. The four developers recently gave an interview detailing Erwise and its history.
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netscape?
by smashIt on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 23:57 UTC
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Even though Mosaic - the basis for Netscape


i thought ie is based in mosaic, not netscape

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RE: netscape?
by nonesuch on Wed 4th Mar 2009 02:06 in reply to "netscape?"
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Proudly presenting: The Not Trolling response!

Marc Andreessen was one of the original developers of Mosaic, and was funded by Jim Clark (SGI) to develop Mosaic into Netscape. In fact, Netscape Navigator 1.0 was little more than a rebranded NCSA Mosaic. Same code base.

Spyglass, Inc. was founded by NCSA to commercialize NCSA stuff. They developed their own "fork" of Mosaic. Microsoft licensed Spyglass Mosaic to create Internet Explorer. In fact, Internet Explorer 1.0 was little more than a rebranded Spyglass Mosaic. Same code base.

In a roundabout sort of way, both IE and Netscape were based on the original NCSA Mosaic. Of course, by a few versions later, there was probably very little of the original code left, as evidenced by the horrible incompatibility of Netscape and IE all through the 90s.

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RE[2]: netscape?
by WorknMan on Wed 4th Mar 2009 04:40 in reply to "RE: netscape?"
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Marc Andreessen was one of the original developers of Mosaic, and was funded by Jim Clark (SGI) to develop Mosaic into Netscape. In fact, Netscape Navigator 1.0 was little more than a rebranded NCSA Mosaic. Same code base.


And before Netscape Navigator hit 1.0, it was called 'Mosaic Netscape'. When I worked at an ISP way back when, we used to give customers a couple of floppies that included Trumpet Winsock for Win3.1 and the 0.9 version of Mosaic Netscape. You can even see a screenshot of it in the Wikipedia Netscape article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netscape_Navigator

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