HP bundling NETSCAPE on New PCs?!?

Saw it on Slashdot: is reporting that HP / Compaq will begin to install all PCs sold in the US and Canada with Netscape. Users will be prompted with the option to set either Netscape or IE as the default browser.” From the article: “The agreement, which the companies are set to announce Monday, is the first browser distribution deal with a major PC maker since the end of the browser wars in the 1990s, according to Netscape, a division of Time Warner’s America Online subsidiary.

I think Firefox would have been a far superior choice here; I don’t know, it’s something about Firefox having a far superior interface to Netscape’s pandemonium (and that’s being nice). It doesn’t help that Netscape 8 doesn’t have near the number of extensions and themes available for it as Firefox has. And did I mention that horrifying interface?

I give HP credit for providing its customers with an easily-accessed alternative. It’s a commendable action that more PC manufacturers need to look into doing. However, the alternative here is so confusing and unruly, people will just use IE anyway.

By Jared Smith

Jared Smith is a web developer and weather enthusiast living in Charleston, SC.