W3bbo, W3bbo, W3bbo, why do you always have to see things in such black and white terms. Sometimes your posts are so naive I want to smack you around the head and say "Get out there in the real world".
To pick up on just one of your points....
Netscape was a small company that did something great. It challenged the bigger player. The bigger player abused their monopoly and forced them out of business.
I was using a browser before Netscape came to dominate the market. People accuse Microsoft of being arrogant but Netscape were far worse in the days when you ordered it and it came on a set of floppy discs. Discs wouldn't arrive and there'd be nobody to complain
to. Want your money back? No way, Jose! Or if you did manage to find the magic contact they'd act like it was all your fault. There were times when their browser was so buggy you'd get three releases in a fortnight. Great news if you're doing development and
diferrent members of your QA team have downloaded on different days and rightly saying "but other people may have done the same. You have to support all three point versions, hideous bugs and all in your sophisticated web front-end".
Netscape were a frigging nightmare as far as I was concerned. "Great" they certainly were not.
IE may be worse in some ways, maybe even many ways, but please let's not rewrite history about how wonderful Netscape was just so we can stick to dogmatic points about Microsoft being evil or marketing always being bad.