Thursday, May 21, 2009

U.S. Patent Office web site runs on Netscape iPlanet?

I suppose I shouldn't be so surprised at this, but I never seriously thought I would encounter the name "iPlanet(TM) Web Server Enterprise Edition" on an in-production web site again any time soon. And yet it turns out, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's publicly searchable database of patent applications is powered by a 2001 version of Netscape's app server.

The iPlanet "welcome page" can be found at http://appft1.uspto.gov/, which is one of the hosts for the Patent Application search site.

Brings back memories, doesn't it?

5 comments:

  1. As the welcome page clearly states, it is the fastest webserver on the planet! Why would you use anything else?

    >>>>
    The SPECweb99 benchmark results from April 12, 2001 prove that the iPlanet Web Server 6.0 is the fastest web server on the planet.
    <<<<

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  2. I used to love the Netscape web server + directory server & mail/messaging server (Suite Spot). I had it in all my datacenters. Then it became iPlanet through the Sun/AOL acquisition. And then the Sun Java Enterprise blah blah blah.

    A perfect example of how a great product can be ruined by crappy marketing.

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