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LinuxPlanet: Netscape 6: Enter the Gecko [Review]

Apr 17, 2000, 15:04 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

"I'm not going to pretend that I'm a fan of the new Netscape 6 interface. I'm not. I find it overdesigned and very inconvenient to use, with familiar tools scattered all over the interface, and there seems to have been a lot of change to the interface for the sake of change. The Netscape folks argue that it's a simpler interface with fewer buttons, and I suppose that's technically true; but it seems like a lot of important things, like easy access to bookmarks, was deemphasized in Netscape 6."

"Now, having said all that, I will admit that Netscape 6 will become essential software for every Linux user over the next two years. I'll even go farther and argue that if the performance issues with Netscape 6 are worked out, Netscape 6 has a very good chance of regaining some market share from Microsoft Internet Explorer in the overall Web-browser market."

"The core of Netscape 6 is Netscape Gecko, a new browser engine that's also being positioned for use in a variety of situations past Netscape 6, including net devices, embedded devices, and set-top TVs. This engine contains no legacy code, and in our tests it did appear to render pages faster than older versions of Netscape Navigator. (Overall, however, this beta release is slower than previous versions of Netscape Navigator, proving that rendering pages is only one portion--albeit an important portion--of what a Web browser must do.)"

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