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NYTimes: Netscape 6 Browser: Mixed Bag

Nov 30, 2000, 18:29 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Pogue)

"After two years of programming efforts and six months of availability in free preview form, Netscape and its parent, America Online, released Netscape 6 last week in Windows, Macintosh and Linux versions. Unveiling a new version of Netscape Navigator now may, at first glance, seem to be a pathetic gesture. At this point, Netscape is like a mouse lobbing spitballs at an oncoming steamroller. According to the analyst group WebSideStory, 86 percent of the world's Web surfers use Internet Explorer. (Whether Internet Explorer's supremacy results from its being built into Windows, as Netscape says, or because it's simply better, as Microsoft claims, is another question entirely.)..."

"The result is an Internet software suite that not surprisingly primarily reflects the interests of the world's Web-page designers, meaning that it can understand every standard dialect of Web-page programming - HTML 4, XML, CSS, DOM and so on...."

"But if Web-page designers are mostly pleased with Netscape 6, ordinary mortals are in for a broad array of disappointments. The program is a memory glutton, hoarding 20 to 25 megabytes of RAM. (Abandon all hope, ye with 32-megabyte PC's.) Its speed is fine once you're online, but it takes nearly a minute to start up, even on fast Macs and Windows PC's - long enough for you to say, 'I wish this browser were built into the operating system' 20 times in a row."

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