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LinuxPlanet: Preview: Netscape 6, Preview Release 2

Aug 10, 2000, 17:45 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"...Now the second preview is out, It's more complete, more usable in general, and supposedly (alongside Milestone 17), the last release before the business of optimizing and bugcrushing are undertaken in earnest. In other words: this is what you're going to get, it just doesn't work as well as it will."

"Before going any further, we'll issue a few warnings:"

"Netscape 6 will not present itself as usable to people in need of a stable browser. It has bugs, it misbehaves, and it disappears from the screen over mysterious vexations known only to itself. If casual users can spend an hour of worry (and crash) free browsing, we're happy for them."

"We also don't believe it's somehow a mark of an imperfect Open Source/Free Software advocate to point out that the product isn't ready for prime time. Netscape 4.73 is more stable on our test machines where Linux is concerned, and when we ran the Windows version on a dual-boot machine, I found much the same thing. The Gecko rendering engine is very good, and it does a nice job. The wrapper around that engine, though, is flawed. It's no poor reflection on Open Source software that this is so, and if you've been around the community for long, you know this makes its own sense. It is, however, a mark of how far a product has to go if Netscape 4.7 is consistently better behaved."

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