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LinuxPlanet: One Fat Gecko: Netscape 6

Jun 20, 2000, 16:37 (35 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Starling)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"I've read a couple of decent reviews and a few real slammers, but most reviewers manage to set a neutral tone. I guess this is down to human politeness. When somebody is very ill, we try to avoid criticizing them. Well, sorry about this, but I'm about to be rude."

"Netscape 6 is based on the open-source Mozilla browser, which is being assembled through a cooperative project, rather like the Linux operating system. There are very few differences between Netscape 6 and Mozilla's Gecko M16, with the obvious exception that Gecko works at about twice the speed."

"Being polite, we gracefully say, "But this is a preview version - it's allowed to have bugs." Maybe that's true, but not this many. Its font handling is poor, it can't keep track of its own URL history, it gave my CPU palpitations, and of course it's liable to crash. It rejects good Java, and as for its DHTML handling - well, I haven't quite figured that one out yet. It's supposed to be close to a standard version of the DOM (Document Object Model), and I'm sure it is, but whatever it's doing it fails to work with a large proportion of JavaScript already on the Web, and that's bad news."

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