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Linux Journal: Netscape 6 Preview Release 3 -- Strike 3: Is NS 6 Out?

Oct 14, 2000, 20:38 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Angelo)

"Netscape 6 Preview Release 3 (NS6-PR3) is a much-needed improvement over the now old NS 4.x products. It also is an improvement over the first two Netscape 6 (NS 6) preview releases. The most notable additions and improvements since NS 4.x are the Gecko browser engine, Skins-switching, Skins-customizing, the Sidebar and a rebuilt Composer. However, as with the first two NS 6 preview releases, NS6-PR3 is still buggy and crash prone -- although less so now. Additionally, NS 6 comes with some AOL bloatware too."

"Netscape/AOL published the third preview release of Netscape 6.0 for the Linux, Mac and Windows platforms on October 4, 2000. That should be the last of the NS 6 preview releases. The RTM (release to manufacturers) version of NS 6.0 is expected by the end of 2000. NS 6 is the first new Netscape browser suite produced by Netscape's current owner, AOL."

"NS6-PR3, as its predecessors PR1 and PR2, is not yet ready for prime time. PR1 and PR2 were strikes, and PR3 makes it three strikes in a row. More about the new, the improved, the buggy, the bloat and the bad later. The underlying problem here is that, so far, AOL/Netscape is pushing product to public show and tell and to market before the product is ready, quality-wise."

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