NYTimes: Netscape 6 Browser: Mixed Bag
Nov 30, 2000, 18:29 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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."