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ZDNet/Yahoo!: A browser renaissance

Dec 08, 2000, 17:10 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

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"...Like many others, I've been waiting for ages to dump my Netscape browser, which has a 50/50 chance of freezing on any Web page containing Java. It looks like we are about to be rewarded for our patience."

"The reward is not , however, the new Netscape 6. Everyone seems to have their own reason for hating it -- some for its refusal to support LDAP, some for its huge memory footprint, and some for what many call its broken interface. I have yet to read a review with more positives than negatives, and my own experience with it hasn't been great, either. Worst of my complaints is how Netscape 6 seems to want to be far more than a browser; it would completely replace your desktop environment if you let it."

"Of course, unless you've been under a rock for two years you know that Netscape 6 is based on the Mozilla open source chassis. Mozilla has been developing a fully functional browser in parallel with Netscape. Now available at Milestone 18, the pure Mozilla browser is coming along well on its own. People I've spoken with say Mozilla is more stable than Netscape 6, and it includes LDAP support as well as all of Netscape's nicer features, such as its solid adherence to HTML standards."

"But to me, Mozilla wants to do too much on -- and to -- your desktop. Sorry, but I don't think we need to reinvent the wheel. Linux desktops are already plentiful and of good quality. How about something that works with an existing environment rather than trying to replace it?"

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