"Back when the Web was new, the interesting news in software was
always the latest beta release of Netscape. For some people, that's
still the case. Except the browser they're watching isn't called
Netscape anymore. Instead it goes by the name Mozilla. It's one of
the more ambitious projects in "open source" software
"Netscape 6.0 is just a branch off the Mozilla development tree,
which doesn't foresee a 1.0 version of Mozilla itself until months
from now. This project's pace has become a running subject of
complaint among Web-heads. ... Almost three years after the start
of the project, and a bit more than two years after the developers
running it elected to rewrite its core code from scratch, Mozilla
hit its "0.6" version last month. Nightly updates to its code have
advanced things slightly since then, and the current road map calls
for a 1.0 release this summer "if we're lucky."
"Meanwhile, the current, unfinished product is available for
anybody to download in Windows, Mac and Linux versions. Trying it
out can be a frustrating, deceptive experience; there's a lot to
put up with, but not much that distinguishes this browser from its
commercial cousin, Netscape 6.0."
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