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O'Reilly Network: Netscape 6: A New Look for Linux Users [Review]

Apr 08, 2000, 01:58 (38 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Halsall)

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"It's been a little more than two years since Netscape released their browser source code into the hands of the Open Source community and became known as the Mozilla project. This week, with a fair amount of excitement, Netscape released the first browser based on the Mozilla code-base, Netscape 6.0 Pre-Release 1, or NS6PR1."

"Somewhat later than many had hoped, this release is important both in demonstrating to Netscape users what the near future holds, and to reaffirm the commitment to the Mozilla-based browser by Netscape's new owners, AOL. It's also important to realize that this release is very much an early beta (some might argue late alpha) version, so not everything works exactly the way it should, and the browser can crash frequently."

"Not only was the browser effectively re-written from the ground up, but it is now a highly customizable, cross-platform, standards compliant and completely open software architecture upon which just about anything can be built. The Mozilla team have fulfilled the original Netscape promise: middleware which can allow the OS to disappear."

"Is NS6PR1 a challenger to Microsoft's Internet Explorer? Not yet, but it will be soon. And I suspect the Mozilla technology will be finding it's way into many applications, since you can't beat the licensing terms. And if AOL choose it as their default browser, Netscape could very quickly regain the lead in browser share."

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