M12 Out!

Tuesday December 21st, 1999

M12 is now out. Get it from the FTP site. It might be a little difficult to get in. If you have a mirror site, let us know in the forum, and we'll add your info to this news item.

So far there are releases for Mac, FreeBSD, Sparc Solaris 2.7, Windows, OpenVMS and Linux.

#10 M12 on a 2 1/2 year old Mac

by Mike_S <>

Wednesday December 22nd, 1999 12:09 AM

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As some may remember I couldn't get M11 to launch at all on my system. M12 is going, in fact I'm using it right now.

I used the installer program and let me tell you, it gave a new meaning to slow. It took 13 minutes to install on this 225 Mhz sytstem with 96MB of RAM. It's a 603e but it still shouldn't take that long.

I like the chrome except for the way the buttons overlap into the grey area on the button bar. Looks tacky to me.

The text fields are a little odd, wrapping doesn't seem to work quite right and the cursor seems to jump to odd places if I type to quick.

I managed to pop the customize area of the sidebar open once but couldn't make any changes and it won't open again.

Can't seem to change themes from the preference either. Is it just my imagination or does Mail and News use a different chrome? I like that one.

Speed is decent, it's not as fast as Mac IE or Communicator 4.7. I'm undecided as to whether it's quicker than iCab or not.

Considering this is, maybe, Alpha 1 I'd say I'm pretty impressed. If Mozilla's progression is anything like iCab's than performance should be blazing when it's done. Each iCab *beta* get's a little quicker and at alpha level Moz is almost as fast.

iCab has the clear advantage in RAM footprint and install, it doesn't even need an installer. It doesn't do javascript, yet, or have a mail/news client though.

The tab in Moz isn't working as it should, apperantly.

Anyhow, I've never used Alphaware before so I'm sure all these bugs are quite normal and will be mostly solved by beta.

Mozilla is turning into an impressive package, I just hope things like launching and installing get much, much faster that right now is it's biggest flaw IMO.

PS: I was surprised to see the installer refer to this as Netscape Communicator 5.0. I thought they were to be entirly different packages with Netscape branding their own.

This is the first Moz I'm not trashing right away, it hasn't crashed and it's pretty useable.