Netscape's Plans for M14 and Beyond

Monday February 7th, 2000

Cmad writes, "Want to know more about Netscape's release plan? Another interesting article has been posted on that matter by Jim A. Roskind in the SeaMonkey newsgroup."

If the link above doesn't work for you, try this link.

Jim goes into detail about what Netscape is expecting to do with M14 - it could turn into an alpha Netscape product, a beta product, or, worst case, they might end up holding off to M15 for a branded version. They're expecting that M16 will be feature complete (presumably the skin-switching code and security module will be in by that time, too).

Beyond the obvious performance issues, I think Netscape should really try to address the usability issues with the current skin if they are looking to push out a beta product. For example, the toolbar buttons should be labeled, and the buttons themselves should not extend over the grey space below the main toolbar -- it looks like an unintended effect (or defect).

What do you think? Post your thoughts and ideas in the forum for this news item, but since this has been a contentious issue in the past, I'm asking that you please keep your post civil.


#12 Re: B.E. stability and performance is most importa

by gerbilpower <>

Monday February 7th, 2000 1:40 PM

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Performance on the Win32 builds seemed to have slowed the last two weeks, while at the same time the Mac builds seem to be faster. I don't know about the Linux builds. Here's what I'm talking about:

Just last night while I was at work, I tested Mozilla on the PowerComputing PowerTower (Mac-clone, before they got bought out) with 48 megs RAM and a 200 MHz 604e processor (pre-G3), and it started and felt FASTER and less painful to use than Mozilla on my 233MHz Pentium with 96 megs RAM.