Wednesday March 1st, 2000
This release doesn't contain the crypto code yet. That is still to come. But feel free to download! Currently only Linux and Windows builds available -- more to come. When's the crypto code arriving? "Really, really soon", from what I've heard.
#45 It'll definitely be better than Netscape
Thursday March 2nd, 2000 6:48 AM
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Definitely better than Netscape (by which I mean the current 4.x Netscape - Mozilla will be released under the Netscape name, possibly as 5.x or 6.x). Netscape 4.x is completely deficient in all Web standards and has many, many serious bugs in implementation of the critically important CSS standard.
It will also be significantly better than IE5 in terms of Web standards support, although Microsoft may release another version by the time Mozilla is completed, so there may not be much of a difference there (we'll see!)
In terms of usability, well, at the moment it's significantly harder and less pleasant to use than both Netscape 4.x and IE5, due to missing features like drag and drop, and having a horrible ugly sidebar [which you CAN turn off, though :)]. By release, they will fix the missing features, and my personal expectation is that it will be roughly on a par with those browsers.
From a user's perspective, if you are hoping for a dramatic improvement over IE5, you won't see one. However from a web developer's perspective, Mozilla is heaven because it actually works properly.
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