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Some Comments on the Leaked 6 Beta

Wednesday March 29th, 2000

If you visit sites other than MozillaZine, you might have gotten wind of an accidentally public version of Netscape 6 Beta. What had happened was that Netscape was doing some staging tests on an ftp server, and some folks got wind of this (and the direct links to the files) and spread the news far and wide. MozillaZine considered posting this news, but we contacted Netscape and they requested that we hold off, and told us that what was on the FTP server isn't necessarily everything that would be in the final Beta release. The links have since been removed. This release wasn't "unofficial", it was "accidental", and it wasn't a "preview release". The Beta itself may very well be branded a "Preview Release", but what people got was not some special "sneak peek", or anything of the sort.

The Netscape 6 Beta is coming, though, and we'll let you know as soon as there is something to report.


#15 Re: Screenshots? Info??

by locka <adamlock@eircom.net>

Thursday March 30th, 2000 8:22 AM

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The browser on it's own won't be 16mb but if you throw in all the crap that an official Netscape release entails, e.g. AIM, WinAmp, Realplayer etc. then it'll will certainly be 10Mb at least, probably more.

Of course, users now have a choice. If the Netscape release is too big, they can stick with Mozilla. It's pretty much the same thing afterall. If that's still to big for some people with its 5-6Mb download (compared to 30Mb+ for IE) then I'm sure that someone will produce a lean and mean distro without the flashy chrome, the mail & news, the Java support etc. and that could probably be done in 3Mb.