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.
#30 Re: It's Still NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Thursday March 30th, 2000 12:52 PM
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> I realize this is an unofficial pre-beta release, but it still isn't good enough in my opinion. I've been reading comments on several messages boards regarding the quality of this pre-release, the consensus seems to be that so far there is no reason to upgrade.
Well, I doubt Mozilla developers and Moz fans here would really want typical web users to start upgrading yet! Testing? yes, upgrading? No! Moz is not ready!!!! True!! Beta is for upgrade! NOT!!!!
> Mozilla still has page layout problems, it still is lacking in DHTML support, the installation doesn't allow for as much customization as IE 5 does...I could go on and on.
What customization? If you are talking about a pref ui for all the customizations that moz can do (that IE can do and more), no sweat, it will be fixed. Again I must repeat. This is BETA1. There will be a BETA2 from netscape I heard. (Maybe that will be the real Mozilla beta?)
> We're still about a month away from Beta and I'm hoping many of these issues are resolved by then. I don't know if this is possible, but I'd like to see an installation program like that found in MSIE, one which allows the user to customize their browser features and then download them.
Make that BETA2 (or later), but that is also up to netscape. There was some effort to saperate the mail-news component from the browser component, but I haven't heard anything about that in a while.
> This would be great for people who don't want to download an 18 meg file on a dial up connection or when they just want the very base installation.
It would be great, but this is beta. If people feel that downloading 18 meg is a pain, then don't! Beta is not for everybody.
> The one thing I *did* like about this version was the "N" icon in the top right corner. 'Twas very flashy :)
Speaking of the throbber, could all the throbbers that were in the throbber contests be made available in chromezone... (with author's permission of course!)