Monday August 7th, 2000
Netscape 6 PR2 has hit the servers. These are accessible from Netcenter, so I suppose they're official.
CAVEAT:On the Windows version (the only version I tested), the files apparently aren't final yet. To get the install to work, click "Cancel" while Smartdownload makes its attempt to start the download process. When it asks you if you want to Cancel your download, click "Yes". The process should start properly.
My verdict, upon initial viewing: Why doesn't the install work without having to do that workaround? Why don't the links on the initial-start-front-page work? Why do I have a Net2Phone link on my personal toolbar even though I didn't install it? And why does Net2Phone start (and then crash) when I click that link??? Why is the default skin not Classic, and instead that goofball Modern skin? Why are all the extra sidebar panels visible in the AIM client? Why is the "Setup" button obscured on the AIM client? Why? Why? Why?
Why am I bothering with this when M18 is already so much better? My wish: that Netscape gets their act together for PR3. This is one of the stupidest rollouts that I've seen (worse than PR1, even). Damnit, guys - the Mozilla product is so much better.
I recommend downloading an M18 build if you're looking for a better indication of where the product is at currently. The PR2 build doesn't do it justice, and I don't see that it has enough useful extras to recommend it.
#1 Linux installer doesn't work at all
Monday August 7th, 2000 10:12 PM
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PR2 got released with a broken Linux installer. It dumps core without installing on at least Slackware and Debian Linux.
<P>I'm really steamed about this because I spent a huge chunk of my time smoketesting the candidate build. I filed a smoketest/crash/blocker bug against the installer, but it was marked TRUNK/MOZ only, because someone couldn't reproduce the problem on Red Hat Commercial. Of course it is NOW dogfood+/nsbeta2, but it's a bit late for that. Netsacpe PDT has got to realize that in the Linux world, most people do not run Red Hat. And if someone files a blocker, it should really be investigated before being glossed over.
<P>With that said I congratulate the Mozilla/Netscape team for killing over 1800 bugs since PR1. I just wish they had waited a little bit, if only to get more favorable coverage from the Linux community and trade press.