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.
Tuesday August 8th, 2000 1:43 AM
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Thanks for the tip! I finished downloading it and have this to say...
Did they even try this before they released it? Surely they'd notice the taskbar bug. And I also noticed that the "Image Blocking" feature is removed, to no one's surprise. Of course, there are a few good features, such as the Bookmarks menu in the personal toolbar (who's idea was it to remove THAT? I use that all the time, sheesh.) and the old-style Buttons for the personal toolbar (again, make Classic look like Classic!)
Good for a novelty. I haven't tried M17, but it probably looks like this :(
Also, I can't get my ichat plugin working with PR2 like I can with Mozilla, copying the npichat.dll file to the Plugins directory. Anyway, posting with PR2, as I switch to Mozilla...