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.
#23 Re: Downloader is Crap
Tuesday August 8th, 2000 7:41 AM
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You're right - it's not "Smart Download" at all - it has no concept of mirror sites, so insists on downloading from <ftp://ftp.mozilla.org>, it often gets a bad (1K/s) connection that I have to manually Pause and Re-Connect on (if it's so "Smart", why doesn't it detect that itself and auto-re-establish ?) and, worst of all, there isn't a 16MB-ish .exe you can download for PR2 (there was for PR1 in the "sea" dir) that do the "dumb" download of and install "all in one go" (no further Net connections needed). <P> Strangely, when I installed 6.0 PR2, it actually fired up in the Classic skin without me telling it to - maybe it's cos I use the Classic with Mozilla ? <P> BTW, this "Netscape Activation" thing (the dialog box you get when fire up PR2 for the first time), does it send any info to Netscape (it shouldn't, but it smells like it might) ?