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.
#29 Java issues too - Netscape 6 PR2
Tuesday August 8th, 2000 9:43 AM
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It does not handle Java too well either. Try using a site that uses Java based controls from site navigation. The whole browser locks up on Win NT 4 SP 6a when you try to use any Java control. I even tried a java control on <http://www.javasoft.com> and it locked up. Just try clicking the link in the applet on the right side of the screen.
Even sites with that "Punch the Money" banner ad will cause the browser to lock up if the banner is Java based. You try to punch the monkey and it's lights out for the whole browser.
This build sucks. It should have not been released.