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 8:55 PM
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It seems that the old Netscape management has either disintegrated or been subject to so much AOL training that they don't know how to run a good company anymore. Listening to all this bashing of PR2, I'm not even going to bother downloading it. Before you release a beta, you are suppsoed to document all the known issues. You are supposed to give it somewhat of a polished look. You have to make it faster, if at the expense of a little functionality.
I think AOL's goal is to destroy the Netscape name...they buy Netscape, then completely kill them by re-signing the IE contract. They won't even allow Netscape a fighting chance - they have to kill Netscape's name. If PR3 isn't a godsend, then they shouldn't even release this new browser as Netscape - change the name to iPlanet - new name, new reputation.