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.
#79 Re: My impression (MAC)
Friday August 11th, 2000 5:58 PM
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HOLY CRAP is right -- at least PR1 would run. PR2 just sits there without a menu with a big, blank window covering my entire desktop. Oh wait, was that supposed to be some page rendering? Sorry, too slow. Crap crap crap. Expect every other average user to get the same reaction. Netscape has lost its chance, as far as I can tell, unless they pull some REALLY compelling content out of their ass when this goes final to get people to switch. Because as someone who started building pages since lynx first came out, Netscape 6 (not Mozilla, I'm still a fan of that) will NOT grace my machine again until final, and ONLY if the reports are favorable, and maybe then I'll start coding for it. Like many other Mac users, I'll be (very, very sadly) using IE 5.0 for regular use until then.