Netscape 6 Released
Tuesday November 14th, 2000
Netscape 6 has been released. You can download the installer here.
#11 ... and it sucks badly
Tuesday November 14th, 2000 8:52 AM
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In the recent discussion on this site I made a plea for netscape to delay NS 6. It turns out they should have followed my advice. I downloaded and intstalled netscape 6. It did not detect I already have java, flash and real audio installed and went on to install its own versions. Then it did not launch because there was a conflict with some remains of a mozilla nightly (I knew how to fix it but quite likely some others don't know this).
After I managed to launch it succesfully (this now consistently takes about 20 seconds). I immediately noted that a bug I reported early august was not fixed (in fact it's not yet fixed in mozilla either). Basically it means that IE favorites are not imported correctly.
So first impressions: - It's slow, repaints are visually slower than native programs. Netscape simply lacks some of the performance optimizations that have already moved into mozilla. - Integration is poor, aside from the obvious, reported bug I mentioned earlier, netscape does a poor job of using what is available. People who will blindly choose the 'full' install will get redundant versions of software they already have. - It is based on M18, while a usefull build, it certainly was not release quality. I still believe they should have waited longer.
In short, use mozilla nightlies. They are already better. Check on this site to find the stable ones. I don't see how netscape 6 can be anything else than disappointing to the average user. I expect a few very bad reviews and a lot of bad press for both mozilla and netscape over the next few days. I hope netscape will move quickly to a netscape 6.1 based on a better mozilla build.