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Netscape 6 Released

Tuesday November 14th, 2000

Netscape 6 has been released. You can download the installer here.


#123 This is funny...

by bjensen <rom@silverlink.net>

Wednesday November 15th, 2000 4:03 PM

You are replying to this message

...Positive remarks regarding NS6 are typically followed by dual posts... hehe!

For you Mozilla buffs out there... the GP (General Public) isn't comparing NS6 to some pre-beta/pre-alpha build of Mozilla (whatever the hell it's status is now)... they are comparing it to IE... GET IT... INTERNET EXPLORER!!!

Mozilla may be more stable than NS6... but it's still wrapped in a UI that is... well... far left of the bell curve as far as I'm concerned.

You can go on and on about 'standards support', yaddah, yaddah, yaddah...

The point is will users like it? Except for the *very* small few here... the answer is a clear NO!!! NO!!!! NO!!! NO!!!!

Unless the *user* claims significant usage of NS6/Moz... the standards support means virtually nothing. Commercial sites will *not* ignore the *massive* IE market share because NS6/MOZ supports more standards.

Furthermore, the IE team isn't going to just put their feet up on their desks and call it a day as far as future development of IE goes.

Critical mistakes have been made regarding Mozilla right from the get go.

The radical redesign of the UI was a big no-no. Many (now) NS 4.X users simply use the browser because they like the UI... they could care less about it's 'Standards Support'. Departing from a well accepted UI was a big mistake. IE didn't even doing anything that stupid... it worked... and they built on and enhanced it over time. Now a new Netscape user has a whole new UI to work with and become accustomed to... something for many is unacceptable. Yes, I know the computer geeks out there have no problem with such things but the general population does. And the method of UI implmentation chosen as the UI wrapper, XUL, was *not* the answer. Talk about a flaky implementation of rendering a user interface!

The sad thing is that Netscape isn't really even Netscape anymore... most of the top people have left (including the founders) and it has been acquired by AOL. Netscape is just a name now used by AOL for marketing purposes.

I get sick of the *small* few in here... especially with their double posts of the identical that say... 'Works Great', 'I love It', etc..., etc..., etc... Please, Give it a damn rest would ya?

Another thing I hear is just another line of more excuses for Mozilla/NS6: It's really just a 1.0 release build from the ground (byte 0) up'... bologna!!! That's a lame sorry excuse and I hate more than anything when people start making lame excuses for whatever it is that has failed to make the mark.

Enough venting for now...

-Bruce