Netscape 6 Released

Tuesday November 14th, 2000

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

#234 Warning: Major Bug -- Showstopper for Some

by Mike_Cornall

Wednesday November 22nd, 2000 11:05 PM

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I've run into a bug that everyone should know about, and that will force some people to wait for the next point release before upgrading.

Netscape 6.0 has a problem with the bookmarks, in that it loses the information in the bookmark description field when you stop and restart the program. The other bookmark fields (name, url, keywords) are fine.

For people who don't currently use the bookmark description field in Netscape 4.7x, this is not serious (as long as you're aware of it), but for people who have entered information in the description field, this is a showstopper.

I can't say if this happens for every user on every platform.

Apparently this was a Mozilla bug that they didn't think affected the Netscape development stream, but it does.

I have exchanged emails with the Mozilla developers, who expressed their concern, and assured me that a fix will be in the next release.

Update on the rest:

I've been using Netscape 6.0 on Linux for seven days now.

I've had one lock-up (not a crash, but just as bad) that forced me to switch consoles in order to kill the process. The good news is that it occurred under somewhat unusual conditions (a non-responding webpage timed out while I was in the middle of a bookmark drag-n-drop operation).

Netscape 6.0 still uses a lot of memory, so I still can't recommend it for users with less than 64 MB. The memory also grows over time, so the browser should be stopped and restarted at least once per day. I'm sure future releases will fix the memory growth, and hopefully also reduce the overall requirements.

I thought I would be ignoring the sidebar tools, but I've found that I really like them. The bookmarks sidebar, especially, tends to save me a lot of time. I've already started thinking of new sidebar tools I want.

Overall, except for that one major bug, I'm still satisfied, and I'm still using Netscape 6.0 as my main browser.