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Netscape 6 Released

Tuesday November 14th, 2000

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


#64 non-compliane a major issue

by strauss

Tuesday November 14th, 2000 6:58 PM

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Instability and non-compliance with major areas of the DOM mean that the situation for browser-based software developers has just gotten much worse. The problem is that flaky browsers need to be supported. The list of weird problems one will run into during the test matrix has just gone up -- given the large number of quirks and non-compliances in NS6.0, probably about doubled.

The project was supposed to save us by establishing a solid baseline of reliable behavior has instead become the greatest threat ever released for serious browser-based software. It will remain so for at least a year, and probably two to three years.

It's silly to blame Netscape. Mozilla still has thousands of unresolved bugs. This is a shoddy codebase and popping briefly into #mozilla will quickly reveal the developers themselves describing the browser using terms like "p.o.s.".

So much for "all bugs are shallow given enough eyeballs!" Will the open source movement ever begin to describe itself honestly?