Netscape 6 Released
Tuesday November 14th, 2000
Netscape 6 has been released. You can download the installer here.
#8 My feelings
by MattBehrens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tuesday November 14th, 2000 7:46 AM
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I have to put my two cents in. I've been reading Mo'zine forever but have never felt the need to contribute 'till now.
Netscape 6 may indeed not be all that was originally expected. I think lots of people had wholly unrealistic expectations for it. Yes, it needs work. But how many dot-oh "Internet release" products today actually work 100%? Geez, I remember back in my ISP days railing against the decision to include IE 4.0 because it demolished folks' Windows installations. Netscape 6.0 is not a perfect product, but I think it is an excellent starting point. (Insert standard bit about the wealth of code contributed to free software as well here.)
So what if it gets a few negative reviews? It's not going to kill the Mozilla platform. Instead of bickering about this or that marketing decision, which you cannot change, why not work on Mozilla in whatever way you can? Compare the crash-prone Moz builds of just a few months ago to today's nightlies. There have been people doing very good work despite the marketing pressures and negative press, and I believe they will continue to do so.
If you're a technically literate person who wants to see Mozilla succeed, but your objective is to win market share, you're expending energy in the entirely wrong direction. Leave ideas of market share to the marketeers. Concentrate on working to make Mozilla better above all else, and the rest of the world will eventually follow.