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Netscape 6.1 Beta 1

Tuesday June 12th, 2001

Netscape today released a beta of their upcoming 6.1 release, based on the mozilla 0.9.1 branch. Check out the release notes, or grab the build.


#32 Re: Re: Why, oh why, didn't they call it 6.5?

by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Wednesday June 13th, 2001 5:58 PM

You are replying to this message

"When you say they liked it, I think that's a bit misleading."

I think what you said about my posting is misleading. I didn't say thay liked it; I said they seemed to like it, i.e. in my opinion the review appears to be generally positive.

You quoted extensive chunks of the article, but I feel you concentrated mainly on the review's negative comments about Netscape 6.01 PR1. You did not for example mention that the CNET reviewer (Rex Baldazo) said that "Netscape 6.1 may actually give Internet Explorer some earnest competition." You think that my digest of the piece was too positive, I think that yours is too negative.

You said that the review could be seen as "daming with faint praise". I don't see it like that - I find the review is encouraging. Equally, your comment that the review shows "guarded optimism with significant reservations" is as fair as my summary that "CNET seem to like it". Both are individual opinions. And both are equally valid.

The only way to capture the exact spirit of the review would be to quote the entire text and not pass any comment on it, as it is impossible to make any subjective comment about a piece of writing without expressing an opinion in the process. My aim was to provide a personal view of the article and highlight the positive aspects of NS6.01PR1 that it mentioned. I did not realise that my posting was going to be the subject of a damning critique. I deliberately put in a link so that people could read the full review and form their own opinions, as you evidently did.

I would like to assure you and the other readers of MozillaZine that I did not intend to mislead anybody nor manipulate CNET's article. I apologise if you feel I did.

Alex