Netscape Releases 6.1
Wednesday August 8th, 2001
Netscape today released Netscape 6.1, which comes off the 0.9.2 branch. Visit the download page at Netscape for the build. Mozilla builds matching 6.1 are available in the July 27 0.9.2 nightly directories.
#137 Re: Re: to early, again
Monday August 13th, 2001 1:49 AM
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"It's finally something not to be ashamed of being associated with." I must say you've hit the nail on the head. I don't really disagree with 6.0 though. It was actually in line with 4.0; 4.0 was awful. It wasn't until 4.08 that Netscape was happy with that branch. When a new version of Windows comes out, do people upgrade right away? No, they wait until the first service pack. I think Netscape put out 6 first as a marketing tool (it'd been like 2-3 years since 4.5?), but also to prepare Web designers for 6.1. And notice that AOL didn't push 6.0x EVER. They just put it out. As soon as 6.1 came out, advertising went up across all AOL software and online properties - including AOL.com, ICQ, and even at CNET.
I also wanted to note that this could have been 6.5, I think some Moz bugs showed 6.5 for awhile. 6.5 has got to be GOOD. .5 releases are the very finely-tuned releases of a given code base, at least that's what Communicator was to Nav 4.08. Anyway, it's better that 6.5 be released alongside 1.0, which is what it seems they're doing.
6.1 was a much better moniker: it admitted to people that Netscape was not happy with 6.01 as the termination of the pre .5 releases. They've got some time now that their .1 releases ahead of IE, so they can chill for awhile. They'll still be way ahead of IE with a .5 release, I'm sure.