Netscape Releases Netscape 6.2
Tuesday October 30th, 2001
Netscape today released version 6.2 of it's browser based on Mozilla. Downloads for a variety of platforms and languages are available (we've linked to the english builds, there are other languages of Netscape 6 available, and we expect that, as in the past, more tranlations of 6.2 will show up later), and you can also check out the release notes. This release comes off the Mozilla 0.9.4 branch, and is the third major release from Netscape using Mozilla.
Tuesday October 30th, 2001 3:10 PM
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I see the following problems with this release: 1. It still uses the 'Mozilla' directory in the Application Folder to store profile data in Windows (~/.mozilla in UNIX) it should use a Netscape6 directory as there's a few problems with Netscape 6 and Mozilla sharing profile data. Beonex, K-Meleon and others use their own directory so why shouldn't Netscape.
2. The icon on the desktop is called "Netscape 6.2" and when you do a simple upgrade it leaves my Netscape 6 icon still on the desktop but of course Netscape 6.1 has been overwritten so no need for this extra icon.
3. I notice simple MAPI support is in this release even though it's not made it into the last Mozilla nightly I tried, however the 'use system mail notification sound' feature is not in Netscape 6.2 even though it is in Mozilla. To me I consider that more important.
4. To the average user there seems to be no compelling reason to upgrade from 6.1, perhaps this release should have been based on something later like 0.9.6