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Mozilla 0.9.6 Released

Tuesday November 20th, 2001

mozilla.org today made available for download binaries of the Mozilla 0.9.6 Milestone. The builds are available on the releases page, or you can get them directly from the ftp site.

New to this milestone are fixes for about 1,600 bugs including support for site icons in both the url bar and tabs (expect IE's favicons to show up in 0.9.7), displaying both Windows Bitmap (.bmp) and Windows Icon (.ico) files inline on all platforms, a new print preview implementation, Page Setup improvements on the Macintosh, Mail message 'labels' (Correction: This feature is not fully complete, only parts of the backed have landed.), and a new select and search context menu item, among others. If you are interested in more information on any of these new features, be sure to check out the release notes.

Also, mozilla.org last week released the source code on which Netscape 6.2 was based.


#135 Don't do it!

by michaelg <mike@vee.net>

Thursday November 22nd, 2001 4:58 PM

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Don't do it! Here's some actual reasons:

- Netscape releases have a *hell* of a lot more testing. NS6.2 was based on 0.9.4. It ended up coming out around the same time as 0.9.5. That means that 0.9.4.1 (the final open-source version of NS6.2 had *twice* the QA and bugfixing than your average Mozilla release. During that time, a lot of stability fixes are made.

- NS6 comes with a lot of fluff that, believe it or not, peole actually like and use. Real, Winamp, AIM, etc, etc.

- User support. Netscape provides help and tech support if people need it. NS6's online help may actually be useful, as well.

- Corporate support. Companies will be releasing products and making web sites that work with NS6, not Mozilla.

- No scary and confusing things like the Debug and QA menus, Javascript debuggers called "Venkman", something called "chofmann's browser buster".

- A *lot* of polish. Polish, polish, polish. Again, actual users appreciate this stuff.

So, the moral of the story is use Moz yourself, but give Mum and Dad NS6.2.