CNET Review of Mozilla 1.0 Release Candidate 2

Monday May 20th, 2002

Ezh pointed us towards a review of RC2 over at CNET. We've been sitting on this for a few days in the hope of getting some more reviews to tell you about but no more seem to have come in. Tell us if you find any.

CNET's latest review, like the RC1 piece, is generally positive. Reviewer Rex Baldazo likes the fact that Java is easier to set up and approves of the new option to disable cookies in Mail & Newsgroups. However, he still hasn't read the bit in the Release Notes that says not to use the same profile with Netscape and Mozilla.

#14 Re: This should (in fact, must) be solved

by dave532

Tuesday May 21st, 2002 4:24 AM

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The fact that Beonex <> uses its own profile directory is a good thing. It solves all the problems that are associated with sharing profiles. Also as Beonex, Mozilla and Netscape 6/7 are distinct apps (although based on the same codebase) changing the preferences in one shouldn't affect the preferences of another.

As Mozilla is not for end users, blah, blah, blah - we can make excuses for mozilla not playing nice with Netscape 6 browsers, but Netscape which is an end user product - they really should have used separate profiles just like Beonex do. It makes Netscape look bad if their browser breaks because someone out of curiousity installs Mozilla and then they find out that their copy of Netscape 6.x has broken somehow.

The best way to solve this problem would be to move Netscape profiles to \Application Data\Netscape 7\ (or ~/.netscape7 on UNIX) and offer to migrate an existing Netscape 6.x/Mozilla profile if it if more recent than any Netscape 4.x profile on the machine.

Alternatively, let Netscape keep \Application Data\Mozilla\ so that old Netscape 6.x profiles don't need reimporting and move the releases to use \Application Data\\ (~/ as Mozilla has not reached 1.0 yet and has warnings plastered over the download site then people using Mozilla should be less surprised if they had to copy over their profile data manually (although an import feature should be written)