Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1

Wednesday May 22nd, 2002

Netscape today unveiled Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1, the first beta of its successor to Netscape 6. The preview is based on the recent Mozilla 1.0 RC2 build and features most of the enhancements that have been added to Mozilla since Netscape 6.2 was released, including tabbed browsing, print preview, the ability to save complete web pages, email return receipts, message labels and S/MIME support.

Netscape's proprietary components have also been improved. An enhanced Instant Messenger now supports file transfers, buddy icons and communication with ICQ users (though you cannot be signed on to both AIM and ICQ at the same time). Also new is Radio@Netscape, a streaming audio service powered by Spinner.

Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1 is available from Netscape's web site or FTP server. Marketing spiel can be found at the Netscape 7.0 Info Center.

#137 SOLUTION to Strange behavior

by jonadab <>

Wednesday May 29th, 2002 10:54 AM

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I've discovered the solution for this, and it comes from understanding the difference between the two PCs, the one where it didn't happen and the one where it did. The one where it didn't happen had previously had Netscape 6 installed, and so had had the Netscape Activation cancelled. (Having completed it would probably also work, but I'm not interested in testing that.) The PC where the problem manifested itself was newer and so had never had Netscape 6, because by the time we got it 6.2.x was so badly obsolete we were using the unbranded 0.9.9 or so for the features (print preview and so on -- which, BTW, are all now included in NS7.0PR1, which is why we're going back to the branded releases, mainly for the logos and the "Netscape" brand name; the AIM component we don't want).

So the problem is that Netscape 7 doesn't handle activation correctly and complete it, nor does it provide a UI for disabling it.

If you don't want to install Netscape 6 first to turn off activation, there's a workaround, as follows: in the directory where you installed Netscape 7, in the defaults directory, within the prefs directory, find the file all-ns.js and change the line with browser.registration.enable so that it reads false instead of true. Do this while Netscape 7 is not running. Problem goes away.

Hopefully Netscape will come out with a 7.0.1 to repair this minor issue. Activation should only be attempted once, and whether it fails or succeeds it shouldn't be done again. Should be an easy fix, and it would make a big difference. In other respects this is an excellent release; it knocks the socks off of 6.2.x in such a wide variety of ways, and it bundles the plugins and stuff (which the Mozilla releases do not), which is not an issue for powerusers but makes a big difference for a lot of end users.