Communicator 4.6 is Out

Sunday May 16th, 1999

Netscape 4.6 is out with bugfixes and a few feature updates. Visit the Netscape FTP site to get yours.

Thanks to Henrik Lynggaard for the news.

#1 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Andrew Niese

Sunday May 16th, 1999 3:40 PM

This had better be the VERY LAST version on the old codebase. Know what? I say that AOL DOUBLES the amount of engineers working on Mozilla 5.

They need to put ALL of their effort into that right now. Every damn employee.

#2 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Jim Lee

Sunday May 16th, 1999 5:06 PM

So what new goodies are in the update?

#3 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by janahan

Sunday May 16th, 1999 5:59 PM

hmmmm.... seems a fair bit faster than 4.51... are they starting to use some of Mozilla speed improvements, or is it just me????

(They are not using gecko itself!!! that bit is obvious!!!)

But redraws and stuff like that is certainly faster!

Any opinions???

#4 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Jeff Simmons

Sunday May 16th, 1999 6:54 PM

Is there a 128-bit encryption version out? And where can I get it?

"To order to protect our national security, you can only sell them SQUARE wheels."

#5 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Mike Barrientos

Sunday May 16th, 1999 8:09 PM

<A HREF="">Try his link</A> for the 128 bit encryption. It's just the URL for 4.51 secure version, with the version number changed to 4.6 in the URL (I've tested and it works)

#6 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Mike Barrientos

Sunday May 16th, 1999 8:11 PM

Didn't work last time, here's the URL:

#7 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Jeff Simmons

Sunday May 16th, 1999 10:18 PM

Thanks for the link to the 128-bit encryption Netscape 4.6 for Win32. Any chance there's a Linux glibc version?

#8 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Mike Barrientos

Sunday May 16th, 1999 11:59 PM

Here's a Linux 2.0 link, but I don't think this is the glibc version:

#9 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Adam Lock

Monday May 17th, 1999 2:45 AM

Does it have an option to install without that instant messenger piece of s**t?

#10 Re: Communicator 4.6 is Out

by stephan

Monday May 17th, 1999 3:36 AM

Any European 128-bit locations yet?

#11 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by broken

Monday May 17th, 1999 4:51 AM

Whatever happened to shipping just the browser, without mail, news and all the other things? I think they stopped doing that on 4.08 :(

#12 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by zontar

Monday May 17th, 1999 5:07 AM

Andrew Niese:

Amen, brother! The old codebase is a dead end -- let's quit wasting time and energy on it.

(Cruising the site this morning with IE5 just so I could check out the effects of the Moz "favicon". Pretty slick, guys... ;-)

#13 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Christian

Monday May 17th, 1999 6:20 AM

why is there no direct download link from I read about the new release on CNET... :-(

#14 Re: No Link

by Kevin

Monday May 17th, 1999 6:32 AM

No direct link because the old netscape is a piece of sh*t, and they are just releasing this new one to show off the G2 player and their other goody addon upgrades.

We'll see more news when Mozilla finally ships.

#15 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Jaroslav Jelinek

Monday May 17th, 1999 6:35 AM

There's some new CSS1 stuff like correct color link underlining or unordered lists update. But I have to agree with Andrew Niese to quit wasting time on the old code.

#16 I don't see a big problem

by Jim Kingdon

Monday May 17th, 1999 6:55 AM

Well, to me the list of features in 4.6 seemed relatively modest - that is, things they could add without much effort which would extend the life of 4.x quite a bit. I'm as eager as the next person to see 5.x take over, chiefly because of the various benefits I expect from something which is (1) open source, (2) released, and (3) componentized thanks to Adam Lock - with the combination having a synergistic effect. However, until 5.x is ready, I don't see a lot of point in geting upset about trying to keep Netscape's browser viable with 4.6.

#17 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Jogar the Barbarian

Monday May 17th, 1999 7:34 AM

Here is link to Linux-glibc Netscape 4.6, with browser only and complete communicator:

Navigate the tree to find other versions of happiness (except for 128-bit secure, of course... must fill out citizenship form for that)

#18 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Tekhir

Monday May 17th, 1999 7:38 AM

Two college grads and a monkey could come up with this minor update. Mainly its just bug fixes and new 3rd party plugins. Besides The beta of NS 5 comes out and the end of July while the final thing should come out at the end of the year, thats a lot of time between releases.

#19 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by SomeSmartAss

Monday May 17th, 1999 7:44 AM

A few things to keep in mind

a) Mozilla is hitting its milestones quite nicely with the coders available. And besides, Netscape's been lambasted in the press for having "too many" coders on this project already

b) Mozilla isn't Netscape. yes, they have a vested interest, but they are two different entities. It makes good business sence for Netscape to keep its existing prprietary code/product going in parralel to Mozilla code.

c) this is a support release of an existing product. many businesses rely on the current release version of Netscape. By ignoring these users, in hopes that they'll contiue to the buggy current version untill the Mozilla release date rolls around ain't feasable or realistic.

#20 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Bobby

Monday May 17th, 1999 9:40 AM

I'm glad they finally put the Real G2 player in the update. I use Real G2 content on my website and don't feel I have to twist everybody's arm to download it. Most people don't download pluggins. And for the most part browsers. If people are going to wait for and hour to download netscape 4.6 they might as well get some goodies with it :)

#21 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Monty Charlton

Monday May 17th, 1999 9:45 AM

Don't know if it's 4.6, or glibc, but my browser just got snappier. cool.


#22 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Adam Lock

Monday May 17th, 1999 10:29 AM

I don't agree with people who say "don't download it because 5.0 is around the corner" because it isn't. Mozilla is still alpha quality and isn't likely to be classified as beta for 2 or 3 months yet. Even when it finally does get release you won't get anything like the stability of 4.6 until it has been seriously tested by "real" users. In particular, I bet there are a large number of gaping security holes in Mozilla that won't be found for some time yet.

I'm a Mozilla developer but I still use 4.5 for day-to-day purposes. The HTML browser might be a bit arcane, but it works and the mail/news component still stomps all over Outlook Express as far as I'm concerned.

My main gripe with 4.x (and no doubt it will apply to the Netscape branded 5.0) is that comes with a load of "value-added" crap that you can't choose not to install.

#23 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by arielb

Monday May 17th, 1999 11:08 AM

well it helps that we're using talkback fullcircle on mozilla even at this early stage. When did Netscape start using talkback? 4.5 beta right?

#24 More developers!!

by -=Yusuf=-

Monday May 17th, 1999 11:29 AM

No, Andrew is right:


Netscape definitely needs to stop with this buggy old crap codebase and throw the guys on that project into Mozilla. Seriously, who the hell actually CARES whether the media calls Mozilla non-opensource because it has a lot of Netscape coders on it?

The point is that the code will be free and available no matter WHAT these sh**heads call it. And code that is free and available is called ... you guessed it ... open-source!

Really, in 2 years or so, will anybody really give a sh** because there were lots of Netscape employees working on it some time ago?? I don't think so! So ignore what the media (esp. idiots like Jesse "The Luser" Berst) say, and get cracking! Read the latest status update (16 May) people, these guys WANT and NEED MORE HELP!!!


PS SomeSmartAss: It does *not* make good business sense for Netscape to keep reinventing the wheel; they already have a browser (Mozilla) that kicks IE's slimy butt back under the hole it crawled out from (even in pre-alpha!!), so why waste time with parallel development? It's stupid.


#25 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by arielb

Monday May 17th, 1999 11:59 AM

don't worry- next year nobody will work on Netscape 4.x. People will work on bug fixes on a stable build of mozilla and new features for the dev build. Waiting sux eh? yeah well I guess i have to wait for alot of other things too.

#26 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by SomeSmartAss

Monday May 17th, 1999 1:59 PM

"so why waste time with parallel development?"

because joe-internet user isn't going to download a pre-alpha nightly build right now, and if they don't patch up bugs in the pre-existing release browser, joe-internet user will move over to another browser.

Not just Netscape doing it either. Neoplanet is going to release its own browser, based on the Adam Lock Gecko component; and that makes even less sence. Lets rush to release an interchangable chrome wrapper for a rendering engine that has the capability of producing interchangable chrome built in.

Look, From a business stand point, its pretty simple. Fix what you got now, so you keep the existing users happy untill you can really wow 'em with the next full release.

and on an other note,

" [Netscape]comes with a load of "value-added" crap that you can't choose not to install."

Such are the joys of ditribution partnerships. Before they bought Netscape, AOL undoubtedly paid a pretty penny to have IM bundled with Communicator. At least we will have a choice. There will undoubtedly be a Mozilla-pure browser, just as sure as there will be a "value-added" Netscape 5.0

p.s. What are the associated attributes for the <RANT> tag? I'm thinking TONE="calm/emotional/seething" EXPERTISE="none/poor/average/high" as some possibilities....

#27 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by random static

Monday May 17th, 1999 3:22 PM

<INQUIRY type="curious"> does this let me enable CSS without enabling JavaSecurityBreachScript, or is that even possible with the old codebase? </INQUIRY>

<QUESTION topic="off"> will such a thing be possible with gecko? how much scripting will i be able to disable with the full mozilla - i don't trust any of it; that the UI will be dependent on it frightens me already. </QUESTION>

#28 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Kovu

Monday May 17th, 1999 11:33 PM

I'd be interested to see how it does against IE5. Also, I think "feature freeze" day is July 20th but Communicator beta might be then August. Just like a build (it is M9) it should freeze features and enter bugfixing that day, probably August 1 or near before beta release.

In Netscape were wise, they would use this release in anyway code-wise to help developers into 5.0. I cannot say what it has done, but it leaps up now instead of struggling to its feet.

#29 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by SomeSmartAss

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 7:03 AM

<ANSWER TOPIC="off" REFRENCE="Random Static"> EXPERTISE="poor">Yes, the UI(XUL) is dependant on local, trusted (assuming you trust the maker of the XUL skin your running), digitally signed javascript. There should be an option to turn off JavaScript on pages from the web. </ANSWER>

#30 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by SomeSmartAss

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 7:27 AM Official word from Netscape on the release. Should only be another month or so before they hook it into SmartUpdate....

#31 Re: Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Puka

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 7:35 AM

SomeSmartAss = Danny Arielb = Mark Anderson Puka = Jason

#32 Who, pray tell, would "Danny" be?

by SomeSmartAss

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 7:46 AM


___ Mr. Puka (or can I call you Jason?) I think you have me mistaken for some other smart ass (there's quite a few of us... we even have a Coat of Arms you know)

#33 Value Added

by eMonk

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 9:34 AM

Notice that this time around, the AIM didnt install itself to your startup folder in Windows and run itself on each reboot. Now *that* was annoying.

#34 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by arielb

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 11:03 AM

who is mark anderson?

#35 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by SomeSmartAss

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 11:25 AM

Not sure if you're also a Smart Ass or not there Arial (haven't seen you at the "family gatherings"). The actual person I beleive is being reffered to is Marc (with a "c") AndREESEn (not "Anderson"). At least that's the spelling I got from

(I think we've strayed WAAAAY off topic though)

#36 now THIS is interesting....

by SomeSmartAss

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 12:28 PM

was playing around and found some interesting things in the about: page.

a)where the Sun Java Compatible Logo Used to be I found :

<!-- Temporary until we are back in compliance -->


<TD VALIGN=TOP><FONT SIZE=-1> Powered by <A HREF= >Java</A></FONT><SUP><FONT SIZE=-2>TM</FONT></SUP><FONT SIZE=-1> technology from <A HREF= >Sun Microsystems, Inc</A>.<BR> Copyright &copy; 1992-1997 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.<BR>

Java is a trademark or registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc in the United States and other countries. </FONT>


[edited slightly, for readability]

the logo still ships as part of the internal image cashe (try about:javalogo in the location bar)

b) it also seems to be missing the Quicktime logo, but that apears to be an error in HTML, not a compliency issue

Hmmm, two steps forward.. (MAAN I'm I bored at work today or what!)

#37 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Martin Willemoes Hansen

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 1:15 PM

It is great!!! It initiates a lot faster than 4.5.1 and it works great! Keep up the good work!

#38 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Nate

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 2:06 PM

Netscape has to keep releasing improvements to the old code because there still is no viable release from Mozilla. How long has it been? it better have wings and come with a hyperdrive for the amount of time they've spent on it,

#39 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by blov.

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 6:17 PM

Somesmartass, Communicator hasn't been displaying the java logo in the about: page for several editions, since at least v. 4.50.

#40 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by OLEVariant

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 7:03 PM

Netscape nullified the Java Compatibility logo about two months after Sun Microsystems launched it's lawsuit against Microsoft.

Technically speaking, Netscape should have been on the list of defendants as well.

The Java logo, however, does still exist in the resdll.dll file.

#41 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by OLEVariant

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 7:04 PM

Since late November of 1997...

#42 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by FrodoB

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 10:53 PM

Uh, Puka, arielb definitely is not Mark Anderson, because I am. I'm assuming Puka = Alfonzo = Bruce Jensen, but we know what happens when we assume.

#43 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by OLEVariant

Tuesday May 18th, 1999 11:12 PM

Keep me out of this...

Alfonzo = OLEVariant = Bruce Jensen

#44 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by henrik

Wednesday May 19th, 1999 4:49 AM

when will the smartupdate version be ready??????????

#45 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Brad Robinson

Wednesday May 19th, 1999 4:22 PM

Anybody know if the JAR at works? If not, why's it there?

BTW, I believe that you have to be actually displaying the Java Logo on the box or somewhere in the software (by default, not by the user typing in an URL) to violate the agreement.

#46 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by OLEVariant

Wednesday May 19th, 1999 7:24 PM

The Java Logo was displayed in Communicator and then disabled about two months after Sun sued Microsoft for the same thing!

#47 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by tom a

Wednesday May 19th, 1999 7:34 PM

I noticed it's a lot cleaner & quicker. It's a good improvement while we wait for the Moz5.0. I think what 4.6 does today and what Mozilla is working for tomorrow are quite commendable. I would hate to see anybody get discouraged by the flamers about code being crap- if you can do better then do it, if not then shut your mouth. I can't do better, so I'm glad that there are people that can.

#48 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by alistair

Thursday May 20th, 1999 3:58 AM

The what's related menu has now been improved, offering information about the site, such as it's rank (e.g. Top 50 sites on the Internet) , the number of pages on the site and the number of links to the site on the Internet.

The menu also allows you to search matching open directory entries, somthing I hadn't used until now but was very impressed with in my last 2 days of using the new browser.

These improvements alone make the upgade worth it for me, although I would have preferred smart upgrade.

#49 To: Yusef (and others)

by rjstanford

Thursday May 20th, 1999 2:09 PM

Just one question as a full-time developer... what makes you think that adding coders that aren't familiar with the Mozilla codebase would be a good thing? This late in the project, it could only make things late. Well, that's not entirely true -- it could make them crash as well.

#50 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by SomeSmartAss

Friday May 21st, 1999 9:03 AM

I don't Know if people will see this, since it's now on the "side Bar" of old news Items... but 4.6 is now Smart-Updatable!

#51 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by VENICE 13

Friday May 21st, 1999 3:17 PM


#52 Re:Communicator 4.6 is Out

by Anonymous Coward

Friday May 21st, 1999 8:36 PM

1: If you don't want news, email and all the other "Communicator" features, DON'T install "Communicator" - install "Navigator Standalone" instead. I'm happily running Netscape Navigator 4.6 (not Communicator), glibc2.0 version for Linux 2.0.x - no problems.

2: Want 128-bit encryption but don't live in the U.S. or Canda? Then why aren't you fortifying your browser?

Adds 128-bit U.S. domestic encryption to the export versions of Netscape (up to 4.6, Unix, Windows and MacOS). Where have you folks been all these years?!