Communicator 4.61 Out

Tuesday June 15th, 1999

A new Communicator is at the ftp site, with more bugfixes. ZuperDee writes, "For those of you waiting patiently for Communicator 5.0 to be released, Netscape has now released 4.61. It contains some security enhancements, and various bugfixes. You can find it here. Notice that it is now in a different place from where it used to go."

Thanks to ZuperDee and Peter Fabian for the news.

#12 Re:Communicator 4.61 Out

by zuperdee

Thursday June 17th, 1999 12:23 PM

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Actually, there is a VERY good reason why Netscape has not (and should not) put out press releases about these bugfix releases. And it is quite simple: people generally do not want to upgrade their software JUST for the sake of bugfixes. The only time they will ever want to upgrade for bugfixes is if they happen to hit on some of the bugs, or if they are paranoid about security.

And yes, I agree the other reason, which is mainly complementary to this one, is that putting out press releases that often would simply spoil the effect of press releases about the major new releases like 5.0 will be... And believe me, Netscape 5.0 is going to be lightyears ahead of competitors when it comes out, unless Microsoft releases IE 6.0 at that time, which is unlikely... And even supposing they do, I think this will ONLY put them on par with Netscape 5.0. Netscape 5.0 is, IMHO, almost the equivalent of 2 major new releases that have been consolidated into 1, and that is one of the reasons it is taking so long to come out. It will be awesome. Things like FULL HTML 4.0, CSS1, XML, and W3C DOM compliance, plus new Netscape-invented features like chrome and XUL.

Incidently, I was at the XUL Toolkit meeting at Netscape last Monday, and Netscape is hoping that XUL will take off the way JavaScript did. And I predict this is exactly what WILL happen. XUL is another cool technology. And I think it will anger Bill Gates a lot.