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.

#9 Re:Communicator 4.61 Out

by Blackhand

Wednesday June 16th, 1999 1:40 PM

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Ok, so I got off on a little bit of a rant.

The other thing to remember is when Netscape was developing Netscape 4.5 is that Seamonkey was being prepared for Netscape 6.0, not 5.0. Even after Mozilla changed over to Seamonkey Netscape hadn't decided if they were going to follow.

As for being able to ship a product fast that was stable. I think Zawinski is forgetting how much more complex web browsers have to be to support all the features. A program that supports more features takes longer to create stabily. Also Netscape probably made the same mistake just about every other company makes. We have twice the features, we'll just hire twice the number of programmers.

Unfortunatly programming doesn't work that way. Actually, if you have to many programmers working on one project then it will take longer to build and won't be as stable a product.

Let us take Linux for example. How many people are actually working on the kernel. The simple answer is 1. Linus keeps tight control over it for a reason. Now many moduals are build around the core by many people, but those are small groups working on pieces.

This is the way Mozilla is developing and I think is a good thing. Yes, many people work on the modual, but if you really look at it, there's only really 1 person that integrates the changes in to the program its self.

This results in features taking a little more time in getting in the code, but its more likely they work when they do.

Thats why I see great hope in Netscape 5.0, and don't have a problem with them working on the old code base.

*Now what was it I was talking about? :o)*