Tuesday September 28th, 1999
4.7 is out and available and available for download here. Get it while it's hot.
#23 NS 4.7 still bloatware
Wednesday September 29th, 1999 3:31 PM
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One major problem I have with NS 4.X distributions is that there's a *huge* leap between "Navigator Standalone" (8.8MB binary, no mail/news but, critically, no working mailto: link) and "Complete Install" (16.8MB binary, but way over-bloated with stuff I never use [the HTML editor, the mail and news stuff]). Anyone else noticed that 7MB of extra RAM is used at run-time when you hit your first applet with NS 4.7 ? On multi-user systems (e.g. base machine plus 4 or 5 X terminals), 30MB+ RAM for a browser is completely unacceptable. For that reason, I can never install anything but the Navigator Standalone release.
Are there any plans to have a more granular set of Netscape 5.X releases when it finally comes out ? I'd like to see a Netscape 5.X "Navigator Standalone" that supported the mailto:, but only let you *send* e-mail via a simple composition box a la NS 3.04, but had no mail reading or news facilities in at all.
It would be nice to have a Netscape 5.X with just mail reading/sending and no news (or a pointless HTML editor - a day-to-day browser should *never* come built in with an HTML editor, IMHO - that should be a separately callable app).