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The Daily Whim

Fri. Jun 15, 2001

Not Quite Dead Yet

Dammit, Jim, I’m a Doctor, not a Browser Coroner – Some wise guy recently said ”There will be no Netscape 6.02. It’s as good/bad as it’s ever gonna get.”


Just days after proclaiming they were no longer a browser company, Netscape releases version 6.1, Preview Release 1. Perversely, now that they’re no longer in the browser business, they’ve released a stable product. I installed it last night (yes, I’m mostly masochist), and I, he of much Netscape whining, have to say I’m impressed.

It never crashed my system. It never crashed itself. It did not eat 50 MB of RAM and a minute of my time when opened. It displayed my pages, both HTML and CSS, (mostly) the way I expected. I could not say any of those things about PR1, PR2, 6.0, or 6.01.

To be sure, there are still a few bugs. Installing it still corrupts my ability to launch URL’s from e-mail, shortcuts, or Usenet with my default browser (fix: Control Panel – Add/Remove Programs – Microsoft Internet Explorer – Add/Remove – Repair Internet Explorer). It refuses to spread a pop up window across my dual monitor display. It still has some CSS oddities, like the ”hover” attribute (although that may be pilot error/misunderstanding). And it still plops a ”500 Free AOL Hours” icon on my desktop.

But it’s lasted 24 hours on my system without being uninstalled in a fit of digital disgust. That’s a Landmark Release.

Peanut Gallery

1  mas wrote:

Amen! This is Netscape's proudest moment since the day they released 3.0 a million years ago. NN 6.1 is a solid browser that every NN 4.x user should consider upgrading to.

Comment by mas · 06/16/2001 10:39 AM
2  PhotoDude wrote:

I think Netscape 6.1 PR1 is what Netscape 6.0 PR1 should have been. 6.0 PR1 through 6.01 felt like alpha software, with no memory optimization and clearly missing features. This one feels like a beta ... minor glitches, memory optimized, and stable. I'd feel comfortable recommending the finished version of 6.1 to anyone.

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