Netscape 6.1 PR 1 Browser-Suite Released
Mike Angelo -- 13 June 2001 (c)
AOL-Time-Warner's Netscape division placed its Netscape 6.1 Preview Release 1 (NS 6.1, PR1) browser-suite upgrade for the Linux, Macintosh, and Microsoft Windows platforms on its FTP servers overnight. Netscape 6.1 could be the make-or-brake, do-or-die, and last gasp Netscape browser offering. (Download links and release notes information further down.)
The four dominant Linux distribution packagers, Caldera, Mandrake, Red Hat, and SuSE rejected Netscape 6.x for their most recent Linux distributions. That pretty much kicks Netscape off the Linux desktop.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer kicked Netscape off the Windows desktop some time ago. Please see our two part series, Is Netscape Losing the Browser Wars? Part I: Linux Could Be Netscape's Last Browser Battlefield and Part II: Why Are Major Linux Distributions Rejecting Netscape 6?
The pressure is on AOL-Time-Warner's Netscape division to win back all the consumers, discouraged loyal Netscape fans, and developers that it has lost since the release of Netscape 6 PR1. It also needs to convince the Linux distribution packagers that Netscape 6.1 is worthy of the Linux desktop.
Will Netscape 6.1 be able to meet that Herculean challenge? You be the judge. Download a copy of Netscape 6.1 PR1 and see for yourself. (Download links further down.)
The initial Netscape 6.0 browser suite was made available for public downloading on 9 November 2000, some seven months ago. Then on 8 February 2001, the Netscape Division placed its Netscape 6.01 browser-suite upgrade on its FTP servers. And now, Netscape 6.1, Preview Release 1 is available for your scrutiny, and hopefully your Web browsing pleasure.
According to the NS 6.1, PR1 edition of the Netscape 6.1 PR1 Release Notes here is what's new in NS 6.1, PR1:
The Netscape 6 browser suite is based upon the cross-platform (XP), open source, Mozilla browser-suite. The current Milestone Mozilla browser-suite release is Mozilla 0.9.1. It was released 7 June 2001.
All told, the Mozilla browser suite upon which Netscape 6.1 is based is a nice browser. And it has come a long way since early February, which is when Netscape 6.01 was released. However, on 9 June 2001, which is when it appears that Netscape 6.1 was branched from the Mozilla development tree, there were some 2800 bugs in Mozilla. That's too many bugs for a commercial product.
For more information about the Mozilla browser-suite and downloading it, please see our recent article Mozilla Milestone 0.9.1 Browser-Suite Released. For updated Mozilla bug counts, please see the right sidebar on the MozillaQuest Magazine front page (mozillaquest.com).
Download Netscape 6.1 Preview Release 1 (a beta)
To download and install the Netscape 6.1 Preview Release 1 browser suite, please see: How To Download, Install, & Configure Netscape 6.0 -- Safely!. However, when you get to page 5 there, here are the updates for version Netscape 6.1, PR1 downloading: (Or just click on the Linux, Windows, or Macintosh links to get started right away.)
netscape-i686-pc-linux-gnu-sea-tar.gz 29957 Kb 6/08/01 8:58 PM Unix Tape Archive
N6SetupB.exe 25493 Kb 6/08/01 8:45 PM Binary Executable
MacNS6FullInstaller.sea.bin 18145 Kb 6/08/01 8:56 PM Binary Executable
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