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Article Index

Page 1
Introduction &Overview
Sections 1: Rationale
Page 2
Upgrade v. Clean Install
Security & Privacy
Page 3
Security & Privacy
Page 4
Section 2: Tutorial
A: Downloading NS 6
Page 5
Downloading NS 6
Page 6
B: Installing Netscape 6.0
Page 7
Installing Netscape
Page 8
Installing Netscape
Page 9
Installing Netscape
Page 10
Installing Netscape
Page 11
Installing Netscape
Page 12
C: Configuring Preferences
Page 13
Configuring Preferences
Page 14
Configuring Preferences
Page 15
Configuring Preferences
Page 16
Configuring Preferences
Page 17
Configuring Preferences
Page 18
Configuring Preferences
Page 19
Configuring Preferences
Page 20
Wrapping Up & Starting Netscap
Page 21
Resources & Links

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B: Installing Netscape 6.0

If you are using Linux, you first must un-tar the .tar file you downloaded. You can use tar -zxf netscape* to un-tar the tarball file.

The Windows install file is self-executing. We did not run a Mac installation so you are pretty much on your own for a Mac installation. However, it's likely the Mac installation and configuration is similar to the Linux and Windows installation and configuration, so this tutorial might be some help if you are installing Netscape 6.0 on a Macintosh.

The following steps and screen shots are for the Windows installation. The Linux installation is very similar. Where there are major differences between the Linux and Windows procedure, it is so indicated in the step.

There are lots of installation options. The tutorial instructions here apply our installation recommendations. However, please feel free to set options as you like while you are going through this tutorial. After all, it is your installation on your computer. So please consider our instructions merely guidelines.

Installation Step 1:

As discussed above, we strongly recommend that you physically disconnect your computer from the Internet before you start the Netscape 6 installation. If the computer to which you are installing Netscape 6 is directly connected to a modem, that means disconnect the modem from the phone or cable line. If your computer is on a network that is connected to the Internet, disconnect your computer from the network. Please do not reconnect your computer to the modem or network until we let you know when to do that.

(Merely logically disconnecting from the Internet ought to be sufficient. However, these days some programs are able to detect the presence of a physical connection to a modem or LAN and then attempt to use that connection to establish a connection to the Internet or to a remote server. Physically disconnecting from any modems or LANs that might be connected to your computer helps prevent that. Chris Nalls claims that Netscape 6 does not attempt to so establish such a connection.)

Don't forget, since you will be off-line during the installation, you should print this tutorial so you can refer to it while installing Netscape 6.

After you have printed this tutorial and disconnected from the Internet, please go to the directory in which you placed the Netscape 6 installation file that you downloaded in Section A, above. Then double-click, or whatever, to run the file N6Setup.exe. That should start the Netscape 6.0 installation routine.

In Linux, after you un-tar the NS6 tarball, please change to the netscape-installer directory. Then please enter ./netscape-installer to start the installation process.

This brings up a readme file window. Please click the next buttons until you get to the end user agreement where you must click on accept to start the install process. We used the K Desktop Environment (KDE) that comes with Caldera's OpenLinux 2.4 distribution for this NS6 installation. There could be differences from distribution to distribution.

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