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Re: [SuSE Linux] To hell with Netscape
- From: dwj@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Dwight Johnson)
- Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 12:47:57 -0700 (PDT)
- Message-id: <Pine.LNX.3.96.990404123115.355L-100000@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Rachel Greenham wrote:
> > It's just crashed on me once too often while I was writing an
> > email. This is 4.5 as comes with SuSE 6 by the way and is probably
> > the least reliable piece of "production" software I have ever
> > used. I'm almost tempted to use Outlook out of spite, but it
> > really would be spite as I have a perfectly good email client here
> > on my Acorn and I don't know why I ever stopped using it.
Netscape is indeed full of bugs and it is the only application that
ever crashes X on my SuSE 5.2 based workstation. I usually find it
advisable to just kill Netscape every few days and restart it fresh.
Even with this precaution, however, it is important to just stay away
from the most serious Netscape problems.
One of these is trying to use a browser window previously opened in
one virtual screen in a different virtual screen. If you use Netscape
for several different tasks at once, this seems like a plausible way
to keep your work better organized. Stay away from it!
A much better way to go is to open a fresh copy of Netscape in the new
virtual screen and say 'OK' when the dialog box opens informing you
that you will not be able to write update to disk because there is
another Netscape open. This is a reasonably stable way to go and it is
pretty easy to work around the limitation of not being able to update
your bookmarks, etc. in this iteration of Netscape.
Netscape truly evolved into a piece of buggy bloatware in its race
with MSIE. Netscape 5.0, the first open source mozilla release, should
be a big improvement. They have removed the Java VM and written the
basic engine, Ginko, from scratch. It will be released sometime this
year and is worth waiting for.
Also, Opera for Linux is being developed by Troll Tech. It will cost
money, but for people who live on a browser, it will probably be well
worth it. There needs to be a browser for professionals who know what
they are doing. Both Netscape Communicator and MSIE are written for
people who are seeing a browser for the first time.
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