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Netscape 4.8
apparently NS 4.x isn't dead yet

 3:36 am on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Just saw a couple of notes about the release of Netscape 4.8 - no indications yet of what changed. I'm assuming its probably just bugs fixes.
(yet another version I have to install and test with :)



 3:47 am on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Oh no! Well, I'm curious where you heard this. Evidently there are no downloads available on the NS site:


All I see is 4.79.

Still don't know why they still offer the download. I think they should push a 6.xx browser.


 4:10 am on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Its available on their ftp site - typically takes a couple of days from there to appear on the web site and for release notes to be available.



 4:41 am on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Must be for the antique browser buffs.


 4:45 am on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Surprised that they even use any energy to support that stuff any more. Gotta be a waste of programming effort. Any release notes on the FTP site as to what's being fixed?


 10:36 am on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

> Surprised that they even use any energy to support that stuff any more

Yeah, NS who shut down their support for the 'hitometer' website stats due to "limited resources."


 12:25 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

This is extremely curious. So far it's an empty folder (well, it's a 550 denied file) created on 8/15/02

It makes no sense to me right now, that's for sure.

Thing is, 4.8 would be a Communicator number, not a stand alone browser. Maybe it's a fix for those who still love the mail client? Even that would be hard to believe.


 1:22 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Why should they stop fixing bugs? They have stopped adding features long ago. I also wouldn't get too excited about the 4.8 version number. My guess is that they named it that way simply because they ran out of 4.7x numbers for the bugfixes... ;)


 1:36 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Some people do have it. Point your newsgroup to secnews.netscape.com and you'll see some posts about it, for example in netscape.public.general.

I agree with you bird. Probably bug fixes. And I'm guessing there are a lot of intranets around that they have to keep supporting.

here's the link where it can be downloaded, just in case anyone really wants it:

win32 platform.


 2:09 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hey, I love Netscape 4.X

I dont get no hassle from sites with nimda and sircam type viruses. I dont get simialr viruses using the mail client.

Ok, it dont look pretty in some places but its quick, cheep n cheerful. Best of all - it aint Micro$haft.

I just installed 4.8. Cant see no difference.


 2:41 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Where is that download available?


 2:42 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

type or copy/paste that link I posted into your browser. You can't get there by drilling from the top down in an ftp client.


 2:48 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Screwed up ftp server. I couldn't get it with netscape, opera, leech, or wsftp. I finally fired up IE and downloaded it.


 2:55 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

If I copy/paste from opera, I get a %20 or space character where the line breaks. Remove that space and opera will download it.


 6:49 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm sure they're supporting it still for the simple fact that NS 6 and above are real pigs and if you've got an older machine, you need 4.X just to make it go.



 6:50 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Is there a change log any where?


 7:26 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)


This doesn't seem to include 4.8 but it's got all the others so perhaps 4.8 will show up soon.


 5:05 am on Aug 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

NS 6 and MSN 6 come complete with spyware, I'll stick with a version MSN 5 and NS 4, plus the viruses don't get out of the NS mail reader into your computer.


 5:43 am on Aug 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hey Robert,

I'm using Mozilla 1, not NS6. I'm curious about the spyware on NS6. I have a couple of clients that are using it. What is it?

And, same spyware on Moz 1?


 1:20 am on Aug 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

What spyware comes with NS6 and IE6? Never heard of that. I know IE can download various spyware/thiefware behind your back if ActiveX settings are not set to notify you before download.

The interesting thing is some people consider various actions/software to be spyware when in fact they are not.


 3:49 pm on Aug 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've been following Mozilla and Netscape 6+ since they started boosting about the new Gecko engine. I've never heard anything about sypware. Is there any evidence to prove this clam?

I would imagine if someone ran Adaware on a system with NS6 it would pick up any common spyware. Normally I would be shocked if Netscape Communications would put spyware in but since they are now owned by AOL it wouldn't surprise me.


 12:47 am on Aug 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

Release notes:

I don't see any html or dom related issues as far as the browser is concerned. (other than a caching problem)

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