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




msg:585803
 3:36 am on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Howdy,
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 :)

 

bobriggs




msg:585804
 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:

[wp.netscape.com...]

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.

dcheney




msg:585805
 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.

ftp://ftp.netscape.com/pub/communicator/english/4.8/

SmallTime




msg:585806
 4:41 am on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Must be for the antique browser buffs.

bobriggs




msg:585807
 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?

keyplyr




msg:585808
 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."

tedster




msg:585809
 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.

bird




msg:585810
 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... ;)

bobriggs




msg:585811
 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.

[added]
here's the link where it can be downloaded, just in case anyone really wants it:
ftp://ftp.netscape.com/pub/communicator/english/4.8/windows/windows95_or_nt/complete_install/cc32d48.exe

win32 platform.

Frank_Rizzo




msg:585812
 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.

tedster




msg:585813
 2:41 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Where is that download available?

bobriggs




msg:585814
 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.

Brett_Tabke




msg:585815
 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.

bobriggs




msg:585816
 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.

Grumpus




msg:585817
 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.

G.

Brett_Tabke




msg:585818
 6:50 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Is there a change log any where?

Pushycat




msg:585819
 7:26 pm on Aug 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

[wp.netscape.com...]

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

Robert




msg:585820
 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.

bobriggs




msg:585821
 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?

thiefware




msg:585822
 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.

The_Warden




msg:585823
 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.

bobriggs




msg:585824
 12:47 am on Aug 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

Release notes:
[wp.netscape.com...]

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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