Posted by Chris Maunder
Wednesday, March 29, 2000 7:00pm
The first release from Netscape's open due out soon.
The first release from Netscape's open source program is due out April 6. Will this rekindle the browser war, or has IE already won?
The new gecko engine will promise faster rendering, a smaller download, and conformance to W3C's recomendations. But is it too little too late? IE dominates the browser market - some say because Microsoft bundled the browser with Windows, others because it is simply a better browser - but will the average user really care?
In relation to CodeProject.com we'd be interested in hearing your opinions on the new browser - plus, of course, any problems you experience when browsing the site. Using ASP at CodeProject has allowed us to work around a lot of problems with Netscape 4.X. Just view the source of some of the pages when viewed in IE and Netscape and you'll see the results of many frustrating hours tinkering away to get Netscape 4.X to behave.
Personally I'm looking forward to the next release of Netscape, partly becuase of the "new toy" mentality, but mostly in the hope that Netscape have listened to the users and open source developers and produced a solid browser.