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Netscape 8.1.2 released

Postby J-M » Wed 27 Sep, 2006 4:23 pm

Netscape Browser version 8.1.2 has been released recently. More details and download link is available at this page:
http://browser.netscape.com/ns8/download/default.jsp

Release Notes document points to version 8.1 at time of writing this.

Download link of full installer :win: :
http://ftp.netscape.com/pub/netscape8/e ... -8-1-2.exe

Edit: Changes post mode to sticky, Antony 5 Oct 2006
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Postby Fulvio » Wed 27 Sep, 2006 5:22 pm

Be careful to look at every line of the installation screen. There is a Quick Launch checked, which you may not want to use.
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Postby J-M » Wed 27 Sep, 2006 5:52 pm

Netscape 8.1.2 is based to Gecko version 1.7.5:

...en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20060912 Netscape/8.1.2
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Postby Pu7o » Wed 27 Sep, 2006 6:20 pm

Somewhat interesting that it still uses a Gecko version from two years ago, but whatever. As Antony would say, 2 years ago is fine, you don't need the latest of everything. :P
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Postby J-M » Wed 27 Sep, 2006 6:24 pm

This Gecko rv: information is really interesting, previous NS8 thread is worth of checking too:
http://sillydog.org/forum/sdt_12131.php
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Postby DJGM » Wed 27 Sep, 2006 6:25 pm

So, even though it's a new release, it's still technically obsolete. Best to stick with SeaMonkey and/or Firefox methinks.
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Postby Pu7o » Wed 27 Sep, 2006 6:29 pm

J-M wrote:This Gecko rv: information is really interesting, previous NS8 thread is worth of checking too:
http://sillydog.org/forum/sdt_12131.php

You're linking to this very thread, lol.

By the way... 8.1.2 was released... but we never had an 8.1.1, did we?
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Postby J-M » Thu 28 Sep, 2006 4:57 pm

Ooops, wrong URL from the clipboard... :o

Netscape 8.1 and the following URL...
http://sillydog.org/forum/sdt_10725.php
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Postby J-M » Thu 28 Sep, 2006 5:51 pm

It appears that they don't even upgraded Flash to version 8.0.24 or newer. :shock:

After checking the state of about:plugins:

MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
* Mozilla Default Plug-in * No
Shockwave Flash

File name: NPSWF32.dll
Shockwave Flash 8.0 r22


More information about the upatched security issue is available at
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/17106/references

Adobe has an update available, however.
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Postby Antony » Thu 28 Sep, 2006 11:56 pm

Mr. Jay Garcia said in Netscape's Message Board was only a bug fix and security update. No new features.

Mr. Jay Garcia wrote:This is a bug fix and security update release ONLY, no feature enhancements at this time. You can get it HERE from the Netscape FTP site. There are two downloads, the "whole thing" or the stub installer (Internet Install). One little side note: If you choose to download the full package you'll note in the initial install screen the Quick Launch checkbox. Will post release notes when available as to what's fixed and patched.
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Postby Fulvio » Fri 29 Sep, 2006 1:25 pm

Whatever 8.1.2 is, it still has some of the old bugs. Uninstalling 8.1, removed the profile, although I had kept the same profile through 15 uninstall/reinstalls. I was never for a confirmation. Beside that rocky start, the installation appeared to have been clean. I had no trouble getting back to square one.
Still, moving around bookmarks is not easy. It won't take the 30 sec or longer of 8.1, but it still takes five to six seconds to complete a drag and drop. Old bookmarks seem to be deleted instantly.
and, the same 36 yrs. old definition, i.e. no protection, appear for spyware and ID Theft. However, Full Scans work, and sometimes during the scan, protected is indicated. Nothing new.
So far, in three attempts, it did not lock up, although in the second try, it brought up the profile manager. I have only one profile. The other two times, it started normally, but no ball of fire without Quick Launch.
As for resources, with Spyware scan going it was using a moderate 75 MBs. Previously, I rarely was under 100, and I am using two tabs now, up from the single homepage.
The single extra theme, which worked in 8.1, did not work in 8.1.2. Only one of the extentions which was compatible in 8.1, where in 8.1.2, i.e. forecastfox. Roboform and Mr Tech Install were not compatible.
And, as a final touch, I just tried to start 8.1.2, and, it froze on loading. May be Quick Launch is needed, after all. This is NS8.x last chance.
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Postby J-M » Sat 30 Sep, 2006 8:03 am

Antony wrote:Mr. Jay Garcia said in Netscape's Message Board was only a bug fix and security update. No new features.


But how can he (and they) say that it is a security update when it's based to remerkable old Gecko version 1.7.5.
:? :?
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Postby J-M » Sat 30 Sep, 2006 8:16 am

When researching the Flash issue again it appears that the file
C:\Program Files\Netscape\Netscape Browser\Flash-NS.exe

has the following timestamp:
Code: Select all
6th January, 2006 22:35:16


Description:
Code: Select all
Macromedia Flash Player 8.0 Installer


File version information:
Code: Select all
8.0.22.0


I.e. they shipped Netscape 8.1.2 with old, vulnerable version of Flash Player plugin.
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Postby Antony » Sat 30 Sep, 2006 8:29 am

Thanks for pointing out. I've updated the information in http://moz.sillydog.org/archives/netscape_812.php .
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Postby J-M » Sat 30 Sep, 2006 9:06 am

Thanks for sharing these facts.
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