Netscape Browser 8.1 released

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Netscape Browser 8.1 released

Postby Joji » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 10:53 am

Netscape Communications released Netscape 8.1 today. Netscape 8.1 features new Spyware & Adware Protection and improved Security Center, Real-Time Feeds (RSS) and Profile control.

    What's new in this version?
  • Anti-Spyware Protection
  • Dynamic Security Center
  • Profile Manager
  • Enhanced RSS support
  • New Options panel
  • Undo tab close
  • Tabbed browsing enhancements
  • UI enhancements
  • Performance improvements


Net isntaller:
:dl: http://browser.netscape.com/ns8/download/default.jsp

Full installer (18M):
:dl: http://ftp.netscape.com/pub/netscape8/e ... ll-8-1.exe

Or download it from Netscape Browser Archive, Netscape 8 section.

release notes

Enjoy!
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; ja; rv:1.8) Gecko/20051111 Firefox/1.5
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Postby Antony » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 11:41 am

Thanks Joji for informing us. I edited your post to make it more suitable for announcement.

Screenshot of Netscape 8.1 features the new Security Center.
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screenshot of the Security Centre panel:
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It is also interesting to note that the Windows NT 4 is no longer the supported platform.

Can someone tell me which version of Firefox is Netscape 8.1 based on?
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Re: Netscape Browser 8.1 released

Postby Joji » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 11:41 am

UserAgent :
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20060111 Netscape/8.1

Based on Firefox 1.0.x, I guess.
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20060111 Netscape/8.1
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Re: Netscape Browser 8.1 released

Postby Antony » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 11:49 am

Joji wrote:UserAgent :
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20060111 Netscape/8.1

Based on Firefox 1.0.x, I guess.
I am guessing it's based on a nightly version of Firefox 1.5, since [tt]Gecko/20060111[/tt].
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Re: Netscape Browser 8.1 released

Postby Joji » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 12:11 pm

Antony wrote:I am guessing it's based on a nightly version of Firefox 1.5, since [tt]Gecko/20060111[/tt].

My guess is based on rv:1.7.5 (I edited my post above to emphasize) where Firefox 1.5 is rv:1.8.
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Postby Antony » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 12:11 pm

The Options (under Tools menu) have improved, and I feel it's a bit faster in responding then previous version.

(note: I am running this under Virtual PC for Mac.)
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Postby James » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 12:19 pm

I agree, Antony. It "seems" faster in rendering pages and I love the sleek look and feel of this thing.

I'm curious about the spyware engine. I just ran a full scan (took about ten minutes) and came up clean. Does anyone know which spyware engine they are using or is it their own development (surely not)?
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Postby Antony » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 12:42 pm

James wrote:I'm curious about the spyware engine. I just ran a full scan (took about ten minutes) and came up clean. Does anyone know which spyware engine they are using or is it their own development (surely not)?
I have no idea, but file size for Netscape 8.1 is 18.3MB, and it was 13.6MB for Netscape 8.0.4, a 3.7MB increase.

This is something new to me:
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The ad-blocking blocks Netscape.com's own website. I thought Netscape.com (and AOL) were in the allowed lists back in Netscape 7.x.
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Re: Netscape Browser 8.1 released

Postby beanboy89 » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 2:09 pm

Antony wrote:
Joji wrote:UserAgent :
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20060111 Netscape/8.1

Based on Firefox 1.0.x, I guess.
I am guessing it's based on a nightly version of Firefox 1.5, since [tt]Gecko/20060111[/tt].

The [tt]Gecko/[/tt] string in the UA has nothing to with the Gecko Revision. The "Gecko/2006011" string in Netscape browser 8.1, or any other Gecko-based browser for that matter, is simply the date that version was compiled on. The "rv:1.7.5" part of the UA tells the Gecko revision. But in Netscape 8.x's case, the "rv:" only likely measures page rendering capability, as it's very likely that the group in charge of maintaining Netscape Browser has applied Mozilla security updates up to that of the Mozilla 1.7.12/Firefox 1.0.7 release.
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Postby J-M » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 2:21 pm

Security Alerts page at

http://browser.netscape.com/ns8/security/alerts.jsp

hasn't been updated yet.

(But we haven't even new MFSAs related to FF1.5 available). For some reasons Mozilla Foundation didn't released them after Firefox 1.5 release.
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Postby orizng » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 3:53 pm

my observation:
1. its still based on Fx 1.0.x core
2. it can utilize whatever desktop search software u have, (in my case, copernic)
3. passcard button now is not independant anymore, it is part of "security center button group", which means u can not put it on toolbar alone while avoiding the ugly, big, security center button (especially under fusion theme)
4. in fusion theme, the color of tabbar is not compatible with the color of the toolbar and tabs, they changed the color of tabs and toolbar to blue-gray, while tabbar has the same old blue. which makes it extremely weird.
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Postby J-M » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 5:29 pm

Information to admins:

It's time to update the SD701 Message Centre Main Page text 'Download Netscape Browser 8.0.4' to 'Download Netscape Browser 8.1' :wink:

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Postby J-M » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 5:33 pm

One of the fixed security issue is History.dat issue from December discussed at
http://sillydog.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10371 thread.

I have just confirmed that NS8.1 fixes this issue.
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No more Modern Modoki?

Postby richard mitnick » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 7:17 pm

I hope that Modern Modoki will become available. It was what I was using, the Win 32 version (1.16?) so that I did not have the "Throbber" in the upper left.
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Postby Antony » Wed 25 Jan, 2006 8:10 pm

Thanks for explaining the UserAgent bit, Billy.

Juha-Matti,
It is now “:dl: download Netscape 8.1â€
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