Re: netscape under MuLinux

Date: Wed Dec 08 1999 - 23:31:13 CET wrote:
> A while back I attempted to get a rather old version of netscape running under mulinux
> without much success, maybe this weekend I'll look at it again.

        I am not sure that running netscape within mulinux is compatible with
the aim and spirit of this fine version of linux. Red Hat and SuSE are
far more capable if bloatware is what you are looking for.
        I certainly cannot agree with another contributor to this mailing list
who said :
"The browsers that come with it are very disfunctional and the graphics
are apalling".
Still he admits his naivety so I guess he can be forgiven.
Lynx is a fine browser and has much to commend it, for a stripling Quark
is amazing,
and if you really must have graphics Chimeras rendering of GIF images is
only spoilt by the limitations of the VGA Xserver; it also tolerates the
Pygmy netservers ideosyncrasies much better than Netscape.
        If your mind is made up and you really must run Netscape then try the
version that comes packaged as:

> I'm thinking that a static compilation might just help, although as I remember there
> was some problem loading the color palette as it wanted 256 colors.
> Netscape'll most probably want a few extra library files too.

It works straight out of the box without any extra libraries, although
it does complain about missing fonts this doesn't prevent it running.
However it does not like 16 colours and exits with "bus error" as its
dying words. When given 256 colours to choose from it complains that it
can only allocate 6 colors and does some amazing dithering when
rendering jpegs. For Netscape, happiness is 64k colours. It also needs a
lot of disc space. I would like someone to prove me wrong but running it
from a ram disk appears impossible therefore if anybody else is thinking
of giving Netscape a try I suggest that cloning Mu to the hard disk
should be the first action.


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