Re: netscape under MuLinux

From: winsor (
Date: Thu Dec 09 1999 - 00:01:10 CET

I agree with you entirely, and in fact was quite pleased with the
"reintroduction" of quark*grin*
But some other folks like to look at all the sparkling flashies that the
net has to offer.
 I thought it'd be fun to have netscape running under MuLinux(cloned
system)......but wasn't willing to do too much thinking to accomplish
this at that time.
What can I say??? 8^P


] wrote:
> 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:
> "netscape-v301-export.x86-unknown-linux-elf.tar.gz".
> > 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.
> Clive
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