Netscape: It’s Baaaack! Kind Of
I just downloaded the preview of the new Netscape browser, based on Firefox 0.9.3. Screenshot:
God damn, but that thing is ugly. (Click the screenshot to see a larger version with the window widened, so you can get a sense for how much violence they’ve done to Firefox’s interface.)
On the up side, it does have a nice “View like Internet Explorer” option in the context menu that reloads the page using the IE engine so that you can see how it looks in that terrible browser (and inherit all its security flaws — fun!).
On the down side… well, there’s pretty much everything else.
The crashing irony, of course, is that Firefox was born specifically as a repudiation of Netscape’s “everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” philosophy (which held back the Mozilla Project for a long time). And now “Netscape” is… Firefox, made ugly. How the wheels of fate turn…