Chris Jones CN/DCI
Raul Ramos (UNIX)
David Foster (NICE)
Frank Ovett (MACs)
In response to requests from many users, including CERNSP users who are unable to run Java applications with Navigator 2, we are making available Netscape version 3 simultaneously on all platforms (UNIX, NICE and Macintoshes) for testing. The default version will remain, for the time being, Netscape 2.
As it is known that Netscape 3 uses of the order of 50% more resources (CPU and memory) - although the difference is much smaller if people use several plug-ins - we would appreciate hearing from users who have difficulties to run this version. This information could be passed to your "Divisional Representative for the Desktop Forum" (see list below), where the issue of the default Navigator version will be discussed.
|Paul Faugeras||AC||Paul Heymans||EST||Manfred Hoefert||TIS|
|Paolo Ciriani||ST||Frank Ovett||AS||Ken Peach||PPE|
|Michel Rabany (secretary)||LHC||Hartmut Wahl||SL||Dorothee Duret||PE|
|Carmelo Saitta||FI||Brian Allardyce||PS||Helmut Wendler||ECP|
|Paolo Nason & Wolfgang Lerche||TH||Chris Jones||CN||Mike Price||PPE|
As a final general remark on this matter, Netscape hopes to release version 4 for beta testing before the end of 1996, and to provide a full release arround Easter. This version will probably contain an IMAP4 client to work with the Mail Server.
netscape -version beta". New features of this version can be reached from the "
Help | Release Notes" menu option.
Please note that this is not the official version of Navigator deployed at
CERN, which is 2.02. This will be updated as soon as a deployment policy
is defined. For regular usage, you should use the default version (by
simply typing "
When running Netscape Navigator you may encounter one of the following problems:
Options|Show java Console" menu option). When you select the option nothing happens.
First check that in the "
Option|Network Preferences|Languages" menu option
you have Java enabled. If this is correct, execute the following command:
xset -qthis will show you some properties of your X server. At the end of the information you'll find a comma-separated list of paths labelled "Font Path". If you find in the list something like tcp/xtsoft1:7100 or tcp/xtsoft2:7100 or anything similar we may be able to solve the problem. Just type:
xset -fp tcp/xtsoft1:7100or (in place of tcp/xtsoft1:7100) whatever you found in the "Font Path" section similar to it.
Now, you should be able to run java within Netscape Navigator 3.0x. What you've done is basically to remove such a font path from your X server, which is confusing Netscape Navigator somehow.
If you have any problem running any other application, or you want to set the path back just type:
xset +fp tcp/xtsoft1:7100Please take note that this is a temporary solution to a problem found at CERN on non-supported versions of Netscape Navigator, and it is intented as an interim patch and not as an official recipe.
Finally, as always, we encourage you to check the URL:
Miguel Marquina, Raul Ramos
NICE currently has Netscape 2 installed as the production browser. In synchronization with the UNIX versions, Netscape 3 has also been made available in "test" mode.
You may find two "shortcuts" called
"Netscape Navigator 3 (tests only)"
"Netscape Navigator 3 Gold (tests only)"
"World Wide Web" subgroup
"More Applications" group.
Netscape 3 is installed with a wide range of plug-ins, supporting many of the "active" Web sites including VRML.
Netscape Navigator version 3 has been made available for testing on the same server volume as version 2, namely SRV0_NICE/MACPGM. Version 2 remains available as the default version.