Netscape 0.96 beta (Windows)
Netscape 0.96 (PUBLIC beta version) is free for your personal use,
subject to the terms detailed in the license agreement accompanying it.
Subject to the timing and results of this beta cycle, Netscape Communications
will release Netscape 1.0, also available free for personal use via the
Internet. It will be subject to license terms; please review them when and
if you obtain Netscape 1.0.
A commercial version of Netscape 1.0, including technical support
from Netscape Communications, will be available upon completion of the
Contact us at [email protected]
for purchase details.
IMPORTANT! Before going any further, please
read and accept the terms in the file LICENSE.
Release notes for this version of Netscape are available online. After
starting the program, select "Version Information" from the "Help" menu.
This will take you to the URL
which lists new features and known problems of this release.
To submit bugs or other feedback, use the "How To Give Feedback" option, also
in the "Help" menu, which will take you to the URL
If for some reason you cannot submit feedback using that form, you may send
email to [email protected]
Please be as specific as possible about the
version of Netscape you are using, your hardware configuration, and your
operating system (including version). If possible, include a test case
for the problem, including a URL.
By default, Netscape expects to live in the directory c:\netscape.
The easiest way to install Netscape is to copy the self extracting
executable (ns16-093.exe) to a temporary directory. Then using either
the File Manager or from a DOS prompt extract the setup files by
running the self extracting executable. The last step is to run the
Windows Setup program "setup.exe" from the temporary directory.
The Netscape Setup program will install Netscape in a directory of
your choice (default of c:\netscape), add a Netscape section to your
WIN.INI file, and create a Program Manager group and item.
If you don't use the Netscape Setup program and you install Netscape
in a directory other than c:\netscape you should update the following
fields in your NETSCAPE.INI file (the Netscape Setup program handles
If Netscape cannot write these files (for example, if the directory
doesn't exist) Netscape will still run; however, global history and
bookmarks will not be saved between sessions.
No matter where you install Netscape, you should make a subdirectory
named "cache" or disk caching will be disabled (the Netscape Setup
program will automatically do this for you). By default, Netscape tries
to use the directory c:\netscape\cache as its disk cache directory.
The default disk cache size is 5Meg. Right now, both attributes can
only be changed by editing the INI file.
* Initialization File
The zip file for Netscape contains the initialization file netscape.ini,
which has entries for all of the values you can customize for Netscape.
If you have never used any other versions of Netscape before, you should
run the setup program.
* Please read the release notes under "Help -> Version Information".
* Yes, this is Mozilla.