|Google's Homepage on March 12th, 2014|
I decided to install Netscape Navigator to see how it stands up against the modern web. This is running on Linux Mint 16, a derivative of the popular Ubuntu. Needless to say, the results are not great. Thanks to the concept of graceful-degradation though, most of the content is still highly-usable despite being arranged a little oddly.
|http://www.theresistornetwork.com in Netscape Navigator on Linux Mint 16|
The Resistor Network
|Netscape Settings Window|
|Huge Navigation Menu!|
I frequent r/programming and r/linux on Reddit. I decided to see how well it would fare when placed in the hands of a decade old web-browser.
|r/linux vs. Netscape|
Reddit did not do so well in this case. Unfortunately, they put all of their navigation panes at the top of the page. This causes the actual content to start somewhere around 40% of the way down the page.
|Reddit Stories in Netscape|
The Google homepage leaves a little something to be desired. I was expecting an "Upgrade to Chrome" notice.
|Google Homepage in Netscape|
The search results page looks absolutely fantastic. This brought back some fond memories.
|Google Search Results in Netscape|
I decided to give LWN a try. They have a fairly "minimalist" layout that I thought might do rather well in this old browser. I think it actually did pretty well, despite a couple of minor issues.
|LWN vs. Netscape|
Hack a Day
I have been reading Hack a Day for a number of years. Their homepage did rather well in the face of antiquity.
|Hack a Day vs. Netscape|
The "About Netscape" page was particularly interesting. It reminded me of when Java was a product of Sun Microsystems and when Flash Player was a product of Macromedia.
This was a fun way to spend an hour. Checking out insignificant portion of the web using an ancient web browser is something any web developer should do at least once.
Thanks for reading!