Linux Step By Steps
From: Marianne Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
tested on Col 2.3 on both kernel 2.2.10 and 2.2.14 generic kernel upgrade
Although this document was written with NS 4.72 in mind, the process has changed little since and this will still apply with the exception of some version number changes.
1) Download the desired file from
I chose Netscape 4.72 with 128 bit encryption. Glibc 2.0 version is appropriate for COL 2.3
2) Untar it with the following:
tar xvf communicator-v472-us.x86-unknown-linuxglibc2.0.tar
Note: the name of your file may vary
3) Switch to the newly created directory - one level below
your download directory and run the install program by
tell it where you want it - in my case I installed it to /opt/netscape2 in order not to clobber my previous version
4) Switch to installation directory and run program by
In my case netscape complained that it needed libstdc++.so.2.8
5) I downloaded the file libstdc++.so.2.8.0-14.i386.rpm from http://rpmfind.net and installed it with kpackage (check dependencies,upgrade and replace files selected) command line rpm wouldn't work. Didn't clobber libstdc++so.2.9 as I feared it might
6) Switch to directory /usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/
and rename the netscape file there to oldnetscape then copy the
file netscape.ad in the installation directory to the above
directory and rename this file netscape.
ie) cp /opt/<install dir>/netscape.ad \ /usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/netscape
7) Switch to installation directory and type: ./netscape and if your really lucky like me - presto it works.
I have both Netscape 4.72 and 4.61 working on my system at the moment.