Major Gecko Announcement!
Monday March 20th, 2000
Dave Hodder writes, "Yahoo has an article on Netscape 6, headed 'Netscape's Revolutionary Gecko Browser Technologies Adopted by IBM, Intel, Liberate, NetObjects, Nokia, Red Hat, and Sun Microsystems'. It also mentions Gecko, XUL and AOL TV."
Most of the names on the list shouldn't be a surprise to most Mozilla followers. MozillaZine announced the Nokia/Intel Internet appliance months ago, and there are well known developers from RedHat, Sun, and IBM making major contributions to the codebase.
Interesting, however, is the quote from Mitchell Kertzman, President and CEO of Liberate Technologies. Mitchell states, "Netscape Gecko fits well as a key component of our software, helping us create a better interactive TV experience and resulting in greater success for AOL TV and other partners using the Liberate platform". It looks like Mozilla's reach is going beyond the desktop, beyond the "Internet Appliance" and into the set-top arena.
#1 But suddenly, Netscape 6 by mid April?
Monday March 20th, 2000 12:41 PM
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That's what surprised me. Here's a quote from the CNet story: <http://dailynews.yahoo.co…00320/tc/20000320145.html>
Netscape Communications today said it will release a test version of a long overdue Web browser update within the next 25 days as the company battles to regain market share lost to Microsoft.
That puts it at about April 14th. Didn't we just see a post about Netscape's beta of their branded Mozill by mid May a while back? It looks like either someone misspoke, or Netscape is really putting some steam into development.
Frankly, I think this is best for Netscape, to put out Communicator 5/6/whatever as soon as possible. As much as I'm behind Mozilla, I'm still behind Netscape just as much, even after the AOL purchase.
Another question though, about the NPL/MPL. CNet's article says:
AOL plans to let others license Netscape 6 to create their own branded browsers.
Does this mean for free or payment based licensing?