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.

#15 Re: But suddenly, Netscape 6 by mid April?

by dveditz

Monday March 20th, 2000 10:07 PM

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You are confusing two topics. Beta 1 is branched, to be shipped in the timeframe mentioned in the article. There was a recent post by Jim Roskind of Netscape saying the feature cut-off date for the NEXT beta is 5/2. After that there is more bugfixing, stability and QA work, maybe 2-4 week's worth.

Hard to know what the article meant by the licensing quote. Of course others can use mozilla source to ship something similar to Netscape 6, based on a license AOL (Netscape) created in the past, the MPL/NP. Or maybe it means AOL will make deals for companies to be able to ship the proprietary bits, too. Probably the latter since Netscape has always done that with Navigator.