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.
#40 Isn't being polished, is the thing...
Wednesday March 22nd, 2000 1:17 AM
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Other than a vague change here and there, like the functioning Search button, the UI still needs SERIOUS help to look like Communicator. For one thing, the component bar looks horrible in two color, and the buttons are STILL hanging off in a very unsightly fashion. Further, there aren't enough buttons, there seems to be no room for more buttons (you think AOL's gonna give up that Shopping button so easily?), and the ones that are up aren't colorful and nifty looking like they should be. As a mozilla UI it's okay, but as Netscape's standard UI it is lacking quite a bit. The 4.x looks much more professional and colorful. That BETTER not be the final UI for Communicator. I'd be depressed.
Anyway, they don't seem to be polishing ANYTHING, really, aside from the search button and the tabs in the sidebar which really aren't a part of the main UI anyhow. I just happen to think (hope) Netscape will come with its own UI and that Netscape won't show it to us until beta.