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.
#41 Re: opera and standards
Wednesday March 22nd, 2000 9:18 AM
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At first I found the win3.1 thing a little odd, but it really isn't as bad as it seems at first. It has advantages and disadvantages...
Some good points are that it is faster and has less of a memory footprint. Since it isn't opening up a whole new window with its own buttons and everything.
It also doesn't open up 20 windows on your desktop if you have a lot of sites open. Also you don't have to close one to get to another or use the menu. You can flip through the pages by hitting the 1 and 2 keys above the letters.
Sometimes it is less convenient and might have to open the window menu to remember exactly what's open.
Actually, I think it'd be nice if you could choose which way you wanted it to work. Don't know how much they'd have to rewrite to do that though...
I do agree about the paying and no source code being problems. I can't seeing it being widely adopted either.
No one complains about the location bar being on the bottom because you can just change the preferences to have it on the top like any other browser.
As for what is better than other browsers, the speed and memory helps, especially on my 100mhz.
But to tell you the truth, the configuration and keyboard commands are what keep me using it. It is so nice in just day to day browsing...
Personally I turned off the scroll bars in my opera since I never use them and they take up a lot of room. Makes frames look cleaner too...
I like how a window comes up every time you add a bookmark, so you can name it, etc. And the easy ways of putting them in certain categories.
My main annoyance with the version I have is that it is constantly loosing the history or something. It is annoying because I read a lot of boards and am never sure what I've already read... I hope they fixed that in the new betas...