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.

#45 I won't worry, but I care

by Kovu <>

Wednesday March 22nd, 2000 6:46 PM

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I like the Netscape brand. I don't want it polluted with a putrid UI. I personally think Netscape wastes a ton of opportunity in branding capabilities, hopefully they'll remedy that soon. Probably their coolest graphics are the rarest seen (see Keyword Netscape at AOL (the window that comes up) and the Navigator 4.0 standalone splash screen). Anyway, I don't think the beta should be ugly, it should resemble the Netscape product in all but stability if at all possible.

As for Aphrodite, I see the snapshot and it seems that they've turned the current UI gray, from the shot. And? Lack of color makes a great UI? Don't see it. I tried to download Aphrodite anyhow, but WinZip had about 8 errors unzipping it.

Also, when will it not be a pain in the ass to install a skin? With M8 you could just click a link, now you have to go to your DOS prompt? Regression's a bitch, I guess.