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.
#49 Netscape 6 is Mozilla + a few more goodies...
Friday March 24th, 2000 1:02 AM
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Netscape 6 is Mozilla, with a Netscape branded UI, and soem of the goodies of the current Communicator, like Winamp, the Shopping stuff, etc etc...
As for calling this project "failed" I'd have to say they're probably just another MS junkie. Now, I'm not saying this as an MS hater (although I am generally more fond of poisonous snakes than MS) but as an pbservation. It is either too early to tell if Mozilla is a failure, or it's ignorance of the facts.
Mozilla has not yet produced a final product. Close, but just not yet. So from that perspective, it's just flat out too early to say it's ANYTHING except under development.
BUT, Mozilla as a PROJECT has drawn a LOT of interest from many of the largest companies in the technology world, such as Intel, IBM, Nokia, Red Hat, and other companies looking to expand it into the set-top market, hald held markets, info appliance market, and on and on. From this perspectve, of a technology and a of a project, it's been a smashing success.
For now, we have to wait and see. Six months from now, the guy from whatever forum you were in, he'll eat his words.