More On Gecko Partnerships

Thursday March 23rd, 2000

Eric Krock sent in links to two audio news pieces at

The first piece is on Netscape's Gecko partnership announcement, that we reported on a few days ago.

The second piece discusses Microsoft's bid to hold on to their dwindling share in the wireless and handheld markets, and it also mentions the Gecko partnership announcements.

Netscape seems to be making a major push to get Gecko out of the desktop and into a wider market. And the support of IBM, Sun, Nokia, Intel, RedHat and others seems to indicate that their efforts are paying off. But it's also important to note that these firms are not just paying lip-service for the sake of a press release. Many of them are actively contributing developers to Mozilla -- IBM with bidirectional text support, Intel with disk cache work, Sun with Java enablement, RedHat with developer support for Mozilla's Linux port.

What will be the repercussions of the Gecko partner announcement? I believe Netscape's foray into new platforms and devices through these partnerships will mean more visibility for Mozilla, and a greater push from the Internet developer community to realize a Web in which standards compliance and interoperability take their rightful place as the driving force behind client-side development. Because of Mozilla's strong XML support, we will also see a greater shift towards XML-based computing in the form of more business to business transactions, desktop to handheld migration, and remote application development (in which XUL will play a major role). With partners such as IBM, Sun, and Intel working together to enhance and extend Mozilla and at the same time pushing hard for interoperability across device platforms, we have a good shot at having a Web that can actively counter any monopolistic forces that appear. And with the new playing field of handheld devices, Mozilla will have a significant role in what is clearly the next phase of Internet expansion.

#1 Life is beatiful. :) Woohoo!

by Kovu

Thursday March 23rd, 2000 10:16 AM

I think Mozilla, by targeting the widening non-PC market, will eventually take PCs from behind. Once Web standards are so integrated in everything else, no one in their right mind will go with a Windows-only solution.

Life may still be beautiful yet in this Microsoft-ugly world.

#2 Server won't give me the file

by mykmelez

Thursday March 23rd, 2000 11:06 AM

Seems the .asp script on the server checks to see if I have the RealPlayer plug-in before giving me the file, so I can't get it, even though I could easily plug the URL into my Linux RealPlayer 7.0.

Can anyone post the URLs of the two RealPlayer files that the server returns when you click on the .asp links in the article?

#3 Not sure if they'll work...

by SomeSmartAss

Thursday March 23rd, 2000 12:16 PM

because they're ASP pages theselves, but here goes

Number 1:

Number 2:

#4 Re: Not sure if they'll work...

by mykmelez

Thursday March 23rd, 2000 5:09 PM

Nope those won't work. What I'm looking for are the URLs that those URLs redirect you to. They should end in .rm or .ram. Thanks for trying though.

#5 Re: Not sure if they'll work...

by Jake

Thursday March 23rd, 2000 6:18 PM

I don't think the .rm file exists... it's possible to push the Content-type down from the script instead of doing a redirect. Not very nice of them to force it down you throat that way tho... maybe somebody can d/l and post the files elsewhere....

#6 uhh

by sdm

Thursday March 23rd, 2000 7:02 PM

Did you actually look at those urls? They say things like this: rtsp:// --stop--

Looks like what you need.