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Full Article Attached Interview With the Chief Architect of NGLayout, Rick Gessner

Wednesday October 28th, 1998

Well folks, mozillaZine has another first for you - content you won't find anywhere else on the Net! Today we're offering an extended look inside the Next Generation Layout engine being developed by the Mozilla Project. We have an amazing interview with Rick Gessner, the Chief Architect of NGLayout, about the history of NGLayout and why it truly qualifies as a new paradigm in layout technology. It should also put to rest any doubts as to which company is the true innovator in the browser market.

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#14 ~Reality Check~

by JD WaySide <zontar@mindless.com>

Saturday October 31st, 1998 5:56 PM

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Alex said,

"_IF_ people really though that they need some better browser or whatever else, they could just download it from Netscape!!! This means Netscape has no _major_ features which diff it from MS. Otherwise all other people would use it. AM I wrong?"

There are at least two of things wrong with this line of reasoning...

1) A number of studies have shown that people (*especially* non-tech types) tend to stick with the browser that's provided for them. None know this better than the marketing noids at Microsoft, which has gone to all manner of extremes (see "OS integration", "AOL deal") to make damned sure that Windows users see IE *first*.

2) The vast majority of people using the Web are still doing it at 28.8 kbps. At that connection speed, it takes nearly two hours to download the complete installation of Communicator 4.5. That might not be much of a deterrent to hardcore fans of NS, but the connected Joe Sixpack just wants to boot his machine and surf. If he's only got two or three hours after dinner and before bedtime to do so, which do you think he'll do -- spend 2/3 of that on a download, or use what's already on his Winbox?

IMHO this is a no-brainer. And it's exactly what the abovementioned MS marketing noids are counting on.

BTW, it seems awfully strange to be seeing all this "neutral" and pro-MS stuff on this of all sites. What the Sam Hill is going on here, anyway?