AOL Moving to Gecko
Monday March 11th, 2002
Newsforge, and others are reporting that the AOL client will use Gecko, starting with the next major release, 8.0. Along with that, the story talked about AOL's departure from any server platform that isn't linux, and AOL's plans to release a standalone linux client (there aren't any).
This has long been the rumor, and many felt until AOL started using Gecko, it would be hard to get sites to stop using proprietary IE code. This may be the kick in the pants that's needed to help get major sites to allow non-Microsoft browsers access to all of their content.
#11 Re: Waste
Monday March 11th, 2002 2:50 PM
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"Difficult to exagerate how unfortunate it is that so much time, energy, complexity and delay spent on news, chat, mail and compose when it's so patently obvious that all anyone needs, AOL included, is gecko."
It is also "Difficult to exagerate how unfortunate it is that" so many people think that THEIR use of Mozilla represents everyone's use. I use Mail/News every day (more than once an hour during the day). Just because people are using Gecko in their products doesn't mean that they aren't using any of the components designed for other parts of the Application.
For example, if it weren't for things like Mail/News the outliner widget wouldn't have been as polished as it is today, and I know that many 3rd party developers use the outliner. Gecko is clearly the most important part of the project, but Gecko has also been more than useable for a long time now. Anyone wanting to use Gecko has been able to use it for eons...