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.

#19 I think this is *GREAT* news

by Waldo

Monday March 11th, 2002 4:11 PM

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If I may be allowed a bit of hyperbole, this is the ghost of netscape rising up and bitchslapping Microsoft.

In a very bizarre way, it seems like evil dumb-it-down-for-the-masses AOL is the only non-government entity that is able to challenge Microsoft on its own terms. As much as MS is fucking with the Internet, it's ironically AOL who has been paying for development of a standards-supporting competition and now maybe we finally will see Gecko on millions of CDs across the world.

How cool is that?

My favorite quote:

<quote> Thousands of AOL servers are already 100% Linux, and more are switching over every day. AOL number-crunchers figure they can replace an $80,000 box running proprietary UNIX with two $5,000 Linux boxes and get a 50% increase in performance in addition to the cost savings. "Don't tell our competitors," one of our AOL contacts says. "Let them keep buying expensive crap."

We hear that every hardware vendor who approaches AOL is now being asked, "How is your support for Linux?" before they are even allowed to make a sales presentation. </quote>

Now seriously, when are THEY going to support Linux, or do they think no linux user would be caught dead with AOL? Hmmm. If they build it, people will come, I think.