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.
by PaulB <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monday March 11th, 2002 6:14 PM
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Why hurry up the browser when you still have a contract to use IE. Until recently AOL was still obligated by contract to use IE. AOL may have been in little rush to complete the browser, since they could not switch AOL until the contract ran out. They may also be thinking with 30+ million users, they may figure the browser may simply sell itself when they switch AOL, just as Microsoft was able to sell IE by bolting it to the OS. The main difference here is that IMHO Mozilla is a first class browser--can this be said of IE when it was first attached to Windows?