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.
#51 IT'S OFFICIAL AOL + Gecko in beta test
Thursday March 14th, 2002 3:37 PM
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AOl is officially starting to test AOL 7.0 + Gecko. I am an OL beta tester (like many others) and we all got the following message:
"Hello Beta Testers!
The Beta Team is happy to announce the start of a new Beta test -- AOL 7.0 with Netscape Gecko.
The software used in this test is based on the most recent version of AOL 7.0 with Netscape Gecko as its internal browser. Netscape Gecko is an embeddable browser designed to support open Internet standards, and is used for products like Netscape 6.2 and Instant AOL. This Beta tests the functionality of the AOL 7.0 software with Netscape Gecko.
Please Go to Keyword: Beta and visit the "AOL 7.0 with Netscape Gecko Beta" area, to review the documentation and download the beta software.
- AOL Beta Team"
AOL members who want to join the beta test, Press Keyword button and enter "beta". It will ake you to the beta application form and you will be provided with thge resto of the information.