AOL Testing Gecko in its Mac OS X Client

Thursday May 16th, 2002

CNET is reporting that the latest AOL beta for Mac OS X uses an integrated browser powered by Gecko rather than Internet Explorer. The article quotes a note to beta testers that states, "If you are surfing the Web, pages will look better, and you can view all the latest eye-pleasing special effects, graphics and styles that Web developers put into their sites."

America Online has been beta-testing Gecko in its AOL 7.0 client for Windows since March. The latest CompuServe 7.0 software already includes a Gecko-powered browser. also has a page about the OS X beta. AOL members can download it with the keyword MacBeta.

#18 7.0?


Friday May 17th, 2002 7:38 AM

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the rumor about v7 is spreading around - quite common. but there are reasons: some bugzilla entries <> suggest this via the user agent string:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.0rc2) Gecko/20020506 Netscape/7.0b1

sounds pretty like MachV will become Netscape7 - and I don't blame them for this. it was a bad move to release netscape6 based on mozilla0.6 - and the bad press has been sticking throughout the netscape6 series, although 6.2 was a BIG step ahead... i guess they want to emphasise that this is really a big step ahead of the codebase - and so it is.

still the whole thing is a guess and not official.