It Has Begun!
Friday December 4th, 1998
The time has come for Netscape Corporate to get involved in the foreground of what we like to call NGLayout or NGT or whatever. Welcome 'Gecko' to the array of names for Communicator 5.0 components. According to a page on developer.netscape.com, Gecko is now the name for the layout engine that was known as Raptor or NGL.
Along with this new name come binaries for the masses. According to a News.com article, Netscape on Monday will start promoting 'Developer Builds' (initially for Win32 only) for all who want to play with them. What does this mean for people who have been here since March or so? Time will tell...
One quick secret...the builds will be essentially the same that are offered on our fetchBuilds page from mozilla.org, and they are available NOW! Cool stuff!
Update! We were incorrect about the developer build. It turns out that this will be a special build that will have some tweaks and a cleaned up interface, and has been under development by a group at Netscape for a while now. The builds should be on Netscape's FTP server in about a week. Also, if you attended the builder.com showcase, and got your hands on Gecko, drop us a note!
#12 Re:It Has Begun!
by Joel Caris <email@example.com>
Monday December 7th, 1998 7:04 PM
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I doubt there is much difference between the nightly builds and the Netscape-released engine. The only difference may be some sort of setup wizard. It sounds like Netscape has not really added any of the features of a full-fledged browser.
In fact, it says in the updated News.com article that Netscape will not be able to release a beta by year-end. A beta is now not expected until next spring. Bad news, but worth it for the integration of Gecko.