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, 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 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...

Links Galore:
Gecko Overview
Gecko FAQ
Gecko Release Notes
Gecko Demos

One quick secret...the builds will be essentially the same that are offered on our fetchBuilds page from, 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 showcase, and got your hands on Gecko, drop us a note!

#22 Optimized linux builds?

by Stuart Ballard

Tuesday December 8th, 1998 9:18 AM

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I'm still wondering why we're getting daily sleek 1.5Mb optimized windows builds, but bloated 10Mb debug linux monsters... I'm running linux but on a slow connection, and I'd be using seamonkey regularly if only I could get a build that it was feasible to download...

Any pointers, anyone?


PS I notice that the legend on the Tinderbox tree says "B - download the binary created by this build" but there aren't any B links... any clues when this will be enabled?