Mozilla Article at News.com; MS Trips Up in Messaging War
Friday August 13th, 1999
Paul Festa of News.com takes another shot at summarizing the state of the browser war.
Also, in other news on the MS/AOL fistfight, it appears MS has tripped up (free subscription required at the N.Y. Times site). Someone from MS apparently posed as an independent programmer, and wrote a letter to Richard Smith, a computer security expert with significant clout with the press, detailing supposed security issues raised by AOL's blocking of MSN Messenger clients.
Smith traced the mail back to Microsoft. Microsoft apparently hasn't found the culprit, but they used the opportunity to state the same attack on AOL seen in the forged letter - "It's unfortunate they're putting user security at risk."
#36 re: so what should I switch to
Monday August 16th, 1999 2:56 PM
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AOL has not been disabling Linux versions of AIM. They removed the webpage describing it, but they're still hosting the software.
MS reverse-engineered the binary protocol used by the AOL client which is different from the text-only protocol they published for use by Linux hackers.