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Netscape Gecko: Building an Open Source Browser

Inside the team building the engine inside Netscape's next-generation, open-source browser. With Eric Krock, Sr. Product Manager, Netscape Communicator, Rick Gessner, Dir. of Engineering, Netscape Communications and Dan Mosedale, toolsmith, mozilla.org.
Interview by Philippe Lourier.

Rick Gessner, Eric Krock and Dan Mosedale One year ago -ages ago by Internet standards- Netscape released in open source the millions of lines of code of its flagship product Netscape Communicator. The expectation was that Communicator would quickly benefit from the work of legions of programmers around the world. To spearhead and promote this effort, an organization named after the company's legendary lizard, mozilla, was set up. The one year anniversary has now put mozilla.org again in the spotlight and already some are taking potshots at the project. The failure to ship a new product, the limited number of non-Netscape participants are criticized. Is this an indication that large scale open source projects are doomed to fail?

Well, not necessarily. Early on mozilla.org made design decisions that promoted quality and modularity at the expense of expediency. At the heart of the browser a new layout engine, code-named Gecko, was written to provide complete support for W3C standards such as HTML 4.0 or DOM. And the project has spawned a whole slew of technologies that are promising to make browsers based on mozilla not only the fastest, most standards compliant browsers available but also a compelling platform for creating cross platform, web based applications.

And although the project does not include a large number of full-time outside developers mozilla.org has attracted a large number of participants who take part in other phases of the development phase from design to testing making evident that there is much more to open source than writing code.

Join us as TechNetCast takes a look at the technology and processes behind Netscape's next generation browser.

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Netscape Gecko: Building an Open Source Browser
posted by PL 1999-04-27 [#14]

Well, the Mac we use for most of our video post-production work has crashed in grand style and needs a new motherboard... This machine is only four weeks old... We'll post the Netscape Gecko program as soon as our editing station is back up and we complete the post-production work... Sorry for the delay.
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Netscape Gecko: Building an Open Source Browser
posted by Roger H. 1999-05-04 [#20]

Just be sure to run Geck on a Revenge of Mozilla modified Windows 98!

http://www.silverlink.net/~jensenba/

...That is, if you want IE off your system.

Cheers,

Roger
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Microsoft Buys Netscape
posted by root 1999-05-04 [#22]

Microsoft is proud to announce, Netscape has been aquired into the Microsoft proud family of products. Since Internet Explorer is the worlds most populuar webbrowser, Microsoft is proud to make the lastest Mozilla code to go into the our special properity browser.

Please visit http://support.microsoft.com/pr/5151511.5121.41agis.msf.pr.microsoft.050399.htm
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Netscape Gecko: Building an Open Source Browser
posted by Tom Schaefer 1999-05-25 [#26]

Hello from someone out in the real world, not Silicon Valley.

I just wish you'd make the browsers a bit more customizable.

For example, it is a routine thing to "clear the cache" manually.

I'd like to see a "Clear File Cache" and
"Clear Memory Cache" buttons right on the menu bar.

It's a hassle having to drill down thru Edit/Preferences every time
I want to clear the cache.

Another thing that bugs me is how the whole app locks up on failed
DNS requests. You need to let us configure the timeout for DNS
lookups.

Thanks for finally allowing better settings in the email section,
but it would sure be nice if you unbundled the emailer from
the main product. I hate having the browser crash and then hose up email.


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Netscape Gecko: Building an Open Source Browser
posted by Mr.Thomas 1999-07-14 [#180]

I would like to find out: How many processors&O.S.; is this
"Open Source" browser, going to be compatible with??
As an example, will there be a version for some of the variety
of (larger) handhelds? Specifically, how about CE 3.xx?(Mips
pro.)including the mini-laptop PRO versions.
This is a point because: The browser software availble for
these is totally incompatible with travelling/working/surfing/
or gathering more than TEXT info- And that from a limited # of
sites/services.
A portable cross-compatible fully functional browser is dreamed of!!!!
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Netscape Gecko: Building an Open Source Browser
posted by Mr.Thomas 1999-07-14 [#181]

I would like to find out: How many processors&O.S.; is this
"Open Source" browser, going to be compatible with??
As an example, will there be a version for some of the variety
of (larger) handhelds? Specifically, how about CE 3.xx?(Mips
pro.)including the mini-laptop PRO versions.
This is a point because: The browser software availble for
these is totally incompatible with travelling/working/surfing/
or gathering more than TEXT info- And that from a limited # of
sites/services.
A portable cross-compatible fully functional browser is dreamed of!!!!
[reply]

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