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.

#8 [OT] New skin for 6.5?

by sremick

Thursday May 16th, 2002 7:40 PM

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If I had to hazard a guess, I would say that they're looking to create a new skin for Netscape 6.5. This is based upon the following:

- has typically mirrored the look of the Netscape skin for Mozilla (which so far has been the Mozilla "Modern" skin. - Differentiating themselves from Mozilla by using a noticably different skin is probably to their (marketing) advantage. - Differentiating Netscape 6.5 from 6.0-6.2.x (via a different look) is also probably to their advantage, due to the leaps and bounds Mozilla has taken between 0.9.4 and 1.0.

However, I have no inside information, and my guess is based only upon these points.