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Wired: Netscape 6: Getting Warmer

Aug 10, 2000, 20:44 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"Preview release (PR2) of Netscape 6.0 is a feature-complete version that includes contributions from the open source community...."

"The goal of Preview Release 1 was to make sure everyone knew this product was coming and Netscape was still a viable browser. Was it a success? Absolutely," said Chris Nalls, senior product manager with Netscape, a subsidiary of America Online in Mountain View, California. Nalls said the feedback the company receive "enabled us to complete the feature set and start out work on stability and performance."

"Netscape decided to build version 6 of its browser around a new rendering engine code-named Gecko that would include contributions from open-source developers, but the switch has stalled the release. Nalls said the Gecko engine is now nearly complete. Netscape will continue to update Gecko using contributions from the open-source community, Nalls said."

"The open source effort has been incredibly successful because of the help we've gotten, both through development by testing and through documentation. They've often jumped in and fixed the problem themselves," said Nalls."

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