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7:00 pm on Jun 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

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4:44 am on June 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

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New feature in 6.1 from the article:

AOL Instant Messenger URL is another new feature. It lets Web developers easily add chat to their Web sites by embedding triggers within their site. When a user clicks on the trigger, it launches the Netscape Instant Messenger client that connects to AOL's popular Instant Messaging network...Goldfarb says the AIM URL feature will be a boon to e-commerce sites hoping to win a sale, since customers will be able to reach a live salesperson for assistance.

Is Netscape hoping to regain market share soon? I can't see how this feature would be useful for developers unless Netscape 6 gains a whole lot of ground or IE adds similar functionality (as if Microsoft would help AIM!). Still, it's an interesting gesture.

4:35 am on June 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Well, it appears that AOL plans to embed Gecko in AOL 7.0 as the default for web browsing. Since AOL was the world's #1 distributor of web browsers the last time I saw any stats on that, it would appear likely to gain marketshare for AOL's customized version of Mozilla.

Interestingly enough, StatMarket indicated that Netscape's been gradually gaining marketshare for about six months now, and Opera seems to be gaining ground as well. The positive reviews of NS 6.1 PR1 and recent versions of Opera are likely to accelerate that trend somewhat, but ISP distribution deals are what really counts.

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Opera should gain enormous ground now that StatMarket and a couple others have finally been persuaded to track it properly.
2:57 am on June 29, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I've been test driving 6.1 off and on, and I may be seeing a breed of bug (?) that's new, and pretty ugly.

Somtimes clear pixel gifs don't ever load, leaving odd lines and boxes on the screen. Also, gifs with invisible backgrounds sometimes render very oddly, with a matte color of unknown origin replacing the transparent area.

These intermittent troubles makes me wonder if I got a bad install!

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>Well, it appears that AOL plans to embed Gecko in AOL 7.0 as the default for web browsing.

Gee, go figure. AOL has all but killed netscape form a couple of years of neglect. It is about time they start supporting their own product.

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No, you didn't get a bad install. Those are just old regressions from the libpr0n landing. Those are fixed, so it'll go away when you get a newer build (either a recent Mozilla build or the next 6.1 release, which will likely be 6.1 RTM).