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The Mozilla Project


What is Mozilla?

Mozilla

Mozilla is not a web browser!

Mozilla is a framework for building better web applications using web standards.

Mozilla is a non-profit, open-source project developing a complete set of web applications (browsers, email, news, chat, and more).

Mozilla believes that the Internet is a public resource that must be improved and protected.


Products of Mozilla

  • Firefox - one of the most popular internet browsers today
  • Thunderbird - safe, fast and easy email
  • SeaMonkey - browse, e-mail, chat and edit all in one
  • Bugzilla - bug tracking tool
  • Camino - a web browser for Mac
  • Lightning & Sunbird - Calendaring extension and application

Products can be downloaded from: http://www.mozilla.org


History of the Mozilla Project

In 1998, the Mozilla project was created, as an open community, with the release of the Netscape browser source code.

Within a year, new community members from around the world had added new functionality and enhanced existing features in Netscape's next browser, and the Mozilla project had grown larger than any one company. Instead of just working on Netscape's next browser, the members started creating a variety of browsers, development tools, and other projects.

In 2002, the first major version, Mozilla 1.0, was released. This suite featured many improvements to the browser, email client and other applications, but not many people were using it (over 90% of Internet users were using Internet Explorer). Also, the first version of Phoenix (later renamed to Firefox) was released by Mozilla the same year.

In 2003, the Mozilla project created the Mozilla Foundation, an independent non-profit organization. The Mozilla Foundation continued managing the daily operations of the Mozilla project.

In 2004, Firefox 1.0 was released, and became a big success. In less than a year, Firefox had been downloaded over 100 million times. The popularity of Firefox has helped bring choice back to users.

In 2008, Firefox reached 20% worldwide market share.

Mozilla celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008. In ten years, the community has shown that commercial companies can benefit by collaborating in open source projects.



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