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Announcing Beonex

Wednesday November 29th, 2000

Ben Bucksch writes in with news of a new Mozilla distribution, Beonex. Ben hopes to implement LDAP synchronization and offer commercial support for this Open Source end-user-focused distribution of Mozilla. Check out the posting to the n.p.m.announce newsgroup for more information, or visit the Beonex website.


#9 Re: Duh...

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Saturday December 2nd, 2000 4:02 PM

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I don't want to step on BenB's toes so I'm not going to try to explain what Beonix is. Rather, let me try to explain what I think Mozilla (the code, not the organization) is.

Mozilla is a set of technologies that can be used to build internet client applications (and other cool stuff like the Komodo perl and python IDE from ActiveState). A collection of these applications can be packaged into a Web Browser/Composer/Mail-News/(IRC, webforum reader, etc) suite. mozilla.org provides courtesy binaries of such a suite for testing and development purposes.

But I don't think that we are a Mozilla "distribution" the way that RedHat is a Linux distribution. The builds we release are not meant for the end user. mozilla.org doesn't have the packaging, distribution, marketing, support, etc. infrastructure to be a "distribution". It is up to others to package and distribute our technologies to end users.

Right now, there is one major end user distribution of the Mozilla internet application suite, Netscape. Netscape 6 is intended for the consumer. But there are other classes of end user which suggest that there is a market for other specialized distributions of the Mozilla suite. Enterprise, Education, Power Users, Kiosk, the list is pretty big and I hope to see distributions created to support those users. -Asa