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Tuesday June 4th, 2002

Mozilla 1.0 is here! The final 1.0 builds, representing four years of development work by the open source community, are now available for download. The release of Mozilla 1.0 makes an important statement: mozilla.org now believes that the goals specified when the project began (and since enshrined in the Mozilla 1.0 Manifesto) have been met.

Mozilla 1.0 also represents maturity and dependability. Many of the Mozilla APIs, such as XUL, have now been frozen, providing guaranteed compatibility for developers building on the Mozilla toolkit. In addition, mozilla.org will continue to maintain the 1.0 branch as a stable and long-lived baseline on which vendors and other distributors may work. Further additive changes (mainly critical fixes) will be released from the 1.0 branch as 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 etc.

Mozilla 1.0 is available for download from mozilla.org's web site and FTP server. The Mozilla 1.0 Release Notes have also been updated.

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#191 GIFs aren't an open standard

by GAThrawn

Friday June 7th, 2002 8:04 AM

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See Burn All GIFs <http://burnallgifs.org/> and scroll down the front page to "About burnallgifs.org" for a full explanation.

The short version is that the LZW compression algorithm used to compress GIF images is patented by Unisys. Unisys are currently enforcing their patent so that any software that allows you to _create_ a GIF image has to buy a patent from Unisys, whilst they are not currently enforcing their patent on software that displays GIFs (eg Mozilla) or on people who use GIFs (ie you and me) there is absolutely nothing to stop them doing so in the future.

The alternative is the technically superior (and more important open standard) PNG format, which we should all be using in web pages alongside of the pre-existing JPG format.