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Ten Years Ago Today: Netscape Announces Free Communicator Source Code Release

Tuesday January 22nd, 2008

Today marks ten years since Netscape Communications Corporation announced its intention to release the source code of the then in-development Netscape Communicator 5.0, heralding the beginning of what would become the Mozilla project. At the same time, Netscape stopped charging for Netscape Navigator 4.0 and Netscape Communicator Standard Edition 4.0.

On Monday 23rd February 1998, mozilla.org was launched to coordinate development of the open-source code. The actual release of the Netscape Communicator 5.0 source code took place on Tuesday 31st March 1998.

Mitchell Baker, who has been involved with the Mozilla project from the outset, is asking for ideas of how to celebrate Mozilla's tenth anniversary year.


#7 Re: Re: Comparison

by zooplah

Wednesday January 30th, 2008 7:38 AM

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I was using Mozilla back when it was still using milestones instead of versions. Mind you, Internet Explorer was still my main browser until they produced the piece-of-junk IE6, but I liked Mozilla from an early stage and always had nightly builds around and was fully prepared to switch over (at Mozilla 0.9.3) when it became clear than Microsoft wasn't the least bit interested in keeping up with the competition. I never liked Firefox, though; I liked the idea of separating the components (something I, at the early stages of trying Mozilla, thought would be a good idea, because of Mozilla's general instability at that point), but I didn't like what they did to the browser component itself. So, I used Mozilla from 2001 until the SeaMonkey project took over, and I'm now using that.

I tried Netscape 6 and didn't like it. It was behind Mozilla and had all that AOL junk spread around. I know, Mozilla was only meant for testing purposes, but it suit my needs perfectly.