Happy Fifth Birthday to mozilla.org
Sunday February 23rd, 2003
Five years ago today, Netscape Communications Corporation announced the creation of mozilla.org, with a mission to "promote, foster and guide open dialog and development of Netscape's client source code." Describing the new organization as "a focal point for developers who are interested in modifying and redistributing Netscape client source," Netscape also announced the launch of the mozilla.org site, designed to "provide a central point of contact and community by encouraging developers to download the client source code, post their enhancements, take part in newsgroup discussions, and obtain and share Communicator-related information with Netscape and others in the Internet community." The Netscape Communicator client source code was released a little over a month later, on Tuesday 31st March 1998.
#14 And one year or more with no problems...
Monday February 24th, 2003 3:23 AM
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And I've been using Mozilla as my regular browser for over a year, on Windows, with no significant problems whatsoever in those areas. The browser's been near enough rock solid (certain nightlies excluded) and doesn't seem to use a great deal of memory - certainly nothing 'severe' or 'crippling'. The UI, meanwhile, has gradually improved.
I'm not saying there is absolutely no problem with memory consumption, though; it does sometimes take Mozilla an abnormally long time to swap back into memory after you click on a window having not used it for a while. I'm not entirely sure why as other (larger) programs seem to come up quicker in the same circumstances. But anyway, this might be 'mildly annoying' but it isn't even 'severe' never mind 'crippling', and I don't have a lot of memory - only 256 MB, which is bottom-of-the-line these days.
Well done Mozilla (and all the developers), it did take a bloody long time to get anywhere but we're there now. Even though there's always room for improvement!