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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.

#1 Congrats!

by pointwood

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 10:31 AM

Thanks for creating my preferred browser, etc.!

#2 The old times ...

by johann_p

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 12:26 PM

This seems to be the oldest version that can be accessed at archive.org: http://web.archive.org/web/19990116225540/http://mozilla.org/ (other archived versions: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.mozilla.org)

#3 OH MY GOD ! THAT'S IT!

by flacco

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 1:48 PM

>> This seems to be the oldest version that can be accessed at archive.org: (LINK) <<

THE NEW SPLASH SCREEN!: http://web.archive.org/web/19990116225540/http://mozilla.org/

#4 Re: OH MY GOD ! THAT'S IT!

by bzbarsky

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 2:10 PM

If we do that, all the whiners will switch to accusing us of being Communist (and probably terrorists too, since that's a more popular brand of disapproval nowadays).

#6 Re: Re: OH MY GOD ! THAT'S IT!

by AlexBishop

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 2:44 PM

"(and probably terrorists too, since that's a more popular brand of disapproval nowadays)."

I'm still waiting for convincing evidence that there are links between Green Mozilla and al-Queda.

Alex

#7 Re: Re: Re: OH MY GOD ! THAT'S IT!

by bzbarsky

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 2:45 PM

"Yon Green Mozilla has a lean and hungry look."

That enough of a link?

#8 Re: Re: Re: Re: OH MY GOD ! THAT'S IT!

by AlexBishop

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 2:49 PM

"'Yon Green Mozilla has a lean and hungry look.'

"That enough of a link?"

Send in the troops.

Alex

#9 Re: Re: Re: OH MY GOD ! THAT'S IT!

by bandido

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 2:50 PM

The evidence is in the flame throwing geen mozilla. Green dino must be a pyromaniac terrorist. Sshhhh keep it quiet or our brilliant 540 points SAT scoring president might find out and order mozilla's assets confiscated. :-)

#11 Re: Re: Re: OH MY GOD ! THAT'S IT!

by jbetak

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 11:32 PM

Alex,

I'm not sure if it's enough of an indicator, but the our mozdev project seen quite a few downloads from Saudi Arabia. An undercover terrorist cell perhaps? We have even thought of offering an al-Queda sidebar add-on for improved communication...

:-/

#21 Re: Re: OH MY GOD ! THAT'S IT!

by DieHappy

Tuesday February 25th, 2003 1:03 AM

if you want it....here it is http://redzilla.katip.net

#19 The New Splash Screen--OH MY GOD NO!!!!eom

by PaulB

Monday February 24th, 2003 8:28 PM

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#20 The New Splash Screen--OH MY GOD NO!!!!eom

by PaulB

Monday February 24th, 2003 8:28 PM

.

#23 No, sorry

by brianmurphy

Tuesday February 25th, 2003 6:37 PM

The mozilla team and their lawyers can't decide if we own the red dinosaur or not.

*sigh* Imbeciles.

#5 Five years, eh?

by caveat

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 2:24 PM

Five years I've been rooting for this underdog...and five years later the Windows version *still* has severe and crippling memory leaks. Yes, I like the features and the philosophy. Now if only the *implementation* could become stable and reliable. Please please please....

#14 And one year or more with no problems...

by leafdigital

Monday February 24th, 2003 3:23 AM

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!

--sam

#10 Happy Birthday 2 Us :-)

by Galik

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 8:07 PM

Hehe I'm proud to share a Birthday with Mozilla. That made my day :)

#12 Netscape Communicator client source code

by Bibbl

Monday February 24th, 2003 12:16 AM

Is it possible to get the original Netscape Communicator Source Code? :)

#15 Re: Netscape Communicator client source code

by Bibbl

Monday February 24th, 2003 3:26 AM

sorry, i found it ;)

#13 new version of mozilla.org

by betz

Monday February 24th, 2003 3:22 AM

What happend to the redesign of mozilla.org? A face-lifting could not hurt....

#16 Erase-rewind

by deelan

Monday February 24th, 2003 5:35 AM

from the http://wp.netscape.com/newsref/pr/newsrelease577.html "As a follow-on to Netscapes recent announcement to make the first developer release of Communicator 5.0 source code available for free, mozilla.org will act as a focal point for developers who are interested in modifying and redistributing Netscape client source"

when developer realized that a complete rewrite of the browser suite was necessary are they any newgroup threads, white papers, ect about that? it would be cool to follow dev discussion about this topic.

#18 Mozillazine archive

by lama

Monday February 24th, 2003 1:13 PM

There's a lot about this in the Mozillazine archive. Check out these links: http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=88 http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=105 http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=171

#22 Re: Mozillazine archive

by deelan

Tuesday February 25th, 2003 5:25 AM

Thanks a lot. much appreciated.

#17 Well, folks...

by jensend

Monday February 24th, 2003 12:37 PM

Glad to have been rooting for Mozilla since Day One and using it as my primary browser since M7 (or was it M8? I know it was before "8.5"). Here's hoping the next five turn out a lot better.