Jazilla Milestone 1 Released
Saturday May 24th, 2003
Slashdot is reporting that Jazilla Milestone 1 has been released. The Jazilla project aims to rewrite Mozilla in Java. It started shortly after the release of the Netscape Communicator 5.0 source code in 1998 but development petered out in 2000. It was revived by Mathew McBride last year has been completely rewritten to follow a more Mozilla-like architecture (Jazilla Classic was closer to the old Netscape Communicator).
This isn't the first time that a Java rewrite of Mozilla/Netscape has been attempted. Back in 1997, Netscape and its partners began the Javagator project to rewrite Communicator in Java. The effort — officially codenamed Xena or Maui depending on who you asked — stalled and was finally cancelled in the Summer of 1998. Only the source code of Grendel, the mail/news component of Javagator, was ever released as open source.
#19 Java needs a browser
Tuesday May 27th, 2003 4:46 AM
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Well, there isn't a decent, free browser available in Java, so those of us who develop in the Java platform could definitely use a browser for those cases when browser integration becomes necessary. (*I* want one. I'm using a horrible hack to access Internet Explorer through ActiveX, which is nasty and platform-dependent but at least a proper browser that users have installed and that correctly renders most HTML: I haven't decided what to do on Mac OS X yet, or Linux if we support that, but it will probably suck.)
Of course this particular project is nowhere near a decent, free browser, but it's got to start somewhere I suppose. That said I don't have much confidence in this project. Sorry, but it just looks a bit mickey-mouse to me.
Oh, and I don't see any particular point to imitating Mozilla, unless it's to get publicity.