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New Chapter in 'The Book of Mozilla'

Sunday August 24th, 2003

It's one of the most well-known Easter eggs of all time. There can be few MozillaZine readers who are not aware that typing about:mozilla into the Location Bar of a Mozilla-based browser (or indeed, an earlier Netscape Navigator release) causes a verse from The Book of Mozilla to be displayed. In Netscape Navigator 1.1 to Netscape Communicator 4.8, the verse is from The Book of Mozilla, 12:10 (the numbers refer to December 10th 1994 and the release of Netscape Navigator 1.0), while in the later Mozilla builds, an extract from The Book of Mozilla, 3:31 (Red Letter Edition) is revealed (this time, the numbers refer to March 31st 1998, the date of the Netscape Communicator 5.0 source code release).

Soon, typing about:mozilla will show another installment of the Mozilla saga: The Book of Mozilla, 7:15 (Red Letter Edition), written by Neil Deakin. The date is of course July 15th 2003, the day that the Mozilla Foundation was formed and America Online closed the Netscape browser division. Look for the new about:mozilla page in a forthcoming build.


#1 Yay for Easter eggs

by jrobbio

Sunday August 24th, 2003 8:17 AM

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Not sure if I sparked this off with a comment in the forum I'll believe it was just for my ego.

I like the new one though its clever on quite a few levels.

#7 Re: Yay for Easter eggs

by Gerv

Monday August 25th, 2003 1:07 AM

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Actually, yes, you did, sort of. :-) It was after seeing your post (or someone's post, anyway) at the top of a story that I raised the issue with staff@. But someone else had already filed the bug.

Gerv

#2 The beast is dead?

by boily

Sunday August 24th, 2003 10:26 AM

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What? The Great Lizard is dead? But I just read an article that say we can now buy Lizard Coffee!

#3 Re: The beast is dead?

by MozSaidAloha

Sunday August 24th, 2003 10:41 AM

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I think 'beast' in this case refers to AOL/TW and it's treatment of Netscape.

#4 Re: Re: The beast is dead?

by thomasz44l

Sunday August 24th, 2003 1:13 PM

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No, beast clearly refers to Mozilla. Because when the beast fell, "the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird." The unbelievers == people that use other browsers. The beast == Mozilla. You know what the bird means. ;-) And Mammon is clearly a reference to Microsoft, being that Mammon is "material wealth regarded as having an evil influence."

#25 Re: Re: Re: The beast is dead?

by nightdr4gon

Tuesday August 24th, 2004 11:08 PM

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Actually, lots of people agree that the 'beast' that fell is Netscape being closed down by AOL. The 'great bird' that rose up was the Mozilla Foundation, established to continue Mozilla development. The 'fire and thunder' refers to Mozilla Firebird (now Mozilla Firefox) and Mozilla Thunderbird. The beast was 'reborned with its strength renewed' as the Foundation helped Mozilla develope more, instead of neglecting it, like AOL did. To read more, go to <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Mozilla>

#5 I get it...sorta!

by sime

Sunday August 24th, 2003 3:12 PM

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On first read I actually understood it (most of it I guess). On the others, I was like, "huh!" "huh?", also I have been following Mozilla closly since 1.0, so i should have half a clue :)

#6 Book of Mozilla?

by krishy

Sunday August 24th, 2003 10:36 PM

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What exactly is this Book of Mozilla? Does it refer to the Bible? as this article (<http://groups.google.com/…zilla%26sa%3DN%26tab%3Dwg>) suggests?

caio

#8 Re: Book of Mozilla?

by Gerv

Monday August 25th, 2003 1:08 AM

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No, it's not related to the Bible. about:mozilla just uses a "Bible quote" style, joking that the rise of Mozilla was prophesied long ago. The Book of Mozilla is fictional; the quotes from it are made up on an individual basis.

Gerv

#9 Re: Re: Book of Mozilla?

by sime

Monday August 25th, 2003 1:16 AM

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Gerv! You gotta make up some sort of cool story that a lone developer stumbled upon a book...

#19 Re: Book of Mozilla?

by MXN

Monday August 25th, 2003 2:59 PM

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Well, I've heard that the language was inspired by the Book of Revelation.

-- Disclaimer: I have no idea. This is hearsay. :)

#23 Re: I am not seeing that...

by jonadab <jonadab@bright.net>

Thursday January 1st, 2004 6:48 AM

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> Well, I've heard that the language was inspired by the Book of Revelation.

I believe the language was inspired more by the Authorized Version translation than anything. It only sounds like the Bible if you're accustomed to reading the Bible in Early English. There's nothing particular about the _content_ that sounds like scripture (except that it is supposed to resemble prophesy), but rather the _language_ sounds like "Bible" to people because the Bible is the primary book people are used to reading in Early English. (Note: do not confuse Early English with Old English, which is much earlier.) The only other thing still commonly read in Early English would be Shakespeare, but Shakespeare.

#26 Re: Re: Book of Mozilla?

by nightdr4gon

Tuesday August 24th, 2004 11:11 PM

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it is INSPIRED by the bible, but has nothing to do with it

#10 I like it, but

by pjolliffe

Monday August 25th, 2003 1:38 AM

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how come this easter egg gets to stay in and get updated, whereas about:kitchensink didn't?

#11 about:kitchensink

by cochonou <cochonou@captured.com>

Monday August 25th, 2003 2:06 AM

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about: kitchensink was quite terrific.

However: "This is inappropriate to shove down the throats of other projects that will be forced (as the patch stands) to accept this "feature". Phoenix and Chimera and other Gecko projects don't want this, don't appreciate the humor (since they are explicitely not "kitchen-sink" applications) and shouldn't be forced to accept it no matter how small or cute some Mozilla developer thinks it is. Until this can be made to only affect the Mozilla suite and not other embedding apps the patch cannot be allowed to land. " See bug 122411 for more information.

#12 What about the other chapter ?

by cochonou <cochonou@captured.com>

Monday August 25th, 2003 2:11 AM

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Linked in bug 213117: "And they watched as the beast cast off its chains, and with a terrible roar burst forth and slew those who had bound it. And for days the rivers ran red with their lifeblood ."

I also find it rather good... maybe it could be used in the upcoming seamonkey releases, as the switch to the *birds will still take some time.

#13 More quotes from the book of Mozilla

by jesse <jruderman@hmc.edu>

Monday August 25th, 2003 4:09 AM

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#14 Passage Reference Should use ISO Date Format

by peterlairo <Peter@Lairo.com>

Monday August 25th, 2003 4:39 AM

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The The Book of Mozilla pasage should be in the ISO date format. This 3:31 being m:dd is not cool.

I suggest that The Book of Mozilla be either:

from The Book of Mozilla, 31:3, or

from The Book of Mozilla, 3:3:31 (if that tripple notation seems biblical)

#15 Re: Re: The beast is dead?

by thomasz44l

Monday August 25th, 2003 6:53 AM

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Ummm no they should stick with what they've been using, there is a tradition now.

#16 Passage Reference Should use ISO Date Format

by peterlairo <Peter@Lairo.com>

Monday August 25th, 2003 8:39 AM

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Why? "Tradition" will stifle any improvements when applied without reason. With your "logic" we might as well keep the old text too - out of "tradition".

The "tradition" we should keep is the easter-egg and a cool mythical quote, not the rest. That would be stifly, and utterly "un-cool".

#17 guh

by luserSPAZ

Monday August 25th, 2003 9:22 AM

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Who cares? It's an easter egg, not some important feature. The date format is absolutely irrelevant.

#20 Re: Passage Reference Should use ISO Date Format

by MXN

Monday August 25th, 2003 3:06 PM

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"from The Book of Mozilla, 3:3:31 (if that tripple notation seems biblical)"

The problem with this one is that it doesn't fit the Chapter:Verse format used in most bibles.

#18 I don't like it.

by jensend <jensend@iname.com>

Monday August 25th, 2003 11:00 AM

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Mozilla isn't being replaced by the *birds, as the current text suggests (seamonkey/mozsuite is).

#21 Re: I don't like it.

by mpercy

Monday August 25th, 2003 3:27 PM

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I like it. The Beast can be interpreted to be the App Suite, AOL/NS Corporatism, or a combination of political/architectural issues holding back the progress of Mozilla. Rising from the ashes implies a new beginning after the death of a previous life or paradigm. I don't think the symbolism could be more accurate or appropriate.

Mike

#22 Re: Re: I don't like it.

by jensend <jensend@iname.com>

Monday August 25th, 2003 8:48 PM

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"The beast" has always been Mozilla itself, see the previous two about:mozilla pages (linked from the article) where this is obviously the case.

#24 and thou shall close the book...

by Shawn

Thursday January 15th, 2004 4:31 PM

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And thou shall close thy book of mozilla and still while thou deleopers write thou a new chapter.

#27 The Book of Mozilla, 8:23

by zcorpan

Wednesday October 13th, 2004 5:38 PM

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<http://disruptive-innovations.com/book/0823.html>

"The elementals fought and sent back the armies of Mammon to the inner world. The scribe ended the inspired parchments, letting the believers cry over that new view on Earth. Long after the thunder and the fire, came the sun and finally the long awaited rainbow... from The Book of Mozilla, 8:23"

Does anyone know anything about that book? What does 8:23 refer to? What is the sun and the rainbow?

#28 The Book of Mozilla, 8:23

by astrowob

Saturday November 6th, 2004 9:20 AM

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Sun is for Sunbird the Standalone version of Mozilla Calendar, as for the rainbow? I don't know...