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.
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.