MozillaZine is Five: 1998-2003

Monday September 1st, 2003

MozillaZine — 5 Years: 1998-2003 As you may have guessed from MozillaZine's retro look, today is our fifth anniversary! The site has come a lot further than any of us could imagine since 1998 and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past half decade. We've prepared a special fifth anniversary section for you to browse over.

We've enjoyed being at the heart of the Mozilla community and look forward to making MozillaZine even better as we head into the future. We hope you'll join us.

MozillaZine — 5 Years: 1998-2003

#22 Congrats/comments on "MozillaZine is Five" article

by pkb351 <>

Tuesday September 2nd, 2003 11:06 AM

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First: Congratulations on all the work that has gon into this site and all the news which has been dissemination by mozillaZine about the Mozilla project.

Now some of my comments about the <b>MozillaZine is Five</b> article.

<A Message From MozillaZine's Founder> <b>. . .one of the first sites to allow our content to be translated and repurposed for other audiences. The Creative Commons and the whole idea of Open Content is still relatively new on the scene, but MozillaZine was a pioneer in this regard. It shows what good things can happen when information is shared freely with trusted peers.</b>

Once again people working with Mozilla are helping to forge forward with what I believe was an early principle for internet. Many early internet pioneers believed that the internet should be a place for all and a place were information could be freely shared. Today this vison is under attack. and MozillaZine are at the forefront of reversing this trend and returning the internet to its original vision. Kudos to all at Mozilla.

<b>. . .it's important that the Mozilla group start looking towards the future: new means of interaction in the browser interface and new technologies to bind us in our common human enterprise. And all this while defending a space for open, standards-compliant, language-independent, cross-platform browsing, pushing ahead to make sure that no one is denied access due to incompatible or proprietary technologies. Mozilla is doing more than competing it is leading the way. With the advent of the Mozilla Foundation and the demise of Netscape, Mozilla has a chance to step out from the shadow of its biggest corporate contributor and chart a new course</b>


<b>We need a robust Internet, with well-supported standards, not proprietary, bug-ridden technologies with limited support and limited access to the developer. We need developers looking to expand access to all, not restrict it and stifle it.</b>

I believe these two quotes spell out many of the challenges ahead for Mozilla. (Although I am not as sure as the author that AOL will be out of the picture. I believe AOL will be there somewhere along this path, since they gained the right to use IE, but this agreement does not bind them to using IE exclusively)

More and more companies and individuals are beginning to realize the liability of using IE. People may see both Bill's and Steeve's mouth moving as they state <b>security is our number one priority</b>. In reality people are left with computers which are attacked, almost weekly, with viruses which cost businesses millions of dollars.

People (this includes those working in professional IT departments) are reading reviews of current browsers in mainstream publications as well as more technically specific publications. Mozilla consistently is shown to be one of the best browsers advailable and usually is ranked higher than IE.

I believe the next phase for Mozilla could be a strong marketing phase. could find ways to let potential users (corporate as well as individual) know the benifits of using Mozilla. could provide information to show people how easy it can be to roll out Mozilla in an corporate setting. I believe some of this marketing is already ongoing and can only get better as people and corporations search for an more secure browser and email solution to IE and its weekly virus attacks.

[BTW Can anyone tell me which "presidental hopeful" the author meant. I am clueless.]

<Chronology of Important Events> <very minor rant>As I read the chronology of important events a thought came to mind: <b>After five years there is still no fix for the Password Manager bug which keeps it for working correctly with forums such as mozillaZine. The password manager should not collect login names after one is provide by the user and the field <i>Title</i> should be left blank.</very minor rant>

Since I have been testing and reporting bugs for Mozilla since Milestone 5 (using a Mac) when the browser would explode if the user so much as sneezed, I guess I will be here when the "MozillaZine is Ten" report is posted. Good work and thanks to all who have assisted with this most worthwhile project. You have all helped to make Mozilla into what I believe is the best browser/mail and news reader out there.

<i>One final postscript</i> <b>We need a robust Internet, with well-supported standards, not proprietary, bug-ridden technologies with limited support and limited access to the developer. We need developers looking to expand access to all, not restrict it and stifle it.</b>

Maybe this vision will soon begin to come to realization because of events beyond Mozilla. The EU is about to bring a final verdict to its antitrust trial with Microsoft. If the EU gets it right and manages to restore competition, Mozilla will face the added challenge as to how to fit into this new competitive world. We must be ready for this challenge and not be a "work-in-progress" if and when it arrives.