Fred Langa Newsletter Features Mozilla Thunderbird

Monday September 8th, 2003

Fabiano Guilherme de Souza (from Brazil) wrote in to tell us that the latest edition of The LangaList, the email newsletter from freelance tech journalist Fred Langa, features a piece about Mozilla Thunderbird. Acting on a tip from a reader, Langa explains Thunderbird's goals and briefly discusses the history of the Mozilla project (though he gets a few details wrong).

#8 I agree in part.

by smkatz

Tuesday September 9th, 2003 4:20 PM

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He does need to clarify that Mosaic is not Netscape.. he lumped the Mosaic-->Mozilla/other competitors together.

and that's really what it was in the beginning. Mosaic was a codebase from which many browsers came from, including Netscape, Spyglass's Mosaic version, and IE.

But the way in which he said it was extremely confusing.

Just to clarify, Netscape is based on Mosaic. So is IE.'s products are the "new" code. They are only very loosely related.

Due to a trademark dispute, we are calling "firebird" Mozilla Firebird, and after a unknown time, it will be the "Mozilla Browser" and no longer referred to by its previous names.

But the article wasn't as bad as the ones that say, "Mozilla uses the Netscape source code as the base of its browser.." No, Netscape uses source. Most proper journalists say we "share" code, which is perfect :-)