History of the Mozilla Project
As a major open source project, Mozilla has played an important
role in the open source movement as a whole. Of course, Mozilla
has its own colorful history. Here are a few historic documents
from the project's lifetime, along with a timeline of the Mozilla
Project's life story.
Note that "Mozilla" was Netscape's internal name for its own browser,
and the Mozilla Application Suite 1.0 was referred to as "Mozilla 5.0"
(the next "Mozilla" after Netscape Communicator 4) for the first
several years of the Mozilla Project.
Announces Plans to Make Next-Generation Communicator Source Code Available
Free on the Net
- Netscape's original press announcement about the release of the
Mozilla source code. (January 22, 1998)
Announces mozilla.org, a Dedicated Team and Web Site Supporting Development
of Free Client Source Code
- Netscape's press announcement about the creation of mozilla.org.
(February 23, 1998)
- Why Mozilla
- Our first essay is a piece of unabashed evangelism by longtime
Phillips, in which he tries to explain to you why it is in your
best interest to help this project succeed. (March 3, 1998)
- A big Thank You to everyone who helped make the initial release of
the Mozilla source code possible.
the Source: The Story of Mozilla
- An essay written as a chapter for the book,
Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution.
By Jim Hamerly and Tom Paquin with Susan Walton. (Published January 1999)
- Mozilla Apologator
- An apology for why Mozilla is what it is, and how we got here, for
better or for worse. By Michael Troy. (June 19, 1998)
- Lays out plans to drop the old communicator codebase in favor of
the new layout engine and cross-platform front-end toolkit.
By Brendan Eich. (October 26, 1998)
- Fear and Loathing on the
- What does the AOL deal mean to Mozilla? From when the deal was
announced for AOL to buy Netscape.
By Jamie Zawinsky. (November 23, 1998)
- Mozilla at One
- Written at our first anniversary. A look at what we accomplished
after a year and what still lay ahead of us.
By Frank Hecker. (April 2, 1999)
- News from the Front
- A Mozilla progress report.
By Mike Shaver. (July 27, 1999)
- Maps the road to Mozilla 1.0.
By Brendan Eich. (September 25, 2000)
- A who-what-when-why-how explanation of Mozilla 1.0.
By Brendan Eich. (October 16, 2000)
- Mozilla relicensing begins: more than 6000 NPL files are relicensed
under an MPL/GPL/LGPL tri-licence. (September 2001)
- Plans for a more stabilized release cycle.
By Brendan Eich. (June 5, 2002)
Innovation, Gecko and the Mozilla Project
- An essay covering the big picture, Gecko, XUL, Camino and Safari, and
why web browsers still matter. Written shortly after Apple announced
the use of KHTML rather than Gecko for its web browser Safari.
By Mitchell Baker. (March 6, 2003)
- Announces the switch in Mozilla development focus from Seamonkey (the
Mozilla Application Suite) to Firefox.
By Brendan Eich. (April 2, 2003)
Announces Launch of the Mozilla Foundation to Lead Open Source
- Original press release announcing the formation of the Mozilla
Foundation. (July 15, 2003)
- AOL Cuts
Remaining Mozilla Hackers
- MozillaZine reports the
demise of Netscape. (July 15, 2003)
Firefox - Brand Name FAQ
- Mozilla Firebird renamed to Mozilla Firefox. Firefox has gone through
changes in the past.
(February 9, 2004)
Application Suite - Transition Plan
- Mozilla Staff's announcement that the Mozilla Foundation will
discontinue official releases of the Mozilla Application Suite.
(March 10, 2005)
- Mozilla Foundation
- The Mozilla Foundation announces and explains the creation of
the Mozilla Corporation. (August 3, 2005)