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Mozilla is a framework for building web applications.

What is Mozilla?

Mozilla Mozilla is not a web browser.

Mozilla is a framework for building web applications using web standards like CSS, XML, RDF.

Mozilla code is used in Netscape 6 and 7, and in other web browsers such as Firefox and Camino, chat clients, news clients, email clients, games, and other types of web applications for Windows, Linux, and Mac. Mozilla is an open-source web development project developing the program code used in the Mozilla Application Suite (also known as SeaMonkey).

The Mozilla Application Suite is a complete set of web applications (browser, email client, news client, chat client and more). Browsers based on Mozilla code (Mozilla, Firefox, & Camino) is the second largest browser family on the Internet today, representing about 20% of the Internet community. Mozilla browsers are known to have very good web standards support.

The Mozilla Project

The Mozilla Project was created to continue developing Netscape as an open source project. In November 1998 AOL (America Online) purchased Netscape. The development of the core engine for Netscape was moved to an open source project called "The Mozilla Project".

The Mozilla Foundation

The Mozilla Foundation was created in July 2003 when AOL laid off the employees involved in the Mozilla open-source browser team.

Mozilla Foundation's Roadmap

The Mozilla project decided to make a new roadmap for the development. Some of the points in the new roadmap is listed below:

Products of Mozilla

Versions for Windows, Linux, and Mac can be downloaded from:

Confusing Mozilla Names

The very first Netscape browser had a code engine called Mozilla. Netscape 1.0 was powered with a code engine called Mozilla 1.0. Netscape 2.0 used Mozilla 2.0, Netscape 3.0 used Mozilla 3.0, and Netscape 4.0 used Mozilla 4.0.

In 1998 the source code of Netscape 4 was made public - and the development of Netscape 5 was made an open source project.

The open source project for creating Netscape 5 was called "The Mozilla Project". Strangely enough, the code engine for the Mozilla Project was called Gecko.

Unfortunately it took Netscape more than three and a half years after the release of 4.0, to produce its next generation browser. This delay destroyed Netscape's possibilities to remain a credible alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Microsoft released IE 5.0 just after the Mozilla project had started, and was ready with IE 6.0 before Netscape managed to release a workable browser.

Netscape 6.0 based on Gecko M18 (Milestone 18) was released in November 2000.

After the release of Netscape 6.0, the Mozilla Project started to work on Netscape 7 based on an engine called Mozilla 1.0 !!.

Netscape 6 and 7 are built on Mozilla and Netscape and Mozilla are nearly an identical suite of applications.

The current version of Netscape 7 claims to have a code engine called Gecko 1.0 !!

At the moment the Mozilla Project is developing a new web browser called Firefox. Firefox was previously called Mozilla Firebird (which was previously called Phoenix, which claimed to be a new version of Mozilla).

Confused? I am.

The confusing name changes must have something to do with legal issues (I think).

Mozilla Releases

The Mozilla Foundation has released the following versions of Mozilla:


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