After over four years of development, the open source browser suite project dubbed Mozilla has reached its first major release. Mozilla 1.0 is based on the Gecko rendering engine, which provides the display technology behind the suite's Navigator Web browser, Mail & Newsgroup client, IRC Chat client, Composer HTML editor, and Address Book. But the real promise behind the software is that its open, componentized design can be used as the basis for other products, including the next version of Netscape's browser suite. And it runs on a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, UNIX, Mac OS (classic), Mac OS X, and others.
"Mozilla.org is excited about releasing the Mozilla 1.0 code and development tools to the open source community, and providing developers with the resources they need to freely create and view the presentation of their content and data on the Web," said Mitchell Baker, Chief Lizard Wrangler at Mozilla.org. "As the browser has become the main interface between users and
the Web over the past several years, the goal of the Mozilla project is to innovate and enable the creation of standards-compliant technology to keep content on the Web open."
Mozilla 1.0 probably has a bright future, despite entering a market dominated by Microsoft's Internet Explorer. In addition to its inclusion in Netscape 7, Mozilla technology will be included in future AOL and Compuserve clients, most Linux distributions, and various other software projects, including online calendars, media players, and even office productivity suites. For more information about Mozilla and the free download, please visit the Mozilla.org Web site.