Mozilla 1.0 Finally Released

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-06-05 Print this article Print

After some four years in the making, the Mozilla 1.0 open-source Web browser suite was released on Wednesday.

After some four years in the making, the Mozilla 1.0 open-source Web browser suite was released on Wednesday. The code for the browser can be downloaded from the Web site, founded by Netscape Communications Corp. to develop its browser in an open-source environment.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the community said Mozilla 1.0 was not only a full-fledged browser suite based on the latest Internet standards but also a cross-platform toolkit that was targeted at the developer community.
Linux and open-source vendors and developers also welcomed the news of the release of the browser. Nat Friedman, the vice president of product development at Ximian Inc said its release represented a "huge milestone for the free software community. "From browser technology to software development tools, the Mozilla project has had an enormous impact on open-source development. Mozilla 1.0 is a key part of an industrial-strength open-source desktop," he said. Matthew Szulik, the CEO, president and chairman of Red Hat Inc. agreed, telling eWEEK that the browser was the key to the desktop. "We are very pleased with the progress of Mozilla and welcome its availability," he said. Mozilla will be used as the default browser by Red Hat, which distributes the most popular Linux distribution. Red Hat Linux already ships with the Mozilla browser. Mozilla 1.0 is built on the Gecko layout engine and integrates a core set of applications that allow users to access the capabilities of the Web, including a Web browser, an e-mail reader and a chat client. Gecko is the core browser component in Mozilla 1.0 and delivers a standards-compliant browser across platforms, and the release of Mozilla 1.0 signals a new level of compatibility and maturity of the programming interfaces provided by Gecko. It also paved the way for the arrival of new Gecko-based products, the community said. In addition, Mozilla 1.0 is a cross-platform toolkit for developing Internet-based applications that enables developers to build applications for a cross-platform, network-centric world. Localized versions of Mozilla 1.0 will also be available in Asturian, Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, Galician, German, Georgian, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Polish, Slovak, Serbian and Ukrainian. But Giga Information Group analyst Stacey Quandt has told eWEEK previously that the impact of the browsers release would probably be limited to people already using the Gnome desktop environment and other Netscape products, and who wanted the feature and functionality that version 1.0 brought. "I doubt many of those people already using the Opera browser and the Konquerer browser found in KDE, which is the predominant open source desktop environment, will find anything compelling enough in Mozilla 1.0 to shift across," she said.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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