10 Years of Mozilla - Netscape Goes Open Source

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2008-01-24
 
 
 

10 Years of Mozilla

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10 Years of Mozilla

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Mozilla browser, the most successful open-source product created from a previous commercial product. For this anniversary, we're taking a look back at some of the key moments in Mozilla's history.

By Jim Rapoza

10 Years of Mozilla

10 Years of Mozilla - Netscape Goes Open Source

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Netscape Goes Open Source

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In 1998, after ending up on the losing end of the browser wars with Microsoft, Netscape makes the decision to take its Netscape Communicator Internet suite and convert it into an open-source project.

10 Years of Mozilla - Netscape Goes Open Source

10 Years of Mozilla - Mozilla Code Is Born

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Mozilla Code Is Born

With the original Netscape code proving to be bloated and complex, developers of the open-source Mozilla browser decide to rewrite the code from scratch.

10 Years of Mozilla - Mozilla Code Is Born

10 Years of Mozilla - AOL Jumps the Gun

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AOL Jumps the Gun

With the Mozilla project still under the control of Netscape and its new owner AOL, Netscape 6 is released based on what is still very early Mozilla beta code. While it shows some of the future promise of Mozilla, Netscape 6 is poorly received due to bugginess and feature bloat.

10 Years of Mozilla - AOL Jumps the Gun

10 Years of Mozilla - Mozilla Browser Is Born

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Mozilla Browser Is Born

In June 2002, more than four years after the Netscape code was open-sourced, the first version of the Mozilla suite is finally released to generally positive reviews.

10 Years of Mozilla - Mozilla Browser Is Born

10 Years of Mozilla - Escaping Netscapes Clutches

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Escaping Netscape's Clutches

The Mozilla Foundation is formed in 2003 and the browser is finally free from the stifling oversight of Netscape/AOL. With this newfound freedom, the Foundation quickly moves to create a stand-alone browser and compete directly with Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

10 Years of Mozilla - Escaping Netscapes Clutches

10 Years of Mozilla - Firefox Rises from the Ashes

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Firefox Rises from the Ashes

Version 1.0 of the stand-alone browser, Firefox, is released to widespread critical acclaim and broad user enthusiasm. In its first year it is downloaded over 100 million times.

10 Years of Mozilla - Firefox Rises from the Ashes

10 Years of Mozilla - Mozilla Delivers the Mail

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Mozilla Delivers the Mail

Though Firefox gets most of the attention, the Mozilla Foundation also delivers on the other core piece of the original Netscape suite by releasing Version 1.0 of the Thunderbird e-mail client in 2005.

10 Years of Mozilla - Mozilla Delivers the Mail

10 Years of Mozilla - Going Corporate

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Going Corporate

With the market share of Firefox growing into double digits (all at the expense of IE), Mozilla Corp. is formed to market Firefox and generate revenue from its growth.

10 Years of Mozilla - Going Corporate

10 Years of Mozilla - Firefoxs Second Act

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Firefox's Second Act

In 2006 Firefox 2.0 is released. This version focuses on improved usability and new security features, but is essentially a modest upgrade from the previous version.

10 Years of Mozilla - Firefoxs Second Act

10 Years of Mozilla - SeaMonkey Launches

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SeaMonkey Launches

With the original Mozilla suite no longer under development by Mozilla, developers relaunch it under the early Mozilla code name of SeaMonkey, once again giving users the option of a full Internet suite.

10 Years of Mozilla - SeaMonkey Launches

10 Years of Mozilla - Firefox: The Next Generation

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Firefox: The Next Generation

Late 2007 sees the second beta of Firefox 3. This version includes many new features, such as support for Web 2.0 and social networking as well as offline Web application support.

10 Years of Mozilla - Firefox: The Next Generation

10 Years of Mozilla - Bye-Bye, Netscape

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Bye-Bye, Netscape

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In a nice bit of symmetry, almost exactly 10 years after Mozilla is born from the ashes of the Netscape Communicator Suite, it is announced that the Netscape browser, which has limped along all this time (using mainly Mozilla code) will cease to be developed.

10 Years of Mozilla - Bye-Bye, Netscape

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