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Happy B-day: Mozilla Turns Twenty Years Old

March 31, 1998 was the day when everything officially started. I say happy B-day Mozilla, better late than never I guess. uhoh

Official Mozilla Logo. Picture Source: Mozilla

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Two announcements had been made by Netscape Communications Corporation back in January 22nd, 1998. The first was that its Netscape Communicator client software and its Netscape Navigator browser were being made available free in a bold move to attract more users.

The keypoint of the second announcement was:

The company plans to post the source code beginning with the first Netscape Communicator 5.0 developer release, expected by the end of the first quarter of 1998.

The press release went on to explain:

This aggressive move will enable Netscape to harness the creative power of thousands of programmers on the Internet by incorporating their best enhancements into future versions of Netscape’s software. This strategy is designed to accelerate development and free distribution by Netscape of future high-quality versions of Netscape Communicator to business customers and individuals, further seeding the market for Netscape’s enterprise solutions and Netcenter business.

The context here is that this was the era when Microsoft, which has licensed the popular Mosaic browser, had created Internet Explorer, Version 1.0 had been released it as part of the Windows 95 Plus! Internet Explorer 4.0 was later fully integrated into the Windows OS.

Thank you, Mozilla!

I know I’m always hard on Mozilla, maybe because I think it could be a better project/ organization and that some changes which were made during the past years are not the ones I like to see – but I take my change and say ‘thanks’ to fight for us. Keep ‘rockn!

I started using Mozilla briefly after it was officially called that – I remember waiting forever for it to download over my own ISDN line. I don’t even remember why, exactly, just that I deeply disliked Internet Explorer and I still do. Eventually, two killer features came along, tabs and ad-blockers. Afterwards, I never looked back until I switched to Chromium.

However I still use and test Firefox almost daily and Thunderbird is still the way to go for eMails.