June 5, 2002

Official press release: Mozilla.org launches Mozilla 1.0

Mozilla.org, the organization
that coordinates Mozilla open-source development and provides services
to assist the Mozilla community, today announced the release of Mozilla
1.0, the first major-version public release of the Mozilla software. A
full-fledged browser suite based on the latest Internet standards as
well as a cross-platform toolkit, Mozilla 1.0 is targeted at the
developer community and enables the creation of Internet-based
applications. Mozilla 1.0 was developed in an open source environment
and built by harnessing the creative power of thousands of programmers
and tens of thousands of testers on the Internet, incorporating their
best enhancements.
Built on the Gecko layout engine, Mozilla 1.0 is cross-platform and
integrates a core set of applications that allow users to access the
capabilities of the Web, including a web browser, an email reader and a
chat client. Gecko is the core browser component in Mozilla 1.0 and was
developed as part of the mozilla.org open source project; it is freely
available for inclusion in third party products. Mozilla 1.0 uses Gecko
to deliver the most advanced, standards-compliant browser across
platforms; the ease of embedding Gecko brings the same power to desktop
applications as well as devices. The release of Mozilla 1.0 signals a
new level of compatibility and maturity of the programming interfaces
provided by Gecko, and paves the way for the arrival of new Gecko-based

In addition, Mozilla 1.0 is a cross-platform toolkit for developing
Internet-based applications. By offering a set of components that can be
used in a wide range of applications, are all open source, free of
charge and have been tested through their use in Mozilla 1.0's end-user
applications, Mozilla 1.0 enables developers to build applications for a
cross-platform, network-centric world. Mozilla 1.0 also expands the
range of developers who can write complex applications since Mozilla's
architecture enables the creation of such complex applications by
building upon the same technologies that are used to create web content.
For instance, Gecko displays web content on the user's screen and parses
and renders HTML and XML content, and this ability to understand and
display HTML and XML is valuable in numerous applications beyond the
browser. In addition, Mozilla's cross-platform component implementation,
Mozilla's cross-platform XML-based user-interface development technology
("XUL"), its networking libraries, its ECMAScript (JavaScript)
implementation, and its security and encryption libraries are all part
of the Mozilla 1.0 cross-platform toolkit for application development.

"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. As more
and more programmers and companies are embracing Mozilla as a strategic
technology, Mozilla 1.0 signals the advent of even further dissemination
and adoption of open source and standards-based software across the

"The Mozilla project has quietly become a key building block in the open
source infrastructure. In addition to the open source Mozilla browser
and the Netscape 7.0 browser, the Mozilla toolkit has been used to
create additional browsers for platforms such as Linux and Mac OS X,
instant messaging clients such as Chatzilla and the cross-platform
Jabber client, and software development tools such as ActiveState's
Komodo IDE," said Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly & Associates,
Inc. "Moreover, there are over 70 distinct projects hosted at
mozdev.org, the community site for Mozilla derivatives. This
industry-wide momentum ought to be considered a major success in
anyone's book."

"The release of Mozilla 1.0 represents 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," said Nat Friedman, Vice President of Product Development
at Ximian Inc. "Most importantly, Mozilla 1.0 is a key part of an
industrial-strength open source desktop."

"The launch of Mozilla 1.0 is a key event for embedders across the Web,
it gives us a stable platform to develop upon in addition to guaranteed
APIs to build applications with," added Philip Langdale, Mozilla
interfacing code maintainer for the Galeon
web browser project. "We would like to congratulate the entire
mozilla.org team for producing such an outstanding product, as key open
source projects including Galeon would not have reached this level of
quality or maturity without their hard work."

By virtue of embedding Gecko, Mozilla 1.0 and products based on Mozilla
code support more web standards, more deeply, more consistently across
more platforms than any others. Mozilla 1.0 features full support for
HTML 4.0, XML 1.0, Resource Description Framework (RDF), Cascading Style
Sheets level 1 (CSS1), and the W3C Document Object Model level 1 (DOM1).
Mozilla 1.0 also has the industry's best support for Cascading Style
Sheets Level 2 (CSS2), the Document Object Model Level 2 (DOM2), and
XHTML. Standards support also includes XML data exchange and
manipulation of XML documents with SOAP 1.1, XSLT, XPath 1.0, and
FIXptr, as well as support for display of mathematical equations using
MathML. Finally, it features a solid foundation of support for data
transport protocols (HTTP, FTP, and SSL/TLS), multilingual character
data (Unicode), graphics (GIF, JPEG, PNG and MNG) and the latest version
of the world's most popular scripting language, JavaScript 1.5.

Further, Mozilla has been designed for easy localization into languages
other than English, and localized versions of Mozilla 1.0 will be
available in the following languages (with more to follow): Asturian,
Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, Galician, German, Georgian, Greek, Hungarian,
Italian, Japanese, Malay, Polish, Slovak, Sorbian and Ukrainian. (For
further details, please visit

Mozilla 1.0 is available for free download at: http://www.mozilla.org.
For additional information on Mozilla 1.0, please visit mozilla.org for
the Mozilla 1.0 Guide.

Mozilla will celebrate the release of Mozilla 1.0 with a party at the
DNA Lounge in San Francisco at 8pm on Wednesday, June 12, 2002. Details
are available at http://mozilla.org/party/2002/flyer.html.
Additional parties are also being planned by Mozilla participants at 126
locations worldwide. Information on these parties can be found at:

About Mozilla.org
Mozilla.org (www.mozilla.org) is the group that exists to make Mozilla a
successful open source project; it supports the entire Mozilla
community. Mozilla.org provides a central point of contact and community
for those interested in using or improving the Mozilla code base.
Mozilla.org provides Open-Source Internet client software that includes
a browser, mail and news functionality, and a toolkit for developing
Web-based applications. Mozilla's code is designed for performance and
portability, features industry-leading standards-support, and makes
extensive use of XUL (Extensible User-interface Language) as an
easy-to-use interface programming tool. Mozilla.org receives code and
contributions from both individual volunteers and from commercial
entities which use Mozilla code as a foundation for product releases.
Mozilla.org was founded by Netscape Communications Corporation.

Mozilla and the Mozilla logo are trademarks of mozilla.org.


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