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WashingtonPost.com: Mozilla, an Old Browser New Again

Jun 17, 2002, 14:30 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Pegoraro)

[ Thanks to is for this link. ]

"Why should anybody care that a bunch of programmers, after starting work in 1998, finally shipped an open-source version of a Web browser that most people abandoned years ago?

"Two reasons should suffice: Mozilla 1.0 blocks pop-up ads, but it doesn't make you give up any of the best features of Internet Explorer. In other words, you don't need to dislike Microsoft to like Mozilla.

"Four years is a horrendously long time in the oven for any release, but there is a real reward in this free, 10-to-15-megabyte download (www.mozilla.org) for Windows, Mac and Linux, plus several other operating systems. Netscape's decision in early 1998 to open its source code for outsiders to view and improve has -- after numerous detours -- resulted in a browser that's fast and accurate. And unlike Internet Explorer and Netscape (itself built on Mozilla code), this version doesn't serve any tech oligopolist's marketing dreams..."

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