"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
"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