Open-source group unleashes Mozilla 1.0

Open-source development group Mozilla.org finally unleashed its long-awaited Mozilla 1.0 browser suite yesterday.

Open-source development group Mozilla.org finally unleashed its long-awaited Mozilla 1.0 browser suite yesterday.

Mozilla 1.0 boasts a Web browser, an e-mail reader and a chat client, as well as a cross-platform toolkit for developing Internet-based applications.

Mozilla's first major public release comes just over a month after the group released the beta version of the software, Mozilla 1.0 Release Candidate 1.

The release has been eagerly awaited by open-source fans who claim that the new browser could give big-name rivals such as MS Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator a run for their money.

The source code for the Mozilla project was initially released by Netscape in early 1998. Since then, thousands of programmers have worked on the project, incorporating features such as tabbed browsing, a chat client, dubbed ChatZilla, and the ability to turn off various JavaScript functions to reduce pop-up ads.

The browser software is powered by the Gecko layout engine, which enables the browser to work as well on devices as it does on desktops.

Mozilla 1.0 is a cross-platform product supporting Windows, Linux and Macintosh versions 8, 9 and OSX operating systems.

The browser suite can be downloaded at www.mozilla.org.

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