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<p><a href="http://www.mozdev.org">mozdev.org</a> is the home of <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">over 80</a> Mozilla-based development projects.  The site provides free project hosting for Mozilla application developers and anyone who is interested in using Mozilla for application development is welcome to <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/start.html">start</a> their own project there.<p><a href="http://www.mozdev.org">mozdev.org</a> is the home of <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">over 90</a> Mozilla-based development
projects (with an orange and red design the site also sort of looks like the inside of a McDonald's).  The site provides free project hosting for
<p>To keep people informed of the latest mozdev news, a news feed is being set up on the Mozilla DevCenter.  This brief introduction will also provide some background about where mozdev came from, how it fits into the Mozilla community, what you will be able to find on the site, and how you can find out more.Mozilla application developers and anyone who is interested in using Mozilla for application development is welcome to <a
href="http://www.mozdev.org/start.html">start</a> their own project there.
<p>Now that mozilla.org has recently released their latest <a href="http://mozilla.org/releases/mozilla1.1/">1.1 version</a> and Netscape has come out with the latest version of their own Mozilla-based browser, <a href="ftp://ftp.netscape.com/pub/netscape7/">Netscape 7</a>, this is a great time to see what other people are building with Mozilla's cross-platform development framework.
 <p><img src="http://books.mozdev.org/articles/mozdev_home.gif"><br>
 <font size="-1">Do you want fries with that project?</font>
 
 <p>To keep people informed of the latest mozdev news, a news feed has been set up on the Mozilla DevCenter.  This brief introduction to mozdev will
 provide some background about where the site came from, how it fits into the Mozilla community, what you will be able to find on the site, and how
 you can find out more.
 
 <p>Now that mozilla.org is about to release <a href="http://mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=2543">Mozilla 1.2</a> and Netscape has come out
 with the latest version of their own Mozilla-based browser, <a href="ftp://ftp.netscape.com/pub/netscape7/">Netscape 7</a>, this is a great time to
 see what other people are building with Mozilla's cross-platform development framework.
   
 <p><b>Where did mozdev come from?</b>  <p><b>Where did mozdev come from?</b>
   
<p>In August 2000, CollabNet <a href="http://www.collab.net/sites/a12a_redirect/">acquired Alphanumerica</a>, an Internet design and production company<p>In August 2000, CollabNet <a href="http://www.collab.net/sites/a12a_redirect/">acquired Alphanumerica</a>, an Internet design and production
that was working on a number of different Mozilla projects.  Some of these included the <a href="http://chameleon.mozdev.org">Theme Builder</a>, <acompany that was working on a number of different Mozilla projects.  Some of these included the <a href="http://chameleon.mozdev.org">Theme
href="http://scripteditor.mozdev.org">Script Editor</a> and <a href="http://recall.mozdev.org">Total Recall</a> projects as well as the <aBuilder</a>, <a href="http://scripteditor.mozdev.org">Script Editor</a> and <a href="http://recall.mozdev.org">Total Recall</a> projects as well as
href="http://aphrodite.mozdev.org">Aphrodite</a>, Fruity Gum and Sullivan browsers.the <a href="http://aphrodite.mozdev.org">Aphrodite</a>, Fruity Gum and Sullivan browsers.
<p>After the merger it was necessary to find a new place to host these projects since the Alphanumerica site was going to be taken down.  Fortunately<p>After the merger it was necessary to find a new place to host these projects since the Alphanumerica site was going to be taken down.  
CollabNet just happens to create a project hosting tool for open source projects called <aFortunately CollabNet just happens to create a project hosting tool for open source projects called <a
href="http://www.collab.net/products/sourcecast/">SourceCast</a>.  The rest of the story plays out like the old Reese's Peanut Butter cup commercial.  href="http://www.collab.net/products/sourcecast/">SourceCast</a>.  The rest of the story plays out like the old Reese's Peanut Butter cup
'Hey, you got your open source projects in my project hosting tool...'commercial.  'Hey, you got your open source projects in my project hosting tool...'
<p>At the end of September 2000 mozdev.org went live hosting the original Alphanumerica projects.  At launch it was announced that any other Mozilla developer was welcome to start their own project on the site as well.  In the two years since then, more than <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">80 projects</a> have been started or moved to the site.<p>At the end of September 2000 mozdev.org went live hosting the original Alphanumerica projects.  At launch it was announced that any other Mozilla
 developer was welcome to start their own project on the site as well.  In the two years since then, more than <a
 href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">90 projects</a> have been started or moved to the site and 1 or 2 new projects are added each week.
   
 <p><b>Where does it fit?</b>  <p><b>Where does it fit?</b>
   
<p>There are many different sites that provide information, tools and resources to the Mozilla community.  mozdev does not try to duplicate any of the<p>There are many different sites that provide information, tools and resources to the Mozilla community.  Asa Dotzler explains how each of these
effort already being put into these other sites, but instead focuses on assisting Mozilla application developers.different sites work together: "In anatomical terms, I think of mozdev, mozilla.org, and mozillazine as three primary organ systems operating
together to sustain the flourishing Mozilla community. Without all three of these systems working well we would not be where we are today."
<p>For example, <a href="http:/www.mozilla.org">mozilla.org</a> provides a lot of the same development tools and resources as mozdev does including <a href="http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/">bugzilla</a>, <a href="http://mozilla.org/cvs.html">cvs hosting</a> and <a href="http://mozilla.org/community.html">newsgroups</a>.  Although both sites have similar tools, the focus is on different things.  The mozilla.org site focuses on developing the core Mozilla source code.  The projects hosted on mozdev create applications and add-ons that are based on top of that source code.
<p>Each of these sites serves a different main function.  For example, <a href="http:/www.mozilla.org">mozilla.org</a> provides a lot of the same
<p>There are also several great Mozilla advocacy sites, including <a href="http://www.mozillazine.org">mozillaZine</a>, <a href="http://www.mozillanews.org">MozillaNews</a> and O'Reilly's <adevelopment tools and resources as mozdev does (including <a href="http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/">bugzilla</a>, <a
href="http://www.oreillynet.com/mozilla/">Mozilla DevCenter</a>, that are already providing current news to the community.  The news on mozdev is focusedhref="http://mozilla.org/cvs.html">cvs hosting</a> and <a href="http://mozilla.org/community.html">newsgroups</a>), but the focus of the two sites
on the projects and tools hosted there, so the mozdev news shouldn't overlap with the news already being covered by these sites.are on different things.  The mozilla.org site is where the core Mozilla source code is developed.  The projects hosted on mozdev create
 applications and add-ons that are based on top of that source code.
 
 <p>There are also several great Mozilla advocacy sites, including <a href="http://www.mozillazine.org">mozillaZine</a>, <a
 href="http://www.mozillanews.org">MozillaNews</a> and O'Reilly's <a href="http://www.oreillynet.com/mozilla/">Mozilla DevCenter</a>, that are
 already providing current news to the community.  The news on mozdev compliments these sites by providing updates on the projects and tools hosted
 there.
   
 <p><b>What Is Hosted There?</b>  <p><b>What Is Hosted There?</b>
   
 <p>There are a wide variety of different projects currently being hosted on mozdev ranging from <a href="http://abzilla.mozdev.org">Abzilla</a>, a  <p>There are a wide variety of different projects currently being hosted on mozdev ranging from <a href="http://abzilla.mozdev.org">Abzilla</a>, a
project that is working on adding LDAP support to the address book, to <a href="http://xulmine.mozdev.org">XULmine</a>, a XUL-based version of Minesweeper.project that is working on adding LDAP support to the address book, to <a href="http://xulmine.mozdev.org">XULmine</a>, a XUL-based version of
There are other gaming projects hosted on the site, such as <a href="http://amoeba.mozdev.org">Amoeba</a> which is a game engineMinesweeper. There are other gaming projects hosted on the site, such as <a href="http://amoeba.mozdev.org">Amoeba</a> which is a game engine that
that allows anyone to create classic "super nintendo" or "early final fantasy" style games.  There are also several arcade style games that can beallows anyone to create classic "super nintendo" or "early final fantasy" style games.  There are also several arcade style games that can be found
found at the <a href="http://games.mozdev.org">Games project</a>, including Mozinvaders, Mozteroids, Pagman and Xultris.at the <a href="http://games.mozdev.org">Games project</a>, including Mozinvaders, Mozteroids, Pagman and Xultris.
<p>Other projects include, <a href="http://optimoz.mozdev.org">Optimoz</a> which is an add-on to Mozilla that adds support for gestures and pie menus in the browser.  There are also add-ons for a <a href="http://spellchecker.mozdev.org/">spellchecker</a>, an advanced tabs enhancement with <a href="http://multizilla.mozdev.org/">MultiZilla</a>, and a collection of browser <a href="http://themes.mozdev.org/">themes</a>.  There are also add-ons for other applications, such as <a href="http://enigmail.mozdev.org/">Enigmail</a> which adds <a<p>Other projects include, <a href="http://optimoz.mozdev.org">Optimoz</a> which is an add-on to Mozilla that adds support for gestures and pie
href="http://www.gnupg.org">GPG</a> and <amenus in the browser.  There are also add-ons for a <a href="http://spellchecker.mozdev.org/">spellchecker</a>, an advanced tabs enhancement with <a
href="http://www.pgpi.org">PGP</a> encryption support to Mozilla's mail client, and <a href="http://cascades.mozdev.org">CaScadeS</a> which adds a stylesheet editor to Mozilla's HTML composer.href="http://multizilla.mozdev.org/">MultiZilla</a>, and a collection of browser <a href="http://themes.mozdev.org/">themes</a>.  There are also
add-ons for other applications, such as <a href="http://enigmail.mozdev.org/">Enigmail</a> which adds <a href="http://www.gnupg.org">GPG</a> and <a
<p>In addition to add-on projects, there are a number of projects working on community evangelism and documentation.  For instance, the <a href="http://eu.mozdev.org">EU</a> and <ahref="http://www.pgpi.org">PGP</a> encryption support to Mozilla's mail client, and <a href="http://cascades.mozdev.org">CaScadeS</a> which adds a
href="http://meetzilla.mozdev.org">Meetzilla</a> projects are working on coordinating Mozilla developer meetings in Europe and in the United States.  <a href="plugindoc.mozdev.org">PluginDoc</a> is a repository of information on how to install current and legacy browser plugins, and <a href="http://mozfr.mozdev.org/">MozFR</a> is a project that is translating all current Mozilla documentation into French.stylesheet editor to Mozilla's HTML composer.
<p>Some stand-alone Mozilla based applications that are hosted on the site are <a href="http://chimera.mozdev.org">Chimera</a> (a small, fast Gecko-based browser for Mac OS X), <a href="http://jabberzilla.mozdev.org">Jabberzilla</a> (a Mozilla-based Jabber client) and <a href="http://newsalert.mozdev.org/">newsAlert</a> (an emergency broadcast application that keeps you informed of breaking news).  To find out more about the other projects hosted on mozdev, check out the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">all projects</a> list, <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/logs/top50.html">Top 50</a> list and the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/categories/index.html">project categories</a> page.<p>In addition to add-on projects, there are a number of projects working on community evangelism and documentation.  For instance, the <a
 href="http://eu.mozdev.org">EU</a> and <a href="http://meetzilla.mozdev.org">Meetzilla</a> projects are working on coordinating Mozilla developer
 meetings in Europe and in the United States.  <a href="plugindoc.mozdev.org">PluginDoc</a> is a repository of information on how to install current
 and legacy browser plugins, <a href="http://mozfr.mozdev.org/">MozFR</a> and <a href="http://polmoz.mozdev.org">PolMoz</a> are projects that are
 translating current Mozilla documentation into French and Polish.  The recently release <a href="http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mozilla/">Creating
 Applications with Mozilla</a> book is also hosted on the site.  People are invited to come to the <a href="http://books.mozdev.org">books</a>
 project and contribute suggestions on how to keep the content up to date as Mozilla continues to evolve.
 
 <p>Some stand-alone Mozilla based applications that are hosted on the site are <a href="http://chimera.mozdev.org">Chimera</a> (a small, fast
 Gecko-based browser for Mac OS X), <a href="http://jabberzilla.mozdev.org">Jabberzilla</a> (a Mozilla-based Jabber client) and <a
 href="http://newsalert.mozdev.org/">newsAlert</a> (an emergency broadcast application that keeps you informed of breaking news).  To find out more
 about the other projects hosted on mozdev, check out the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">all projects</a> list, <a
 href="http://www.mozdev.org/logs/top50.html">Top 50</a> list, the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/categories/index.html">project categories</a>
 page and the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/featured/index.html">Project of the Week</a> page.
   
 <p><b>How Can You Find Out More?</b>  <p><b>How Can You Find Out More?</b>
   
<p>If you are interested in finding out more about mozdev and the projects hosted there, the news feed on the DevCenter will provide a great overview of<p>If you are interested in finding out more about mozdev and the projects hosted there, the news feed on the DevCenter will provide a great
what is going on.  To catch up on what's happened so far, you might also want to look through the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/news.html">mozdev newsoverview of what is going on.  To catch up on what's happened so far, you might also want to look through the <a
archive</a> and <a href="http://mozillazine.org/archive.html">mozillaZine news archive</a> to see how far the Mozilla community has come since the original source code was released in March 1998.href="http://www.mozdev.org/news.html">mozdev news archive</a> and <a href="http://mozillazine.org/archive.html">mozillaZine news archive</a> to see
 how far the Mozilla community has come since the original source code was released in March 1998.
   
 <p>One other great resource for finding out news about Mozilla-based projects are the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/status/index.html">Independent  <p>One other great resource for finding out news about Mozilla-based projects are the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/status/index.html">Independent
Status Reports</a> that are posted regularly to mozillaZine.  If you have questions about a project hosted on mozdev and would like to talk to the developers directly, try posting your question to one of the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/mailing-lists.html">mailing lists</a> or come by <a href="irc://irc.mozilla.org/#mozdev">#mozdev</a> on mozilla's IRC server.Status Reports</a> that are posted regularly to mozillaZine.  If you have questions about a project hosted on mozdev and would like to talk to the
 developers directly, try posting your question to one of the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/mailing-lists.html">mailing lists</a> or come by <a
 href="irc://irc.mozilla.org/#mozdev">#mozdev</a> on mozilla's IRC server.
   

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