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<p><a href="http://www.mozdev.org">mozdev.org</a> is the home for over 40 Mozilla-based development projects.  The site provides free project hosting and<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.
tools for Mozilla application developers.  Anyone who is interested in using Mozilla for application development is welcome to host their own project 
there. 
 
<p>To keep people informed of the latest mozdev news, a news feed is being set up on the DevCenter that will provide information about the latest 
developments on the site.  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. 
 
<p>Mozilla has proved to be a great framework for developing cross platform applications, although for a long time the constant changes to Mozilla itself 
has made creating applications difficult.  Now that mozilla.org has just released <a href="http://mozilla.org/releases/mozilla0.9.3/">version 0.9.3</a> 
and things are becoming more and more stable as 1.0 gets closer, now is the perfect time to take a look at mozdev and see what people are doing with  
Mozilla. 
   
<p><b>Where did it come from?</b><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.
 
 <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><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 company
 that was working on a number of different Mozilla projects.  Some of these included the <a href="http://chameleon.mozdev.org">Theme Builder</a>, <a  that was working on a number of different Mozilla projects.  Some of these included the <a href="http://chameleon.mozdev.org">Theme Builder</a>, <a
 href="http://scripteditor.mozdev.org">Script Editor</a> and <a href="http://recall.mozdev.org">Total Recall</a> as well as the <a  href="http://scripteditor.mozdev.org">Script Editor</a> and <a href="http://recall.mozdev.org">Total Recall</a> as well as the <a
href="http://aphrodite.mozdev.org">Aphrodite</a>, Fruity Gum and Sullivan skin design projects.href="http://aphrodite.mozdev.org">Aphrodite</a>, Fruity Gum and Sullivan theme design projects.
   
 <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.  Fortunately
 CollabNet just happens to create a project hosting tool for open source projects called <a  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 an 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 commercial.  
 'Hey, you got your open source projects in my project hosting tool...'  'Hey, you got your open source projects in my project hosting tool...'
   
<p>At the end of September mozdev.org went live hosting the original Alphanumerica projects.  At launch it was announced that any other Mozilla developer<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.
was welcome to start their own project on the site as well.  Since then more than <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">40 projects</a> have been 
started or moved to the site. 
   
 <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.  mozdev does not try to duplicate any of the
 effort already being put into these other sites, but instead focuses on assisting Mozilla application developers.  effort already being put into these other sites, but instead focuses on assisting Mozilla application developers.
   
<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, but it's focus<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.
is on the Mozilla source code.  The code on mozdev uses the Mozilla code by creating projects that are based on this code.  The same kind of relationship 
can be seen between a site that is devoted to Linux kernel development and a site devoted to developing Linux applications. 
   
<p>There are also two great Mozilla advocacy sites, <a href="http://www.mozillazine.org">mozillaZine</a> and O'Reilly's <a<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 is focused  href="http://www.oreillynet.com/mozilla/">Mozilla DevCenter</a>, that are already providing current news to the community.  The news on mozdev is focused
on the projects and tools hosted there, so the mozdev news shouldn't overlap with the news already being posted on the DevCenter.on the projects and tools hosted there, so the mozdev news shouldn't overlap with the news already being covered by these sites.
   
 <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://xulmaker.mozdev.org">XULMaker</a>, a visual XUL editor.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.
Each project is different and is doing something unique, although each developer is taking advantage of the flexibility and power of Mozilla as anThere are other gaming projects hosted on the site, such as <a href="http://amoeba.mozdev.org">Amoeba</a> which is a game engine
application development framework.that allows anyone to create classic "super nintendo" or "early final fantasy" style games.  There are also several arcade style games that can be
found at the <a href="http://games.mozdev.org">Games project</a>, including Mozinvaders, Mozteroids, Pagman and Xultris.
<p><a href="http://jabberzilla.mozdev.org">Jabberzilla</a> is a Mozilla-based Jabber client integrated into the browser.  mozdev is also running a Jabber
server, so install Jabberzilla and <a href="http://jabberzilla.mozdev.org/notes/start.html">come talk</a> to other developers on the site.  Another <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
project that is working on integrating new functionality into the browser is <a href="http://multizilla.mozdev.org">MultiZilla</a> which is creating a href="http://www.gnupg.org">GPG</a> and <a
multi-tabbed window extension for Mozilla.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.
 
<p>There are also a number of gaming projects on the site.  <a href="http://amoeba.mozdev.org">Amoeba</a> is a project that is creating a game engine 
which will allow anyone to create classic "super nintendo" or "early final fantasy" style games.  There are also several arcade style games that can be 
found at the main <a href="http://games.mozdev.org">Games site</a>, including Mozinvaders, Mozteroids, Pagman and Xultris. 
 
<p>Some of the projects on the site aren't really development projects at all.  Both <a href="http://eu.mozdev.org">EU</a> and <a 
href="http://meetzilla.mozdev.org">Meetzilla</a> are projects that work on coordinating Mozilla developer meetings in Europe and in the United States.   
The <a href="http://xblref.mozdev.org">XBLref</a> project is not using XBL to create anything, but instead is documenting XBL just like the <a  
href="http://mozilla.org/xpfe/xulref/">XUL Programmer's Reference</a> documents XUL. 
   
<p>This list contains just some of the projects on mozdev, and new projects are always welcome.  If there is a Mozilla application you are currently<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
working on or would like to start development on, feel free to come to the site and <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/start.html">start a new project</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.
 
 <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><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 overview of
 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 news  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 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 Marcharchive</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.
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.  The reports feature status updates from project developers and is a great way to find outStatus 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.
news about a specific project and to see how usable Mozilla is becoming for application development.  Check these reports out if you want to read more
about these projects or if you have your own project that you would like to provide a report for. 

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