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1.6       david       8: <p><font size=+1>Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About</font>
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1.9       david      10: <p><a href=""></a> is the home of <a href="">over 90</a> Mozilla-based development
                     11: 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
                     12: Mozilla application developers and anyone who is interested in using Mozilla for application development is welcome to <a
                     13: href="">start</a> their own project there.
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                     16: <font size="-1">Do you want fries with that project?</font>
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1.10      david      18: <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
                     19: 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
                     20: you can find out more.
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1.9       david      22: <p>Now that is about to release <a href="">Mozilla 1.2</a> and Netscape has come out
                     23: with the latest version of their own Mozilla-based browser, <a href="">Netscape 7</a>, this is a great time to
                     24: see what other people are building with Mozilla's cross-platform development framework.
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                     26: <p><b>Where did mozdev come from?</b>
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1.6       david      28: <p>In August 2000, CollabNet <a href="">acquired Alphanumerica</a>, an Internet design and production
                     29: company that was working on a number of different Mozilla projects.  Some of these included the <a href="">Theme
                     30: Builder</a>, <a href="">Script Editor</a> and <a href="">Total Recall</a> projects as well as
                     31: the <a href="">Aphrodite</a>, Fruity Gum and Sullivan browsers.
                     33: <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.  
                     34: Fortunately CollabNet just happens to create a project hosting tool for open source projects called <a
                     35: href="">SourceCast</a>.  The rest of the story plays out like the old Reese's Peanut Butter cup
                     36: commercial.  'Hey, you got your open source projects in my project hosting tool...'
                     38: <p>At the end of September 2000 went live hosting the original Alphanumerica projects.  At launch it was announced that any other Mozilla
                     39: developer was welcome to start their own project on the site as well.  In the two years since then, more than <a
1.10      david      40: href="">90 projects</a> have been started or moved to the site and 1 or 2 new projects are added each week.
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                     42: <p><b>Where does it fit?</b>
1.10      david      44: <p>There are many different sites that provide information, tools and resources to the Mozilla community.  Asa Dotzler explains how each of these
                     45: different sites work together: "In anatomical terms, I think of mozdev,, and mozillazine as three primary organ systems operating
                     46: together to sustain the flourishing Mozilla community. Without all three of these systems working well we would not be where we are today."
                     48: <p>Each of these sites serves a different main function.  For example, <a href="http:/"></a> provides a lot of the same
                     49: development tools and resources as mozdev does (including <a href="">bugzilla</a>, <a
                     50: href="">cvs hosting</a> and <a href="">newsgroups</a>), but the focus of the two sites
1.11    ! david      51: are on different things.  The site is where the core Mozilla source code is developed.  The projects hosted on mozdev create
1.10      david      52: applications and add-ons that are based on top of that source code.
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                     54: <p>There are also several great Mozilla advocacy sites, including <a href="">mozillaZine</a>, <a
                     55: href="">MozillaNews</a> and O'Reilly's <a href="">Mozilla DevCenter</a>, that are
1.10      david      56: already providing current news to the community.  The news on mozdev compliments these sites by providing updates on the projects and tools hosted
                     57: there.
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                     59: <p><b>What Is Hosted There?</b>
                     61: <p>There are a wide variety of different projects currently being hosted on mozdev ranging from <a href="">Abzilla</a>, a
1.6       david      62: project that is working on adding LDAP support to the address book, to <a href="">XULmine</a>, a XUL-based version of
                     63: Minesweeper. There are other gaming projects hosted on the site, such as <a href="">Amoeba</a> which is a game engine that
                     64: allows anyone to create classic "super nintendo" or "early final fantasy" style games.  There are also several arcade style games that can be found
                     65: at the <a href="">Games project</a>, including Mozinvaders, Mozteroids, Pagman and Xultris.
                     67: <p>Other projects include, <a href="">Optimoz</a> which is an add-on to Mozilla that adds support for gestures and pie
                     68: menus in the browser.  There are also add-ons for a <a href="">spellchecker</a>, an advanced tabs enhancement with <a
                     69: href="">MultiZilla</a>, and a collection of browser <a href="">themes</a>.  There are also
                     70: add-ons for other applications, such as <a href="">Enigmail</a> which adds <a href="">GPG</a> and <a
                     71: href="">PGP</a> encryption support to Mozilla's mail client, and <a href="">CaScadeS</a> which adds a
                     72: stylesheet editor to Mozilla's HTML composer.
                     74: <p>In addition to add-on projects, there are a number of projects working on community evangelism and documentation.  For instance, the <a
                     75: href="">EU</a> and <a href="">Meetzilla</a> projects are working on coordinating Mozilla developer
                     76: meetings in Europe and in the United States.  <a href="">PluginDoc</a> is a repository of information on how to install current
1.10      david      77: and legacy browser plugins, <a href="">MozFR</a> and <a href="">PolMoz</a> are projects that are
                     78: translating current Mozilla documentation into French and Polish respectively.  The recently release <a
                     79: href="">Creating Applications with Mozilla</a> book is also hosted on the site.  People are invited to come
                     80: and contribute suggestions on how to keep the book's content up to date as Mozilla continues to evolve.
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                     82: <p>Some stand-alone Mozilla based applications that are hosted on the site are <a href="">Chimera</a> (a small, fast
                     83: Gecko-based browser for Mac OS X), <a href="">Jabberzilla</a> (a Mozilla-based Jabber client) and <a
                     84: href="">newsAlert</a> (an emergency broadcast application that keeps you informed of breaking news).  To find out more
                     85: about the other projects hosted on mozdev, check out the <a href="">all projects</a> list, <a
1.10      david      86: href="">Top 50</a> list, the <a href="">project categories</a>
                     87: page and the <a href="">Project of the Week</a> page.
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                     89: <p><b>How Can You Find Out More?</b>
1.6       david      91: <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
                     92: overview of what is going on.  To catch up on what's happened so far, you might also want to look through the <a
                     93: href="">mozdev news archive</a> and <a href="">mozillaZine news archive</a> to see
                     94: how far the Mozilla community has come since the original source code was released in March 1998.
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                     96: <p>One other great resource for finding out news about Mozilla-based projects are the <a href="">Independent
1.6       david      97: 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
                     98: developers directly, try posting your question to one of the <a href="">mailing lists</a> or come by <a
                     99: href="irc://">#mozdev</a> on mozilla's IRC server.
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