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1.6     ! david      20: <p><font size=+1>Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About</font>
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1.6     ! david      22: <p><a href=""></a> is the home of <a href="">over 80</a> Mozilla-based development
        !            23: projects.  The site provides free project hosting for Mozilla application developers and anyone who is interested in using Mozilla for application
        !            24: development is welcome to <a href="">start</a> their own project there.
        !            25: 
        !            26: <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
        !            27: 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
        !            28: can find out more.
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        !            30: <p>Now that has recently released their latest <a href="">1.1 version</a> and Netscape has come
        !            31: out with the latest version of their own Mozilla-based browser, <a href="">Netscape 7</a>, this is a great time
        !            32: to see what other people are building with Mozilla's cross-platform development framework.
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                     34: <p><b>Where did mozdev come from?</b>
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1.6     ! david      36: <p>In August 2000, CollabNet <a href="">acquired Alphanumerica</a>, an Internet design and production
        !            37: company that was working on a number of different Mozilla projects.  Some of these included the <a href="">Theme
        !            38: Builder</a>, <a href="">Script Editor</a> and <a href="">Total Recall</a> projects as well as
        !            39: the <a href="">Aphrodite</a>, Fruity Gum and Sullivan browsers.
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        !            41: <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.  
        !            42: Fortunately CollabNet just happens to create a project hosting tool for open source projects called <a
        !            43: href="">SourceCast</a>.  The rest of the story plays out like the old Reese's Peanut Butter cup
        !            44: commercial.  'Hey, you got your open source projects in my project hosting tool...'
        !            45: 
        !            46: <p>At the end of September 2000 went live hosting the original Alphanumerica projects.  At launch it was announced that any other Mozilla
        !            47: developer was welcome to start their own project on the site as well.  In the two years since then, more than <a
        !            48: href="">80 projects</a> have been started or moved to the site.
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                     50: <p><b>Where does it fit?</b>
1.6     ! david      52: <p>There are many different sites that provide information, tools and resources to the Mozilla community.  mozdev does not try to duplicate any of
        !            53: the effort already being put into these other sites, but instead focuses on assisting Mozilla application developers.
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1.6     ! david      55: <p>For example, <a href="http:/"></a> provides a lot of the same development tools and resources as mozdev does including
        !            56: <a href="">bugzilla</a>, <a href="">cvs hosting</a> and <a
        !            57: href="">newsgroups</a>.  Although both sites have similar tools, the focus is on different things.  The
        !            58: 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
        !            59: that source code.
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        !            61: <p>There are also several great Mozilla advocacy sites, including <a href="">mozillaZine</a>, <a
        !            62: href="">MozillaNews</a> and O'Reilly's <a href="">Mozilla DevCenter</a>, that are
        !            63: 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
        !            64: overlap with the news already being covered by these sites.
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                     66: <p><b>What Is Hosted There?</b>
                     68: <p>There are a wide variety of different projects currently being hosted on mozdev ranging from <a href="">Abzilla</a>, a
1.6     ! david      69: project that is working on adding LDAP support to the address book, to <a href="">XULmine</a>, a XUL-based version of
        !            70: Minesweeper. There are other gaming projects hosted on the site, such as <a href="">Amoeba</a> which is a game engine that
        !            71: allows anyone to create classic "super nintendo" or "early final fantasy" style games.  There are also several arcade style games that can be found
        !            72: at the <a href="">Games project</a>, including Mozinvaders, Mozteroids, Pagman and Xultris.
        !            73: 
        !            74: <p>Other projects include, <a href="">Optimoz</a> which is an add-on to Mozilla that adds support for gestures and pie
        !            75: menus in the browser.  There are also add-ons for a <a href="">spellchecker</a>, an advanced tabs enhancement with <a
        !            76: href="">MultiZilla</a>, and a collection of browser <a href="">themes</a>.  There are also
        !            77: add-ons for other applications, such as <a href="">Enigmail</a> which adds <a href="">GPG</a> and <a
        !            78: href="">PGP</a> encryption support to Mozilla's mail client, and <a href="">CaScadeS</a> which adds a
        !            79: stylesheet editor to Mozilla's HTML composer.
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        !            81: <p>In addition to add-on projects, there are a number of projects working on community evangelism and documentation.  For instance, the <a
        !            82: href="">EU</a> and <a href="">Meetzilla</a> projects are working on coordinating Mozilla developer
        !            83: meetings in Europe and in the United States.  <a href="">PluginDoc</a> is a repository of information on how to install current
        !            84: and legacy browser plugins, and <a href="">MozFR</a> is a project that is translating all current Mozilla documentation into
        !            85: French.
        !            86: 
        !            87: <p>Some stand-alone Mozilla based applications that are hosted on the site are <a href="">Chimera</a> (a small, fast
        !            88: Gecko-based browser for Mac OS X), <a href="">Jabberzilla</a> (a Mozilla-based Jabber client) and <a
        !            89: href="">newsAlert</a> (an emergency broadcast application that keeps you informed of breaking news).  To find out more
        !            90: about the other projects hosted on mozdev, check out the <a href="">all projects</a> list, <a
        !            91: href="">Top 50</a> list and the <a href="">project categories</a>
        !            92: page.
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                     94: <p><b>How Can You Find Out More?</b>
1.6     ! david      96: <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
        !            97: overview of what is going on.  To catch up on what's happened so far, you might also want to look through the <a
        !            98: href="">mozdev news archive</a> and <a href="">mozillaZine news archive</a> to see
        !            99: how far the Mozilla community has come since the original source code was released in March 1998.
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                    101: <p>One other great resource for finding out news about Mozilla-based projects are the <a href="">Independent
1.6     ! david     102: 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
        !           103: developers directly, try posting your question to one of the <a href="">mailing lists</a> or come by <a
        !           104: href="irc://">#mozdev</a> on mozilla's IRC server.
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