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                     11: - add birthday blurb
                     12: - add screenshot?
                     13: - add books project
                     14: - update to 90 projects
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        !            18: * In anatomical terms, I think of mozdev, mozilla.org, and mozillazine as three primary organ systems operating together to sustain the flourishing 
        !            19: Mozilla community. Without all three of these systems working well we would not be where we are today.
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1.6       david      24: <p><font size=+1>Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About mozdev.org...</font>
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1.6       david      26: <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
                     27: projects.  The site provides free project hosting for Mozilla application developers and anyone who is interested in using Mozilla for application
                     28: development is welcome to <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/start.html">start</a> their own project there.
                     29: 
                     30: <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
                     31: 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
                     32: can find out more.
                     33: 
                     34: <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
                     35: 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
                     36: to see what other people are building with Mozilla's cross-platform development framework.
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                     38: <p><b>Where did mozdev come from?</b>
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1.6       david      40: <p>In August 2000, CollabNet <a href="http://www.collab.net/sites/a12a_redirect/">acquired Alphanumerica</a>, an Internet design and production
                     41: company that was working on a number of different Mozilla projects.  Some of these included the <a href="http://chameleon.mozdev.org">Theme
                     42: Builder</a>, <a href="http://scripteditor.mozdev.org">Script Editor</a> and <a href="http://recall.mozdev.org">Total Recall</a> projects as well as
                     43: the <a href="http://aphrodite.mozdev.org">Aphrodite</a>, Fruity Gum and Sullivan browsers.
                     44: 
                     45: <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.  
                     46: Fortunately CollabNet just happens to create a project hosting tool for open source projects called <a
                     47: href="http://www.collab.net/products/sourcecast/">SourceCast</a>.  The rest of the story plays out like the old Reese's Peanut Butter cup
                     48: commercial.  'Hey, you got your open source projects in my project hosting tool...'
                     49: 
                     50: <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
                     51: developer was welcome to start their own project on the site as well.  In the two years since then, more than <a
                     52: href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">80 projects</a> have been started or moved to the site.
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                     54: <p><b>Where does it fit?</b>
                     55: 
1.6       david      56: <p>There are many different sites that provide information, tools and resources to the Mozilla community.  mozdev does not try to duplicate any of
                     57: the effort already being put into these other sites, but instead focuses on assisting Mozilla application developers.
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1.6       david      59: <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
                     60: <a href="http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/">bugzilla</a>, <a href="http://mozilla.org/cvs.html">cvs hosting</a> and <a
                     61: href="http://mozilla.org/community.html">newsgroups</a>.  Although both sites have similar tools, the focus is on different things.  The mozilla.org
                     62: 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
                     63: that source code.
                     64: 
                     65: <p>There are also several great Mozilla advocacy sites, including <a href="http://www.mozillazine.org">mozillaZine</a>, <a
                     66: href="http://www.mozillanews.org">MozillaNews</a> and O'Reilly's <a href="http://www.oreillynet.com/mozilla/">Mozilla DevCenter</a>, that are
                     67: 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
                     68: overlap with the news already being covered by these sites.
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                     70: <p><b>What Is Hosted There?</b>
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                     72: <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
1.6       david      73: 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
                     74: Minesweeper. 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
                     75: allows anyone to create classic "super nintendo" or "early final fantasy" style games.  There are also several arcade style games that can be found
                     76: at the <a href="http://games.mozdev.org">Games project</a>, including Mozinvaders, Mozteroids, Pagman and Xultris.
                     77: 
                     78: <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
                     79: 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
                     80: href="http://multizilla.mozdev.org/">MultiZilla</a>, and a collection of browser <a href="http://themes.mozdev.org/">themes</a>.  There are also
                     81: 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
                     82: 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
                     83: stylesheet editor to Mozilla's HTML composer.
                     84: 
                     85: <p>In addition to add-on projects, there are a number of projects working on community evangelism and documentation.  For instance, the <a
                     86: href="http://eu.mozdev.org">EU</a> and <a href="http://meetzilla.mozdev.org">Meetzilla</a> projects are working on coordinating Mozilla developer
                     87: 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
                     88: and legacy browser plugins, and <a href="http://mozfr.mozdev.org/">MozFR</a> is a project that is translating all current Mozilla documentation into
                     89: French.
                     90: 
                     91: <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
                     92: Gecko-based browser for Mac OS X), <a href="http://jabberzilla.mozdev.org">Jabberzilla</a> (a Mozilla-based Jabber client) and <a
                     93: href="http://newsalert.mozdev.org/">newsAlert</a> (an emergency broadcast application that keeps you informed of breaking news).  To find out more
                     94: about the other projects hosted on mozdev, check out the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">all projects</a> list, <a
                     95: 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>
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                     98: <p><b>How Can You Find Out More?</b>
                     99: 
1.6       david     100: <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
                    101: overview of what is going on.  To catch up on what's happened so far, you might also want to look through the <a
                    102: 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
                    103: how far the Mozilla community has come since the original source code was released in March 1998.
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                    105: <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
1.6       david     106: 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
                    107: 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
                    108: href="irc://irc.mozilla.org/#mozdev">#mozdev</a> on mozilla's IRC server.
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