4: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About mozdev.org...
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10: <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
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="http://www.mozdev.org/start.html">start</a> their own project there.
15: <p><img src="http://books.mozdev.org/articles/mozdev_home.gif"><br>
16: <font size="-1">Do you want fries with that project?</font>
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.
22: <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
23: 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
24: see what other people are building with Mozilla's cross-platform development framework.
26: <p><b>Where did mozdev come from?</b>
28: <p>In August 2000, CollabNet <a href="http://www.collab.net/sites/a12a_redirect/">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="http://chameleon.mozdev.org">Theme
30: 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
31: the <a href="http://aphrodite.mozdev.org">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="http://www.collab.net/products/sourcecast/">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 mozdev.org 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
40: 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.
42: <p><b>Where does it fit?</b>
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, mozilla.org, 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:/www.mozilla.org">mozilla.org</a> provides a lot of the same
49: development tools and resources as mozdev does (including <a href="http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/">bugzilla</a>, <a
50: href="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
51: are on different things. The mozilla.org site is where the core Mozilla source code is developed. The projects hosted on mozdev create
52: applications and add-ons that are based on top of that source code.
54: <p>There are also several great Mozilla advocacy sites, including <a href="http://www.mozillazine.org">mozillaZine</a>, <a
55: href="http://www.mozillanews.org">MozillaNews</a> and O'Reilly's <a href="http://www.oreillynet.com/mozilla/">Mozilla DevCenter</a>, that are
56: already providing current news to the community. The news on mozdev compliments these sites by providing updates on the projects and tools hosted
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="http://abzilla.mozdev.org">Abzilla</a>, a
62: 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
63: 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
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="http://games.mozdev.org">Games project</a>, including Mozinvaders, Mozteroids, Pagman and Xultris.
67: <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
68: 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
69: href="http://multizilla.mozdev.org/">MultiZilla</a>, and a collection of browser <a href="http://themes.mozdev.org/">themes</a>. There are also
70: 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
71: 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
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="http://eu.mozdev.org">EU</a> and <a href="http://meetzilla.mozdev.org">Meetzilla</a> projects are working on coordinating Mozilla developer
76: 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
77: 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
78: translating current Mozilla documentation into French and Polish respectively. The recently release <a
79: href="http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mozilla/">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.
82: <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
83: Gecko-based browser for Mac OS X), <a href="http://jabberzilla.mozdev.org">Jabberzilla</a> (a Mozilla-based Jabber client) and <a
84: href="http://newsalert.mozdev.org/">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="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">all projects</a> list, <a
86: 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>
87: page and the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/featured/index.html">Project of the Week</a> page.
89: <p><b>How Can You Find Out More?</b>
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="http://www.mozdev.org/news.html">mozdev news archive</a> and <a href="http://mozillazine.org/archive.html">mozillaZine news archive</a> to see
94: how far the Mozilla community has come since the original source code was released in March 1998.
96: <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
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="http://www.mozdev.org/mailing-lists.html">mailing lists</a> or come by <a
99: href="irc://irc.mozilla.org/#mozdev">#mozdev</a> on mozilla's IRC server.