Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About mozdev.org...
<p><font size=+1>Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About mozdev.org...</font>
<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
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
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.
<font size="-1">Do you want fries with that project?</font>
<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
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
you can find out more.
<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
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 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> projects as well as
the <a href="http://aphrodite.mozdev.org">Aphrodite</a>, Fruity Gum and Sullivan browsers.
<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
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...'
<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">90 projects</a> have been started or moved to the site and 1 or 2 new projects are added each week.
<p><b>Where does it fit?</b>
<p>There are many different sites that provide information, tools and resources to the Mozilla community. Asa Dotzler explains how each of these
different sites work together: "In anatomical terms, I think of mozdev, mozilla.org, and mozillazine as three primary organ systems operating
together to sustain the flourishing Mozilla community. Without all three of these systems working well we would not be where we are today."
<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
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>), but the focus of the two sites
are on different things. The mozilla.org site is where the core Mozilla source code is developed. The projects hosted on mozdev create
applications and add-ons that are based on top of that source code.
<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 compliments these sites by providing updates on the projects and tools hosted
<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
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. 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
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>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 href="http://www.gnupg.org">GPG</a> and <a
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>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 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, <a href="http://mozfr.mozdev.org/">MozFR</a> and <a href="http://polmoz.mozdev.org">PolMoz</a> are projects that are
translating current Mozilla documentation into French and Polish respectively. The recently release <a
href="http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mozilla/">Creating Applications with Mozilla</a> book is also hosted on the site. People are invited to come
and contribute suggestions on how to keep the book's content up to date as Mozilla continues to evolve.
<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, the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/categories/index.html">project categories</a>
page and the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/featured/index.html">Project of the Week</a> page.
<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 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 the original source code was released in March 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
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
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.