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<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 80</a> Mozilla-based development projects.  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.

<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 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 can find out more.

<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 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> as well as the <a
href="http://aphrodite.mozdev.org">Aphrodite</a>, Fruity Gum and Sullivan theme design projects.

<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">80 projects</a> have been started or moved to the site.

<p><b>Where does it fit?</b>

<p>There are many different sites that provide information, tools and resources to the Mozilla community.  mozdev does not try to duplicate any of the
effort already being put into these other sites, but instead focuses on assisting Mozilla application developers.

<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 <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>.  Although both sites have similar tools, the focus is on different things.  The mozilla.org 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 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 is focused
on the projects and tools hosted there, so the mozdev news shouldn't overlap with the news already being covered by these sites.

<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, and <a href="http://mozfr.mozdev.org/">MozFR</a> is a project that is translating all current Mozilla documentation into French.

<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 and the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/categories/index.html">project categories</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.


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