I'm not going to give a "formal" review of Antony's article, but I did find it to be an informative summary of the Netscape web browser's origin and the eventual development of the Mozilla.org open source project. The one disagreement I have with Antony's article would be his description under:
What's the difference between Netscape 6/7 and Mozilla?
They are of same source code, but target different types of users.
Technically speaking, they are almost identical. However, Netscape 6/7 is designed as an end-user product, and Mozilla is for the developers. AOL/Netscape spent a great resource on making Mozilla more end-user friendly by adding documentation and improving the user interface, as well as adding multimedia support and integrating its instant messaging.
Although it might have been true at one time, I would no longer describe Mozilla as "for the developers"... see http://www.mozilla.org/
- the Mozilla home page is much more user-friendly now, than it used to be. http://www.mozilla.org/docs/end-user/
provides more user-oriented links.
Antony's article led me to do my own research. On the "Mosaic" name, I found: http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/news/alumni/win94/mozilla.html
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Highlights from Winter 1994 CS Alumni News:
Illinois's Boys Make Noise: And they're doing it with Mosaic
The name Mosaic was the result of a brainstorming session at NCSA (it was almost called Montage). According to Bina, the name was to represent the idea that the Web is a single picture made up of many parts (HTTP, FTP, Gopher, News, WAIS, etc.). Mosaic floated along at NCSA, its popularity growing at an exponential rate. Members of the team had a vague idea that they really should be exploiting the program commercially ..
Some "original" press releases:http://www.jwz.org/gruntle/newsrelease1.html
MOSAIC COMMUNICATIONS OFFERS NEW NETWORK NAVIGATOR FREE ON THE INTERNET (October 13, 1994) http://www.holgermetzger.de/netscape/Ne ... elease.htm
MOSAIC COMMUNICATIONS CHANGES NAME TO "NETSCAPE COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION" (November 14, 1994)http://wp.netscape.com/newsref/pr/newsrelease558.html
NETSCAPE ANNOUNCES PLANS TO MAKE NEXT-GENERATION COMMUNICATOR SOURCE CODE AVAILABLE FREE ON THE NET (January 22, 1998)http://wp.netscape.com/newsref/pr/newsrelease577.html
NETSCAPE ANNOUNCES MOZILLA.ORG, A DEDICATED TEAM AND WEB SITE SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT OF FREE CLIENT SOURCE CODE (February 23, 1998)http://www.mozilla.org/press/mozilla-foundation.html
MOZILLA.ORG ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF THE MOZILLA FOUNDATION TO LEAD OPEN-SOURCE BROWSER EFFORTS
America Online Pledges $2 Million to Help Launch Independent Non-Profit
Industry Leaders Reaffirm Support for Mozilla (July 15, 2003)
More Netscape history can be found at http://www.holgermetzger.de/Netscape_History.html
I also found a link to a recent interview with Marc Andreessen, at http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=2903
Marc Andreessen Praises Mozilla
Friday February 14th, 2003
If anyone wants to take a look at what some of the old browsers like NCSA Mosaic (NCSA= National Center for Supercomputing Applications
) and Netscape Navigator 1.0 looked like, go to http://www.dejavu.org/emulator.htm
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.2) Gecko/20040803