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The Mozilla Foundation (stylized as moz://a) was established by America Online and Netscape Communications to manage the development of open source Internet technologies, such as Firefox, Bugzilla, Camino, Sunbird, and Thunderbird.[1]


The Mozilla Organization was originally formed by Netscape Communications Corporation in January 1998 to coordinate work on the Mozilla browser.[2] The project began with the source code of Netscape Communicator to develop Mozilla 1.0, which was released on June 5, 2002. "Mozilla" (derived from "Mosaic Killer") was actually the original project code name for Netscape Navigator.[3]

On July 15, 2003, its new parent company America Online had officially spun off Mozilla into an independent foundation to be able to survive without Netscape.[1] Work on the open source web browser, designed for standards-compliance, performance, and portability, was soon abandoned and retroactively referred to as "Mozilla Classic". Since then, much of the code was rewritten, including the layout engine, the networking library, and the front-end, to build Firefox. Although much of the code was under the original Netscape Public License, some parts of the code are under the Mozilla Public License or dual MPL/GPL.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mozilla, Computer Hope. 2021-08-16.
  2. Mozilla Foundation at the Free On-Line Dictionary Of Computing. 2005-01-26.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mozilla at the Free On-Line Dictionary Of Computing. 2005-01-26.

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