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Mozilla was the original code name for the product that came to be known as Netscape Navigator, and later, Netscape Communicator. is a group chartered to act as the virtual meeting place for the Mozilla code. That group is overseen by the Mozilla Foundation.

The Mozilla Foundation, established in July 2003, with start-up support from AOL's Netscape division, provides organizational, legal, and financial support for the Mozilla open-source software project. For more information about the creation of the Mozilla Foundation, see this.


The Mozilla Suite provides you with a variety of programs integrated into one application, including:

A standalone browser based on the Mozilla rendering engine, Gecko, is available to the public under the codename: Firefox.

A standalone E-mail client is also being developed, called Thunderbird.

According to the official roadmap, plans are to replace the monolithic suite by a more modular package composed of at least the browser and E-mail client mentioned above.

Latest major release

The latest major version of the suite is Mozilla 1.7. For more information about 1.7, see the:


Importing and Exporting Bookmarks

Go to Bookmarks | Manage Bookmarks | Tools | Import or Export (as the case may be) | Then save (or import) the .html file with the name you want to a directory of your choosing. You can do a similar process using IE if you want to import you IE "favorites" into Mozilla. IE does it differently though, you go to File | Import/Export, then basically do the same as above.

Enabling JVM

A JVM is an application which executes java code, in Mozilla it allows you to view Java applets on the internet. To enable Java applets you must first install a JVM a variety of which are available:

  • Sun Java - you most probably want Java2 Standard Edition [1]
  • Electrical Fire - This is a project linked with mozilla to develop a fast and portAble JVM.

These instructions apply to sun's J2SE though may apply for other JVM.

Assuming you have a JVM installed you must find the path to the plugin directory most likely:


(for i386 architecture, using your File manager, have a look around the directory /usr/lib/java/jre/plugin if this doesn't apply to you).

Here there should be a file called you need to place a link to this file in Mozilla's plugin directory.

Single user:

ln -s /usr/lib/java/jre/plugin/i386/ns610-gcc32/ /home/username/.mozilla/plugins/

Multi user:

ln -s /usr/lib/java/jre/plugin/i386/ns610-gcc32/ /usr/local/mozilla/plugins/

Now restart mozilla and try out a java applet: [2]

Java webstart

Java webstart enables java applications to be run over a network or the internet. To enable Mozilla to handle these files (presuming J2SE-1.4.2 installed):

Edit|Preferences|Navigator|Helper Applications Click New Type and enter details: MIME Type - application/x-java-jnlp-file Description - Java webstart Open it with - /usr/lib/j2sdk1.4.2_01/jre/javaws/javaws

Now you can try a webstart application, I recommend: sodaconstructor

See also

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