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Whither Mozilla?

ComputerWorldUK - I've been writing about Mozilla for sixteen years now, ever since Netscape's momentous 1998 announcement that it would be open-sourcing its browser. I've followed the project's ups and downs, as it struggled to get a usable application out of the door. Even after it managed to do so, it effectively had to "throw one away", and start again by moving from the Mozilla Internet application suite to Firefox.

It then faced the uphill struggle of taking on Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6, which completely dominated the browser sector. The odds were against it, but Mozilla succeeded - largely, I think, because it had an important and well-defined mission: to preserve and nurture the open Web. It later crystallised that mission into the eloquent Mozilla Manifesto:

The Internet is becoming an increasingly important part of our lives.