A Stable Mozilla?

By Eric Foster-Johnson, ITworld |  Opinion

The latest Mozilla Web browser, 0.9.3, has just been released and the
testimonials are pouring in that this is one of the most stable
versions yet. That's great news, since Mozilla has a reputation for
unstable code and frequent crashes.

Mozilla is the open-source version of the Netscape Web browser. The
Mozilla project (http://www.mozilla.org) has been building towards a
Mozilla 1.0 release for years and each release keeps getting better.
Since some of the early releases were essentially unusable, the Mozilla
project's progress is really good. The 0.9.3 version number reflects
the closeness to the long-awaited 1.0 release.

Each Mozilla release adds a number of new features, solves some
problems, and includes some system requirements in order to run. The
changes in the 0.9.3 release include fixing the top 16 bugs that caused
Mozilla 0.9.2 to crash and a number of other minor fixes. Some of the
issues are related to specific Linux distributions, so I recommend you
read the Mozilla release notes at
http://www.mozilla.org/releases/mozilla0.9.3 prior to installing it.
The main news here are the claims of increased stability, though.

Created when Netscape opened the source code for their Navigator Web
browser, Mozilla is one of the most well known open source projects.
Current versions of Netscape 6 are based on Mozilla code. Specifically,
the Netscape 6.1 preview release, available at
http://home.netscape.com/browsers/6/index61pr.html?cp=dowpod61pr, is
based on Mozilla 0.9.1. You can try the Netscape version or download
the open source Mozilla from
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla0.9.3. You can get
Red Hat package manager RPM files built for Red Hat Linux 7 at
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla0.9.3/Red_Hat_7x_RPMS
.

The more than 30 Mozilla add-on projects listed at
http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html are also interesting. These
projects are worked on outside of the Mozilla.org organization.

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