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September 15th: Mozilla 1.7.3, Firefox 1.0PR (preview release) and Thunderbird 0.8 have been released. They all contain fixes for several security bugs that have been found through Mozilla's new Bug Bounty Program. You can see that Mozilla takes security very seriously, offering a $500 reward for every security bug that is found.
Mozilla 1.7.3 does not contain any new features over 1.7.2 besides the security bug fixes (Thunderbird 0.8 and Firefox 1.0PR do). You can get all three at Mozilla.org.
September 11th: This is already old news, but Netscape 7.2, based on Mozilla 1.7.2, which contains the latest security fixes, has been released a little while ago. I am very happy with it. The only downside is that the Netscape toolbar only works with Netscape search, which, although powered by Google, is IMHO not as good as Google's search. The positive part is that the toolbar allows you to quickly clear the browser history, block/unblock popup windows and fill in forms.
June 18th: Mozilla 1.7 has been released. It will be the new stable branch, replacing Mozilla 1.4.
Mozilla 1.7 has a lot of improvements and new features. It is especially interesting for those of you who were having problems with IMAP mail. You can find more information on what's new and improved in the Release Notes.
Note: If you are experiencing crashes on pages that use JAVA (e.g. for games), especially when also using the Ad Block extension, updating to the latest available version of SUN JRE will solve the problem.
March 30th: According to Fernando Cassia at The Inquirer AOL is going to release an updated Version of Netscape 7! The article says:
"I am writing you in response to your e-mail to [exec name here]. The next (Netscape Browser) version will be a "point" release based on the latest Mozilla code."
The message continued saying that this version 'will be made available in the very early summer timeframe'. For the record: this came straight from AOL's Corporate Communications department.". You can read the entire article here.
This is excellent news. We should thank the people from the "Save Netscape Petition", Fernando Cassia and everyone else who pestered AOL with requests for an updated Netscape browser (which I still use myself).
January 21st, 2004: This is actually already old news, but Mozilla 1.6 was released on January 16th. It comes with various improvements to the rendering engine (faster page rendering), Vcard support, a preference to remove mail from a POP server after x days, NTLM authentication for all platforms (formerly it was only available in Windows versions) and a variety of bug fixes.
You can find the release notes here and download Mozilla 1.6 here.
October 22nd: CNET's download.com has a very favorable review of Mozilla on their download page. They write
These useful and functional features that reduce some of the everyday frustrations of Web browsing make Mozilla a browser we can unreservedly recommend.
You can read the review and download Mozilla 1.5 here.
October 15th: The current stable branch release of Mozilla is Mozilla 1.4.1. If you were previously having problems with 1.4's installer or with resource leaks, you may want to update to 1.4.1 since those problems are fixed now. Other than that, 1.4.1 now contains a spellchecker and numerous other bugfixes and improvements. You can find additional information in the Release Notes.
If you are looking for new features (over 1.4), then the just released Mozilla 1.5 may be worth a try. Mozilla 1.5 should contain all of 1.4.1's bug fixes, but due to some new features it may contain new bugs.
July 1st: Both Mozilla 1.4 and Netscape 7.1 were released yesterday. This means that Netscape 7, whose previous version (7.0.2) was based on Mozilla 1.0.2 now makes a great leap ahead since Netscape 7.1 is now based on Mozilla 1.4.
Find out more about Mozilla 1.4 in the release notes. Find out more about Netscape 7.1 in this Mozillazine article or read Charlie Demerjian's great review at The Inquirer.
June 18th: Mozilla 1.4 RC2 (release candidate 2) has been released. It contains fixes for 60 bugs from 1.4 RC1. Find out more in the Release Notes. You can download it here.
Please note that the release notes say that Mozilla 1.4 requires Sun J2SE v 1.4.2 Beta to run Java applets (in websites).
July 2nd: "The Inquirer" has an interesting and well-written opinion piece on the recent AOL - Microsoft settlement:The Inquirer: AOL assimilated by the Microsoft Borg.
May 30th: Mozilla 1.4 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) has been released. You can download it here. More information is available in the release notes.
This good news has unfortunately been drowned out by News that Microsoft and AOL have reached a settlement in the Netscape Antitrust case. For links and to discuss this topic, please see Mozillazine's main page.
May 9th: Mozilla 1.4b has been released.
Mozilla 1.4 will replace the 1.0 branch as the stable branch. This means that the next Netscape 7 release can be expected to be based on Mozilla 1.4.
Mozilla 1.4 contains several new features. For those of you who could not get past your corporate firewall with Mozilla there is good news - 1.4b now supports NTML authentication. This enables Mozilla to authenticate you with MS web and proxy servers that are configured to use "windows integrated security".
To find out what else is new see the Release Notes. You can download Mozilla 1.4b here.
April 15th: Not sure how Mozilla's new automatic Spam filter works? Then go to Newsforge.com and read this article by Robin 'Roblimo' Miller:
Using Mozilla 1.3's "Junk" email filter
April 9th: Gemal.dk has posted a great article: Using Mozilla in testing and debugging web sites.
I use Mozilla for work purposes myself and I can confidently say that it is indeed a much better "work-tool" than IE. If you work on web sites, check the article out.
March 2nd: Mozilla 1.3b (Beta) and Netscape 7.02 have been released. Sorry for reporting this so late, but I was on vacation.
Netscape 7.02 is still based on Mozilla 1.0.2. I am not sure what fixes it contains, but it seems they are security fixes. In addition, the installer contains newer versions of Sun JRE and the flash plugin.
January 20th: I came across this website that describes how to customize mozilla for a multi-user community. If you plan to deploy Mozilla at a school/company/organization it might just be what you have been looking for.
January 8th: Mozilla 1.0.2 has been released. You can find the download here.
There are no new features from 1.0.1. Mozilla 1.0.2 mostly contains performance, stability and website compatibility improvements.
December 16th: Flash 6 for Linux x86 has been released. You can find it here: Macromedia Download site.
December 13th: Mozilla 1.3a (Alpha) has been released. You can find more information at Mozillazine or in the release notes.
December 10th: Netscape 7.01 has been released. It is based on Mozilla 1.0.2 and it contains a nice popup blocker. I find it is an excellent alternative to using Mozilla due to its good usability. You can find the full download for the German and English versions on Netscape's ftp server.
December 4th: Mozilla 1.2.1 has been released. This version fixes the DHTML rendering bug that 1.2 contained.
November 28th: Mozilla 1.2 has been released. You can get it here. The features that I like the most are the new mail filters and being able to synch your address books with your PALM OS PDA. To see what else is new, please see the release notes.
In other news: Netscape 7.01 is close to being released. According to this thread on Mozillazine's Forums, it comes with a pop-up manager and it is supposed to be based on Mozilla 1.0.2. You can see a screenshot of the Pop up manager here. (Picture curtesy of Hendikins/Mozillazine Forums).
November 22nd: If you plan on doing your banking online, checking out Blue Lab Software's Financial Institutions and Mozilla Operability list. It's an international list of banks that support / don't support Mozilla. If you have not yet decided on a bank, Mozilla support (i.e. giving you the choice of browser) may be on of the factors to base your decision on.
November 14th: Tired of Spam ? Mozilla will be able to help you. A new Spam filtering mechanism is being introduced for the 1.3 branch. The beauty of it is, that you do not need to set up manual filters, but rather train the filter by marking messages as "SPAM". The filter will learn to automatically recognize SPAM based on your input, i.e. it you show it what you feel is Spam and what is not. You can find more information on it here. The original message was found on Mozillazine's front page.
November 11th: Do you feel creative? Then check out this article: Creating a skin for Mozilla. This is not as comfortable as a theme editor would be, but it's a good start. The link was found on Mozillazine.
November 6th: The Register has posted an article with the misleading headline Mozilla riddled with security flaws. Please note that almost all of the bugs the article refers to have been fixed for Mozilla 1.0.1. The only security flaw SecurityFocus refers to in their archives for Mozilla 1.0.1 is this one:
2002-11-01: Mozilla OnUnload Referer Information Leakage Vulnerability
November 6th: So you've blocked banner ads just to see flash ads that cannot be blocked by selecting "block images from this server" instead? Well, thanks to Michel V, they can be blocked, as well. Go here to learn how. The corresponding thread in Mozillazine'es forums can be found here.
November 4th: Ever wonder if Mozilla has security vulnerabilites like IE ? You can find an overview of Mozilla vulnerabilites on this page at SecurityFocus. Select "Mozilla" under the vendor dropdown-menu and "Browser" under the title dropdown-menu.
(Hint: There are a lot less vulnerabilites than with IE and most of them have already been fixed a while ago, so current versions, i.e. 1.0.1 and higher should not be affected by most of them). In any case, it is always a good idea to stay informed.
October 17th: Mozilla 1.2 beta has been released. It contains some very useful features such as Link Prefetching (i.e. preloading links in the background while the browser is idle) and type-ahead. Probably the most useful feature is that mail filters now work on messages that are already in your inbox. Previously, they would only be applied to new messages. For more information, see the release notes.
October 9th: Looking to add Popup-blocking to Netscape 7 or Netscape's spellchecker to Mozilla? Mozillazine has a link to this article on eWeek that shows you how. Please keep in mind that the Netscape spellchecker will most likely work best with the Mozilla version that Netscape is based on , which in the case of Netscape 7 is Mozilla 1.0.1. I installed it and it works fine. The spellchecker is available in several languages, btw. You just need to get it from the corresponding language's directory.
September 4th: Developers - trying to make your web site Mozilla compatible? Then check out this article: Making your web page compatible with Mozilla.
August 30th: Netscape 7 has been released. It is based on Mozilla 1.0.1. You can download it from Netscape's website. If you want the full installer (as opposed to the web installer that donwloads needed parts from the web), click on this link for the English version or here for the German version. Both links point to Netscape's ftp server.
August 27th: Mozilla 1.1 has been released. Get it here or read the release notes to find out what's new. Most of the improvements are in the areas of compatibility and stability, but some new features have been added, as well.
August 19th: For all of you who still like to have a copy of Netscape 4.x on your older PC - Netscape 4.8 is about to be released. It most likely contains some security updates and bug fixes. You should be able to download it shortly from Netscape's FTP server.
August 16th: Both Mozilla 1.0.1 and 1.1 are close to being released. Expect 1.0.1 before the end of this month and 1.1 next week.
Mozilla 1.0.1 has no new features - it's a bug-fixed 1.0 but otherwise identical to it. 1.1, on the other hand, does have several new features but it is less mature than 1.0.1. That is not to say that it does not work right - I am running 1.1 Beta and it works just fine, but some people still feel that 1.0 works better for them.
July 23rd: Mozilla 1.1 beta has been released. You can find it here.
What's the difference between 1.0 and 1.1 (beta)? The 1.0 branch is the "stable" branch, i.e. while it is being updated, the focus is on stability and reliability. 1.1, on the other hand, has already implemented a few new features, but it may be less stable. I am currently testing it and everything seems fine, plus it looks more polished than 1.0 and appears to be faster. Still, if you are happy with 1.0, stick with it and get the 1.0.1 update when it is released.
July 22nd: Mozilla has new icons, which should be included with upcoming Mozilla builds. What's nice about them is that e.g. a mail window no longer has the same icon as the browser window, so telling them apart in your taskbar should be a lot easier. If you want to use them for your current Mozilla version, you can download the icon installer here (Windows only for now). It will automatically install the icons you select. The installer comes with an uninstall function, so if you don't like the icons, you can simply uninstall them.
Important! I only provide the download from my site as a service: The installer should be fine (I tested it with Mozilla 1.0), but you are using it at your own risk! As always, use a Virus scanner to check .exe files before running them.
July 19th: Good news for Mozilla users - the Flash 6 and Quicktime 6 plugins now offer their full functionality under Mozilla / Netscape 6/7. Go here for more information from the Netscape Technology Evangelists.
July 9th: Internet pioneer Gene Kan died on June 29. Thanks for your contributions to the Internet, Gene! Rest in peace.
July 5th: Not sure which browser offers the features you want out of the box? Then try this page. It shows a side-by-side comparison of Mozilla 1.0, Netcaptor, IE 6 (Windows) and IE 5.5 (Mac). Go and decide for yourself which browser best suits your needs.