today announced the release of Mozilla 1.0, a free, open-source Web browser suite available for various versions of Mac OS, including Mac OS X.
Developed using open source code released by Netscape used to develop its Communicator software, Mozilla has been developed for standards compliance, performance and portability, according to the team who made it. Builds of Mozilla are available for a wide range of operating systems.
Mozilla is comprised of a Web browser, an e-mail program, news reader, and chat software. The software leverages a set of components called the Mozilla Toolkit. That toolkit is designed to serve as a framework to creating other applications — including Chimera, the Web browser for Mac OS X, which is built on the Gecko layout engine used in Mozilla.
System requirements call for a non-NuBus-based Mac equipped with a PowerPC 604e/266 or faster (including G3 and G4-equipped systems), 64MB RAM, 36MB free HD space, Mac OS 8.5 or higher (including Mac OS X), and QuickTime.
In somewhat related news, if you’re in the San Francisco area on June 12 and you’re interested in getting together with other Mozilla fans, the Mozilla.org team is planning on celebrating Mozilla 1.0’s official release with a
party at the DNA Lounge. “Free source, free admission, cash bar. 21+, ID required (no matter how old you look),” said the team.