After a deep rewrite of much of Netscape 4.0/5.0’s code, Mozilla 1.0, later to be known as Mozilla Internet Suite to better distinguish the product from the company, was finally released after more than 4 years of development, on June 6th, 2002.
Aimed towards developers, it would never really take off among consumers. Of course, the story would change a few months later with the launch of project Phoenix, which removed Mozilla’s IRC and email clients, web page editor, many preferences, and wired an extension system from the beginning, into a product to be named Firefox, released a couple of years later.
It was definitely a huge milestone for the Mozilla project, the beginning of a very large community, very complex processes, a much more exciting web. And it’s also a personal satisfaction to have shared the ride all this long.
Here’s the press release for the Mozilla 1.0. You can also grab it from Mozilla FTP server, for a taste of web history.