The Mozilla Suite was the first major competition to Microsoft's Internet Explorer (see Figure 8.2). After the browser wars of the late 1990s, when Netscape was almost ground into the dust by Microsoft, a group of employees at Netscape decided to open source their existing browser and connected applications. What became available was the Mozilla Suite, and it formed the foundation of future Netscape releases. Firefox was born out of Mozilla, and owes its existence to the pioneering work done by the Mozilla Foundation. Nowadays active development effort has shifted significantly in favor of Firefox, with the Mozilla Suite getting much less attention than it used to. However, there is still a solid core of fans and users across the world.
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