The Book Of Mozilla

| December 6th, 2006

Does the title ring a bell in your head? For the less fortunate beings, type in ‘about:mozilla’ in your Firefox which should give a maroon page with a biblical saying as the one below:

This represents a verse from the so-called ‘Book of Mozilla’, not a real book. What you will see on your Firefox is the third verse. All the three verses can be seen at http://www.mozilla.org/book/

These verses represent important events in the time line of Mozilla. If you view the html source of the page [http://www.mozilla.org/book/] you will notice the significance of each verse with respect to the events they represent.

Verse I

And the beast shall come forth surrounded by a roiling cloud of vengeance. The house of the unbelievers shall be razed and they shall be scorched to the earth. Their tags shall blink until the end of days.

from The Book of Mozilla, 12:10

And its significance:

10th December 1994: Netscape Navigator 1.0 was released.
This verse announces the birth of the beast (Netscape) and warns bad coders (up to Netscape 3, when you watched the HTML source code with the internal viewer, bad tags blinked).

Verse II

And the beast shall be made legion. Its numbers shall be increased a thousand thousand fold. The din of a million keyboards like unto a great storm shall cover the earth, and the followers of Mammon shall tremble.

from The Book of Mozilla, 3:31
(Red Letter Edition)

significance:

31st March 1998: the Netscape Navigator source code was released.
The source code is made available to the legion of thousands of coders of the open source community, that will fight against the followers of Mammon (Microsoft Internet Explorer).

Verse III

And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror.

from The Book of Mozilla, 7:15

significance:

15th July 2003: AOL closed its Netscape division and the Mozilla foundation was created.
The beast died (AOL closed its Netscape division) but immediately rose from its ashes (the creation of the Mozilla foundation and the Firebird browser, although the name was later changed to Firefox).

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Verse I Verse II Verse III