Mozilla, the force behind the popular Firefox web browser (my browser of choice) and the Thunderbird email client, celebrates 10 years of existence on Monday. Mozilla source code was first released on March 31, 1998. The company will air a special retrospective from 11 a.m.-noon Monday on Air Mozilla (via the Mozilla Blog).
Mozilla is one of the great success stories of the open source movement. True, its web browser has yet to crush Internet Explorer’s hold on browser usage, a la Godzilla destroying Tokyo. (But who’s the real monster in this story, anyway?) Still, Firefox is the browser of choice for more than 36 percent of Internet users, according to w3 schools. That’s a market share Netscape was unable to accomplish. Not too shabby, if you ask me.
Happy birthday, Mozilla. Here’s to another 10 years of great open source productivity.