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The Mozilla Project July 20, 2006

Posted by j-dub in Software, Technology.
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It’s finally time to put a true tech post out here on the ol’ blog.

This one is going to focus on a topic that I absolutely love: free software.

I should be even more descriptive; great, free software.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, aren’t tech savvy, or just don’t like change; you’ve been missing out on two of the best FREE PC software products available….Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird.firefox-128.jpg

Firefox is an ANSWER to Internet Explorer; not an alternative. Firefox is an open-source web browser that blows the doors off of IE. Honestly, the only time I use IE is for running windows update which will not allow me to use another web browser. IE7, which is still in beta form last time I checked, will finally get IE within striking distance of Mozilla. IE7 will offer tabbed browsing, better security, RSS subscriptions, pop-up blocker, etc. Most of these options have been availabe in Firefox for well over a year now. If you aren’t using it already…you should be.thunderbird-128.jpg

Thunderbird is an email client and is the counterpart of Outlook/Outlook Express, Eudora, Opera, etc. Thunderbird offers most of the same capabilities as Outlook or any other similar email client program. You should check it out sometime.

mozilla-foundation.jpgThe Mozilla Project has ties to Netscape (which is now owned by AOL) which had/has all sorts of ties to the University of Illinois and the NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications). This makes Mozilla products even more special, because they have ties to the Champaign-Urbana area and the University of Illinois in particular. You can read more about Mozilla’s history here.

Open source software is great. I absolutely love it. I currently use both Firefox and Thunderbird on all my PCs, and I’ve been using them both for well over a year and I haven’t even thought about switching back.

Please, check out the Mozilla Project website and get your free download of Firefox; the PC World 2005 Product of the Year. Also check out Thunderbird which I predict will be winning some awards of it’s own in the near future.

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts on the Mozilla Project and any other great, free, open-source software you use.