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Mozilla Product Guide

FirefoxMozilla Firefox (commonly referred as Firefox) - It is designed to be a light weight browser. By definition, it is just the browser (Navigator). It is re-written to take the advantage of better portability into operating system and faster rendering speed. This is less mature than Mozilla Application Suite. Version 1.0 is released in November 2004. Version 1.5 was released on 29th November 2005. Version 2.0 was released on 24th October 2006.

ThunderbirdMozilla Thunderbird (commonly referred as Thunderbird) - It is an open-source e-mail and newsgroup client developed by the Mozilla Corporation. Thunderbird also provides enterprise- and government-grade security features such as SSL/TLS connections to IMAP and SMTP servers. It also offers native support for S/MIME secure email.
Mozilla Thunderbird is the companion to Mozilla Firefox.

Mozilla Application Suite also Mozilla Suite (commonly referred as Mozilla) - is the main application suite from, it contains Navigator (browser), Mail (mail/news), Composer (HTML editor), ChatZilla (IRC client). Mozilla used to target developers and testers, however, recently they've making it end user friendly. Mozilla Foundation has stopped updating Mozilla Suite and recommends users to switch to SeaMonkey if they wish to use an integrated suite.

SeaMonkeySeaMonkey is an Internet suite that is the continuation of the former Mozilla Application Suite. SeaMonkey is community-driven, in contrast to the Mozilla Suite, whose stable 1.7 branch remains governed by the Mozilla Foundation. SeaMonkey is based on code from "Mozilla Suite". The SeaMonkey Project and its releases are maintained by the SeaMonkey Council.
SeaMonkey 1.0 was released on 30th January 2006.

Netscape - Netscape 7.x is basically same as Mozilla (Application Suite), but targeting end-users with better documentation and Netscape branding. A few additional multimedia components/plug-ins were added to the package. All those additional components are un-installable. A stand-alone Navigator (browser and basic multimedia plugin is only) is also available.
Netscape 8.x has different approach, it's based on Firefox 1.0.x source code with additional features such as dual rendering engine (Gecko and MSIE), and additional security protection. For more information, please see Netscape Browser Archive.

If you are interested in the relationship between Netscape and Mozilla, we have an article about this.

If you choose Netscape,

Netscape Browser Archive is the best place to download latest Netscape. We recommend you download the latest shipping version of Netscape. In addition to download Netscape, a version guide is available.


If you choose Mozilla (Application Suite),'s Mozilla page or Andrew Turnbull's Mozilla Network would be your best choices. We recommend you download the latest stable release, not the nightlies.


If you choose Firefox,

You might also want Thunderbird.'s Firefox section (or ) is your best place to go. Firefox is designed to be a lightweight stand-alone browser. There's no email and newsgrooup clients included. A companion for Firefox providing mail and newsgroup features - Mozilla Thunderbird is also available from Mozilla. We recommend you download the latest stable release, not the nightlies.

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