Mozilla started off as a name (project) (code name) for Netscape's browser development. Back in 1993 or 1994, when Marc Anderseen founded Netscape, "Mozilla" was a(n internal) codename for their namesake browser, which was short for 'Mosaic Killer'). Mozilla Firefox is effectively the spiritual successor to the original classic mid-1990s Netscape Navigator browser that brought the world wide web to the mainstream. It seems to be loosing ground to the ever-improving Google Chrome family of browsers.
The Mozilla project to develop the source codebase of its software (Firefox browser, Thunderbird email, and SeaMonkey integrated suite), like many software projects, has branches, which are referred to as "channels". These are concurrent and represent the development (state) of the codebase in different stages.
official explanation on Mozilla.org.
- Google's Chrome(and derivative/related web browsers) also has this: Chromium-based#channels
There is no need to install Firefox. It can run from removable external storage media (like a USB thumb drive).
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Also available is the latest build of the Extended Support Release of Firefox (24.1.1)
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Comodo also offers a ?hardened? web browser that is modified from Mozilla Firefox's source code: IceDragon-browser
download installer (for Windows).
- "Cyberfox Is Compiled With Microsoft Visual Studios 2012, Windows 8 SDK & Intel Composer XE 2013.
Making It Faster Then Other Browsers."
Windows-only, strips away extra features from Mozilla Firefox's codebase for a more streamlined, lean browser.
- is available in Portable package/format
The official Mozilla website has a list of 3rd party software that uses Mozilla code.
These include Zimbra desktop
Sometimes referred to as "add-ons". These extend (enhance/augment) the functionality of the Mozilla (Firefox) web browser.
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see also Edit
- | about the FireBug extension under Front-end web-development/Developer Tools].
The original (modern) developer tool (inspector)
latest stable release, add to Firefox (only works for Mozilla , Gecko-based browsers).
version history (revisions changelog)
Latest stable release is 1.12.5
The core of a Mozilla-based web browser, like Firefox, is the Gecko rendering engine.
Call this section "architecture"
The Mozilla Thunderbird email client (native app (application software program)) also uses Gecko. Like Firefox, it is a stand-alone app. In contrast, a web suite such as the Mozilla suite (now called SeaMonkey, originally called Netscape Communicator) integrates a web browser, email client, chat or newsreader software together. All of those Mozilla products use the Gecko rendering engine AND the XUL user-interface language. Support for XUL is built into the Gecko engine. The Gecko rendering engine is the core of Firefox and Thunderbird. The user-interface or "chrome" (in a generic sense, that's where Google got the name of their browser from) of the app/program is coded in XUL. Those extensions (also available for Thunderbird, not just the browsers) are written in the same XUL language that the core/base app/program's UI is coded in. They are literally extending the user-interface (or chrome or shell) of the program.