November 22, 2000

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Mozilla's ChatZilla -- The Lizard Speaks: Real Internet Chatting & Communication. Part 1: Introduction & Overview

by Mike Angelo -- Page 2


The Mozilla browser suite is the foundation upon which Netscape 6 is built. Had Netscape/AOL decided to include ChatZilla in Netscape 6, IRC chatting and ChatZilla easily might outpace AIM and ICQ. However, Netscape/AOL decided not to include ChatZilla in its Netscape 6 adaptation of Mozilla. So, many people might choose to use Mozilla itself instead of Netscape 6!

Moreover, we recommend that people use Mozilla instead of Netscape 6. That's partly because Netscape/AOL failed to include ChatZilla in Netscape 6 and partly because we find the Mozilla browser suite to be a better product than the Netscape 6 browser suite.

Please see Netscape 6 Preview Release 3 -- Strike 3: Is NS 6 Out? and the series Mozilla, A Lizard for All Seasons -- Part I: The Mozilla Organization & Product Development Plan And Mozilla's Relationship to Netscape and Part II -- A Preview Look at the Mozilla Application Programming Framework. You will find more information about the similarities of the Netscape 6 and Mozilla browser suites and how the applications such as these browser suites and ChatZilla are built on top of the underlying Mozilla applications programming framework in these articles. Links are in the Resources section at the end of this article.

ChatZilla Rules!

Here are more reasons why we find ChatZilla so interesting and noteworthy:

1). ChatZilla lets almost any Internet user participate in Internet Chat (IRC) without any need to download and install an IRC client such as mIRC, IRCII, PIRCH, IRCLE, and so forth.

2). ChatZilla is free because it comes with Mozilla, which is free.

3). ChatZilla is computer-platform independent in that it runs on top of Mozilla and therefore will run on any of the platforms upon which Mozilla runs -- right now that is 32-bit Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and other flavors of UNIX. Unfortunately there is not a DOS port of Mozilla.

4). Because ChatZilla is platform independent, it pretty much looks and feels the same whether you run ChatZilla on Windows, Mac, Linux, or *nix systems.

5). Although ChatZilla is a Mozilla-based application, the entire ChatZilla application is found in the ChatZilla chrome directory. That means that you can customize ChatZilla just about any way you like. Look here on MozillaQuest Magazine for upcoming articles about customizing Mozilla-based applications.

ChatZilla is far from a finished product at this time. It's a usable work-in-progress. Mozilla's Rob Ginda and his ChatZilla crew are adding features to ChatZilla every day.

Article Index

Page 1
Introduction
ChatZilla & Internet Chatting
Page 2

ChatZilla Rules!

Page 3

A ChatZilla Quick Tour/Demo

Page 4

More Quick Tour/Demo

Page 5

Customizing ChatZilla

Page 6

Conclusion

Resources Section

Page 7

More Resources


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