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Mozilla is a term used in a number of ways in relation to the now-defunct Netscape Communications Corporation and its related application software, including the group and its successor the Mozilla Foundation.

The term Mozilla is originally used for three distinct entities:

These and various other related uses of the term Mozilla are discussed below in the order when they were first used.


Codename of Netscape Navigator

Historically, Mozilla had been used internally as a codename for the Netscape Navigator web browser from its beginning. Jamie Zawinski came up with the name during a meeting while working at the company.[1] The name was created as a contraction of the words "Mosaic killer",[2] hinting that Netscape would be the end to the (then only) competitor browser, Mosaic. The logo was a reference to the name of the fictional monster Godzilla.

Mascot of Netscape

Mozilla was the mascot of the now-disbanded Netscape Communications Corporation, formerly called Mosaic Communications Corporation. Initially, the mascot took various forms, including that of a helmeted astronaut or "spaceman", but the eventual choice was a Godzilla-like lizard thought to go well with the Godzilla-like name. It was designed by Dave Titus in 1994.

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