- January 23:
- Netscape opening up development of Netscape
Communicator internet suite
- Mozilla project
founded to bring new power to that product.
- March 31:
- Netscape internally looking for a codename
for next big release (planned as version 5.0 at that time)
- Developer voting
- Surprising result: "ButtMonkey" winning!
("jenga" as run-in)
- Netscape management deciding to use the similar sounding but comparably
- Codename getting heavily tied to suite development,
binaries getting released on project page with that codename.
- (Thanks to dveditz, Google cache and pseudorandom.org
IRC logs for helping us to find out about that.)
- June 5:
- A few developers start project for standalone
- called "m/b", later "Phoenix", then "Firebird", now
- April 2:
- mozilla.org publishes
- calls for fading out suite
after Mozilla 1.4 in favor of standalone browser and mail
- Suite would not be retired for the "foreseeable future" though