Feb 28, 2008

Migrating from other Internet client software

Mozilla can import data directly from other popular Internet clients such as Netscape Communicator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, and Eudora. Mozilla can also import data in several standard file formats, so migrating from other client software is also possible.

Mozilla co-exists well with other Internet programs, so uninstalling them is unnecessary.

Migrating from Netscape Communicator

If you have Netscape Communicator 4.5 or later installed, Mozilla automatically converts the default profile (but except for address books) for use with Mozilla.

Note: converting Communicator profiles requires that Communicator is still installed on your computer. If you have already uninstalled Communicator, reinstall it again so you can convert your old profiles. After you have converted your old profiles, you can uninstall Communicator.

Importing address book

To import your address book from your Communicator profile, first export it in the LDIF format. To do this:

1. Open Address Book in Communicator.

2. In Address Book, open the File menu and choose Export.

3. In the Export dialog, choose type LDIF (*.ldif) .

Type in an identifiable filename that will be used as the address book’s name upon import.

Save the file.

4. Close Netscape Communicator.

To import the LDIF file to Mozilla, follow these steps:

1. In Mozilla, open the Windows menu and choose Address Book

2. In Address Book, open the Tools menu and choose Import... .

3. In the Import dialog, select Address Books and click Next.

4. Select Text file (LDIF, .tab, .csv, .txt) and click Next.

5. In the file picker dialog, choose the LDIF file you just exported.

6. You should now see the Address successfully imported from Text file message.

Converting additional profiles

To convert an additional Communicator profile for use with Mozilla, first open the Profile Manager. If Mozilla is already running, open the Tools menu and choose Switch Profiles...; otherwise:

  • On Windows, open the Start Menu, select Programs, select Mozilla, and choose Profile Manager.
  • On Mac OS, hold down the Option key and open Mozilla from the Finder or the Dock.
  • On Linux, run the ./mozilla -profilemanager command.

In the Profile Manager dialog, select the profile you want to convert and click Use Profile. A dialog will walk you through the conversion process.

To convert your address books, follow the instructions described in the previous section.

Deleting old profiles

Netscape Communicator’s uninstaller does not remove your old profiles. On Windows and Linux, to remove your old profiles, delete the users sub-directory in Communicator’s original install directory.

Feb 26, 2008


Installing on Windows

It is recommended that you exit all programs before running the setup program. Also, you should temporarily disable virus detection software.

To install Mozilla, follow these steps:

1. On the download page, click a Windows installer link to download the file to your machine.

2. Navigate to where you downloaded the file and double click the installer program icon on your machine to begin the Setup program.

3. Follow the on-screen instructions in the setup program. The program starts automatically the first time.

Note: Certain ATI video drivers are not compatible with Mozilla and may lead to crashes.

Running multiple versions of Mozilla

You can keep multiple versions of Mozilla in your computer by installing them in different directories. Note, however, you can only run one Mozilla version at a time.

Starting and closing Mozilla

To start Mozilla, double click on the Mozilla icon on your desktop. You can customize how Mozilla starts up (e.g. what profile to use) via command line arguments.

Quick Launch

Quick Launch allows you to open Mozilla quickly. When Mozilla uses Quick Launch, a Mozilla icon is present in the system tray (near the clock)

You can open Navigator by double clicking on the icon. To open a different component (such as Mail & Newsgroups or Composer), right-click the icon and choose the component from the context menu.

During installation, you have the option of enabling or disabling Quick Launch. If enabled, Quick Launch loads part of Mozilla into memory when your computer starts up (and each time Mozilla first starts up). Quick Launch keeps Mozilla in memory even after you close all Mozilla windows so you can quickly re-open Mozilla as needed. If your computer is low on memory, you may want to disable Quick Launch.

To enable Quick Launch:

1. Open the Edit menu and choose Preferences.

2. Choose Advanced category.

3. Select Keep Mozilla in memory to improve startup performance to enable Quick Launch.

4. Click OK.

To disable Quick Launch, right-click on the Mozilla icon in the system tray and choose "Disable Quick Launch" in the context menu.

To exit Quick Launch and Mozilla completely:

1. Close all Mozilla windows.

2. Right-click on the Mozilla icon in the system tray and choose "Exit Mozilla" from the context menu.

Java, Plug-ins, and Other Extras


To run Java applets, you must install the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1.4.1 or later. If you already have the JRE on your system, the setup program should recognize it.

Installing Address Book Palm Sync

To be able to sync between Mozilla’s address book and your Palm, you need to enable the Mozilla Palm Sync conduit. To do that, open the Start Menu, select Programs, select Mozilla, and choose the Address Book Palm Sync Install item. Note that if you set up your Palm to sync its address book with Mozilla, the address book will no longer sync with the Palm Desktop.

Once you have done this you can connect your Palm device and press the HotSync button on your Palm cradle. This should bring up the HotSync Manager dialog on your desktop and should start Mozilla. Once synchronization is complete, close and reopen Mozilla, and open the Mozilla Address Book to confirm that the synchronization was successful.

Uninstalling Mozilla

To uninstall Mozilla, open the Control Panel, open Add Remove Programs, and choose Mozilla 1.x from the list. Note uninstalling Mozilla does not remove your profile data.

Installing on Mac OS X

To install Mozilla,

1. Click the Mac OS X disk image link to download the file to your machine.

2. The disk image expands and mounts itself.

If the disk image doesn't mount automatically, double-click on the .dmg file to mount it. If that fails, and the file does not look like a disk image file, do a Show Info on the file, and, in the Open with application category, choose Disk Copy.

3. Open the disk image, and drag the Mozilla icon to where you want to install Mozilla. We recommend that you copy it to the Applications folder.

4. Eject the disk image.

5. To start Mozilla, open the folder where you installed Mozilla and double click the Mozilla icon.

Note: Do not disable extensions before installing Mozilla. Doing so may cause installation problems.

Starting Mozilla

You can drag the Mozilla icon from the install folder to your dock to have it easily accessible at all times. You might also wish to select Mozilla as your default browser in the Internet system preferences pane (under the Web tab).

Java and Plug-ins

Mozilla uses Internet plug-ins and Java already installed on your system. No special work is required.

Uninstalling Mozilla

To uninstall Mozilla,

1. Remove the application files in /Users//Library/Mozilla (but leave the Profiles sub-folder).

2. Remove the file Mozilla Registry from /Users//Library/Preferences

3. Remove Mozilla from the installed location. (i.e. /Applications)

Installing on Linux

Note: These instructions use the bash shell. If you're not using bash, adjust the commands accordingly.

To install Mozilla by downloading the Mozilla installer, follow these steps:

1. Create a directory named mozilla1.x (mkdir mozilla1.x) and change to that directory (cd mozilla1.x).

2. Download the installer package (called mozilla-i686-pc-linux-gnu-1.x-installer.tar.gz) to the mozilla1.x directory.

3. Change to where you downloaded the package (cd mozilla1.x) and decompress the archive file with the following command:

gunzip -dc moz*.tar.gz | tar -xvf -

(This places the installer in a sub-directory named mozilla-installer.)

4. Change to the mozilla-installer directory (cd mozilla-installer) and run the installer with the ./mozilla-installer command.

5. Follow the instructions in the install wizard for installing Mozilla

6. To start Mozilla, change to the install directory and run the ./mozilla command.

Note: you must run Mozilla at least once to complete the installation process. If a different user (other than the person who installed the program) runs the program first, a core dump will occur.

Installing RPM builds

The Red Hat RPM builds are created to work with the default Red Hat 7 and Red Hat 8 installations. Using these RPMs on SuSE requires installation of the gdk-pixbuf package.

Feb 25, 2008

Before Installing Mozilla

You can safely install Mozilla with other Internet client software, such as Netscape Communicator, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, and Opera. Mozilla can import user data from other Internet clients; however, import may not work if you uninstalled the client first. If you wish to migrate from another Internet client to Mozilla, we recommend that you uninstall the client after you have both installed Mozilla and have migrated your user data.

Note: To avoid incompatibility problem with previous versions, the Mozilla installer will prompt you to delete the install directory if it is not empty. Answer NO if you put your profile or other personal files in the install directory, otherwise the files will be deleted. Users who put profiles in the default location are not affected.

System recommendation


Operating system

Windows 98 Second Edition Windows Millennium Edition Windows NT 4.0 Windows 2000 Windows XP


Pentium 233 MHz (or faster)


64 MB

Free hard disk space

26 MB


Operating system

Mac OS X (10.1 or later preferred)


PowerPC processor 266 MHz (or faster)


64 MB

Free hard disk space

36 MB




Operating system

Red Hat Linux 7.0 or later; Debian 3.0 or later; SuSE 7.2 or later;

or a version of Linux with kernel 2.2.14 or later and the following library versions (or compatible):

  • glibc 2.2,
  • GTK 1.2.x (1.2.5 preferred),
  • XFree86 3.3.x,
  • Libstdc++ 2.9.0


Pentium 233 MHz (or faster)


64 MB

Free hard disk space

26 MB

During installation, twice the disk space is needed for temporary files. After installation is complete, the temporary files will be deleted for other uses.

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Installation of Mozilla

Feb 22, 2008

About Mozilla

Sometimes people gets confused about the different Mozilla terms. Asa explains some of them in a news posting:

Gecko - The rendering engine upon which all of the Mozilla applications rely.

Mozilla Platform - Gecko, plus the XPToolkit upon which XUL-applications can be built.

Mozilla, the applications suite, also known as Seamonkey - The legacy Mozilla (the organization) applications which is built from the Mozilla Platform including Gecko.

Firefox and Thunderbird - The premier Mozilla (the organization) applications built from the Mozilla Platform (including Gecko).

Mozilla 2.0 - The next generation of Mozilla technologies and APIs (platform) which will include the Gecko rendering engine and the cross-platform toolkit.

The Mozilla Application Suite, was originally known as Mozilla, marketed as the Mozilla Suite, and code name was Seamonkey, was a free, cross-platform Internet suite, whose components include a web browser, an e-mail and news client, an HTML editor, and an IRC client. Its development was initiated by Netscape Communications Corporation, before their acquisition by AOL. It is based on the source code of Netscape Communicator. The development was spearheaded by the Mozilla Organization from 1998 to 2003, and by the Mozilla Foundation since 2003.

Versions 6 and 7 of the Netscape suite were based on the Mozilla Suite. The last official version is 1.7.13, as Mozilla Foundation is now focusing on the development of Firefox and Thunderbird. The suite has also been superseded by SeaMonkey, a community-driven Internet suite that is based on the same source code.

Mozilla is

  • The producer and provider of the award-winning Firefox web browser and Thunderbird e-mail software.
  • A software development tools provider.
  • An open source community of developers and testers.
  • A partner for the technology industry.
  • An advocate for standards on the Net who provides tools for developing standard web content.
  • Educators, providing educational materials about Internet technologies and software development.