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A number of components still present in Firefox date back to the first code drop in 1998 and were probably present before that. One of these is nsprpub, the NetScape Portable Runtime library, and it has some code snippets which are still identical to those in the first public CVS commit (as verifiable from the VCS archives). For example, ptthread.c’s ...


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Yes, it’s true, as explained in Wikipedia’s entries for the Mozilla application suite and Firefox. More accurately, Firefox is a descendant of Netscape Navigator; most of Firefox has been rewritten in one way or another since the days of Navigator. Most of Netscape Navigator (or rather, Communicator) was released as open source in 1998; this was then ...


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Firefox has seen a great deal of development over the last 22 years, both in maintaining the original code and in re-writing large portions. Currently, much of Firefox is being converted from C++ to modern Rust code. That said, there are certain core pieces to the browser that maintain code from the time it was open-sourced. A reasonable place to look is ...


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Netscape uses a lock file to prevent corruption of its internally-used files that would happen when two copies of the program are running at the same time. This file is stored in the user's home directory under .netscape/lock. I don't have an old enough system to test this out for myself, but Firefox, which adopted many of Netscape's habits, creates a lock ...


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Obviously the above links are long expired... The original links may have expired, but the Internet Archive made a copy of CWASTEEdit. The Internet Archive does not archive ftp sites, so the file must be found elsewhere. It seems that ftp://dev.apple.com/ has only disappeared relatively recently - many text files still refer to it. Many mirrors have been ...


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As far as I can determine, the earliest tool with a visual cue identifying previously-visited links is Netscape Navigator, which already features purple visited links in beta versions (see this screenshot of 0.9, released in October 1994). I haven’t found any other web browser release available at the time with a similar feature. Competing browsers ...


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I found everything I needed, but the hunting was tough. I've uploaded all of the dependancies as well as the documentation of what I've done so far here: http://andrew.colchagoff.com/netscape/


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One step further would be to go to Firefox. As one comment says there was an attempt to run Firefox 3 on Irix, but those pages are now offline without snapshots at archive.org. But via IRIX Network! at least version 1.5.0.7 is on an FTP mirror and this is the latest I found: Firefox 3.0.19 (more) – That would bring you from 1994 to Firefox 3 Release Notes ...


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