The Book of Mozilla

今天是我第二次看到“The Book of Mozilla”这个词了,以前我一直以为这个所谓的书有很多章节的,今天才知道到目前为止一共有四个版本,所以觉得系统地介绍一下。

所谓“The Book of Mozilla”,是在Mozilla系列的浏览器中URL栏键入“about:mozilla”所出现的画面,章节的简短很类似圣经,可见其实软件开发者其实很有心思的,^_^

最早拥有这个功能的浏览器是Netscape Navigator 1.1,出现的一句话是

And the beast shall come forth surrounded by a roiling cloud of vengeance. The house of the unbelievers shall be razed and they shall be scorched to the earth. Their tags shall blink until the end of days.

The Book of Mozilla-1

说的是一只巨兽的诞生,beast就是巨兽的意思,这里当然就是指当年的Netscape Navigator。12:10指的是1994年12月10日,就是NN1.0诞生的时候。

第二句话是这样的

And the beast shall be made legion. Its numbers shall be increased a thousand thousand fold. The din of a million keyboards like unto a great storm shall cover the earth, and the followers of Mammon shall tremble.

The Book of Mozilla-2

直译就是无数的键盘聚起来形成风暴,使到Mammon的追随者颤栗。意思是当年NN开源,Mammon(指的是微软)也害怕。3:31指的是1998年3月31日NN开源。

第三句话是这样的

And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror.

The Book of Mozilla-3

这也是我们能在FireFox2.0中显示出来的一句,说巨兽虽然曾经倒下,但是有一只有火和雷的巨鸟出现,巨兽也已经重生,获得新的力量。这里显然就是说FireFox的重新出现了。7:15指的是2003年7月15日Mozilla基金会的诞生。

第四句是这样的

And thus the Creator looked upon the beast reborn and saw that it was good.

The Book of Mozilla-4

这句话需要在NN9.0中才能看到,意思是创造者已经看到巨兽重生,其实是暗示Netscape Navigator这个项目重新启动。8:20指的是2006年8月20日第一封提议继续研发NN的邮件发出。

整个介绍也就到这里了,这里所讲的内容参考了wikipedia。

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