Mothra (web browser)

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Mothra
Screenshot of Plan 9 homepage viewed in Mothra
Screenshot of Plan 9 homepage viewed in Mothra
Developer(s) Tom Duff
Initial release ?
Stable release n/a (2003-11-11) [±]
Preview release 2006-07-11 [±]
Written in C
Operating system Plan 9 from Bell Labs
Type Web browser
License Lucent Public License

Mothra is a web browser and Internet Gopher client for the Plan 9 operating system. It is a very basic graphical browser and does not support FTP, Java, Javascript or CSS.

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Mothra was written by Tom Duff for the Second Edition of Plan 9. It is named after the Japanese movie monster Mothra - Tom Duff picked the name because Netscape's browser is called Mozilla, a portmanteau of Mosaic (its progenitor) and Godzilla - and Mothra is its Plan 9 "counterpart". It is not included in the current Plan 9 version releases, and can be found in the /n/sources/extra/mothra directory on a Plan 9 system (usually the fossil server at sources.bell-labs.com is mounted at /n/sources/ using the 9P protocol).

Mothra has two UI "display" modes that can be toggled from a menu on right clicking: the first mode displays the current page's URL and title, the browsing history in form of a list of pages visited during the session and it offers a command line for input; the second mode removes all UI and displays the page in the full window.

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