Talk:-zilla

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Mozilla = Mosaic killer, or Mo Godzilla?[edit]

According to this page, the Mozilla browser illustrates "a back-formation derived from the Japanese movie character Godzilla." Yet according to Mozilla, "The name was created as a contraction of the words 'Mosaic killer', hinting that Netscape would be the end to the (then only) competitor browser, Mosaic." Should this inconsistency be mentioned on the page? The citations on this page suggest that, regardless of what Mozilla's creators had in mind, some contemporary hearers relate the word to Godzilla. This information should only be added, though, if there is citation for the 'Mosaic killer' origin, currently unsourced at Mozilla. Cnilep (talk) 16:31, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

This site (which I don't know how reliable could be, but seems insightful) says that:
[...] he [Marc Andreesen] went along with the concept of using a mascot/user surrogate, but insisted that it had to be Mozilla (which first started as "killer Mosaic" and became the "Mosaic killer" after they couldn't take over the name "Mosaic"). [...] The name "Mozilla" was a hybrid of sorts combining the company name, Mosaic, with the screen star, Godzilla. I guess because the programmers felt the code was a monster that had to be reckoned with.. Reading the text, it seems that they wanted a dinosaur-looking mascot to symbolize the "Mosaic killer", and that became Mozilla per the Godzilla association. --Cyclopiatalk 20:16, 23 December 2009 (UTC)
See discussion on Talk:Mozilla. -- Smjg (talk) 19:46, 17 August 2010 (UTC)