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Beonex Communicator

Beonex Communicator
Beonex Communicator 0.6 displaying the Book of Mozilla
Original author(s) Ben Bucksch
Developer(s) Beonex Business Services
Initial release 0.6, 11 November 2000 (2000-11-11)[1]
Discontinued 0.8.2-stable / 21 March 2003
Development status discontinued
Written in C++, XUL, XBL, JavaScript
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD
Available in English, German
Type Internet suite
License MPL/Netscape Public License[2]
Website .com.beonexwww

Beonex Communicator was an open source Internet suite based on the Mozilla Application Suite (MAS) by Ben Bucksch, a German Mozilla developer.[3] It was intended to have a higher security and privacy level than other commercial products.[4][5][6]

The Internet suite contained a Web browser, an email and news client, an HTML editor (based on Mozilla Composer) and an IRC client (based on ChatZilla).[5][6][7]

Beonex Business Services offered the suite for free and provided documentation, easy install routines for third-party plug-ins, and tried to sell support and customer-specific changes on the browser.[8][9] The main goal was to implement Kerberos, OpenPGP, and LDAP in Beonex,[10] but that was marked as failed in mid-2004.[11]


Overall, this project seems most interested in staying as true to Mozilla as possible.[12]

The [13][14][15][16]

On 5 January 2001 Beonex was included in the Linux distribution kmLinux version S-0.4, but was removed in version S-0.5 released on 23 March 2001.[17]

Beonex 0.8 released in June 2002 received positive reviews about its speed.[18][19]

a BeOL preview

Beonex Launcher(BeOL, spoken B-O-L), was an additional upcoming product that never left alpha status which was a stripped down version of the Internet suite Beonex Communicator. It was a Web browser combined with an email client and a chat client.[20]

With a few preview releases of version 0.9 in mid-2002 he showed some new features he wanted to integrate, but before this version gained a stable status, he announced on 2 March 2004 that no new releases were planned until the Mozilla Foundation decided its future policy.[21] In 2005, the Mozilla Foundation officially changed its policies and created the Mozilla Corporation to provide end-user support.

Beonex Communicator 0.8.2-stable has several known security issues.[22] Beonex never received much market share.[14]

Comparison with Netscape and MAS

The browser disabled referrers by default and had the possibility to create a fake referrers.[23] The browser deleted all cookies when the program exited and also disabled several JavaScript functions which could have served as attack vectors.[6][24][25]

In the following comparison table not all releases of Netscape and MAS are included. For a more complete table see Gecko (layout engine).
Mozilla Application Suite Netscape Beonex Communicator
Version Releasedate
0.6 6.0 0.6[1] 14 November 2000
0.9.2 6.1
0.9.4 6.2 6.2.2 0.7[1] 8 November 2001
1.0 0.8[26] 5 June 2002
1.0.1 7.0 0.8.1[27] 19 September 2002
1.0.2 7.01 and 7.02 0.8.2[28] 10 March 2003
1.1 0.9pre 27 August 2002[1]

Differences to Netscape

In contrast to Netscape, Beonex had included nearly the same features except the proprietary parts like the integrated Net2Phone,[29] and the AOL Instant Messenger.[29] The chat tool ChatZilla was integrated[30] and the sidebar and the search engines were also preconfigured.[3][19] Beonex was less resource-intensive than Netscape.[31]

Beonex included a migration tool to include the old profiles from Netscape Communicator.[6][19]

Differences to MAS

Beonex Communicator was not a fork of MAS, it was a separate branch, so no significant changes were made.[32] HTML email and JavaScript had been turned off by default and thus displaying email only in plain text with bold and cursive additions[6][33] which was added later in MAS 1.1.[34] The search engines were compatible to the Mycroft project and were located in the sidebar providing more features.[35]

New features

Beonex integrated a special tool to change the user agent.[36]


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  2. ^ Bucksch, Ben. "Legal notices". Beonex Communicator. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Mozilla-Entwickler mit eigener Browser-Distribution" (in German).  
  4. ^ Huchler, Andreas (February 2001). "Frische Ware" (in German).  
  5. ^ a b "Beonex".  
  6. ^ a b c d e D'Hollander, Peter (February 2004). "Alternative Browsers". Personal Computer Magazine (in Dutch): 96, 97.  
  7. ^ "Beonex User Agent Strings". UserAgentString.Com. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Vielversprechender Netscape 6 Konkurrent" (in German). 26 November 2000. Archived from the original on 16 October 2004. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Foster-Johnson, Eric (30 November 2003). "Just browsing, thanks".  
  10. ^ "Announcing Beonex".  
  11. ^ "Bug 124026 - Roaming - funding via Beonex". Mozilla. 24 May 2004. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Beonex Communicator 0.6 Pre".  
  13. ^ "технологии – Mozilla празднует 10-летие" (in Russian). 23 January 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Metzger, Holger. "Über Mozilla" (in German). Retrieved 30 January 2011. ; shorten English version available here
  15. ^ Violka, Karsten (2002). "Zahmes Monster".  
  16. ^ Bager, Jo (2002). "Surfen ohne e - Mit Opera und Mozilla sicherer ins Netz".  
  17. ^ "Entwicklungsgeschichte".  
  18. ^ Kluge, Oliver (2002). "Jagdgesellschaft" (in German) (12).  
  19. ^ a b c Behrens, Fionn (2 December 2000). "Slimfast für Mozilla" (in German). Archived from the original on 12 July 2002. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  20. ^ Bucksch, Ben. "BeOL". Beonex Communicator. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  21. ^ Kluge, Oliver (September 2005). "Soll der Fuchs ihn holen" (in German) 9.  
  22. ^ "Mozilla Browser Cross Domain Violation Vulnerability".  
  23. ^ Schulzki-Haddouti, Christiane (31 January 2003). "Digitale Spuren - Surfer hinterlassen im Netz Spuren". Telepolis (in German). Heinz Heise. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  24. ^ "Beonex-Browser: Mozilla 1.0 mit mehr Sicherheitsfunktionen". 7 June 2002. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  25. ^ Huchler, Andreas (March 2001). "Tore zur WWWelt - Sieben aktuelle Web-Browser im Vergleich" (in German) 3.  
  26. ^ "Open-Source-Browser Beonex Communicator in Version 0.8" (in German). Heinz Heise. 7 June 2002. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  27. ^ Bucksch, Ben. "0.8.1". Beonex Communicator. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  28. ^ Bucksch, Ben. "Release-notes". Beonex Communicator. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  29. ^ a b "Zweiter Ableger vom Mozilla" (in German).  
  30. ^ Behme, Henning (2001). "World Wide Web".  
  31. ^ "Netscape 6: Fett, aber schnell (Update)" (in German).  
  32. ^ Bucksch, Ben. "We are accepting patches". Beonex Communicator. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  33. ^ Violka, Karsten (2002). "Nur-Text-Mails im Mozilla".  
  34. ^ "Mozilla 1.1 Alpha ist da" (in German). 12 June 2002. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  35. ^ Krause, Ralph (1 March 2002). "Browser Comparison".  
  36. ^ Лепихов, Константин (17 March 2004). Прыткая ящерица (in Russian). 

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