Free Open Source Web Publishing Tool Nvu Now Available at

Mozilla-Based HTML Editor Challenges Dominance of Microsoft FrontPage

Dec 02, 2004, 00:00 ET from Linspire, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Nvu, the free, easy-to-use Web editor
 and authoring system for desktop Linux, Macintosh and Microsoft Windows users,
 was released today in beta version in advance of the forthcoming Nvu 1.0
 product sponsored by Linspire, Inc.  Nvu gives non-technical computer users
 the power to create, edit and publish professional, attractive Web sites, much
 like Microsoft FrontPage or Macromedia Dreamweaver.  Based on Mozilla Internet
 technology and Netscape Composer, the tool allows users to easily author and
 manage rich Web documents without programming or HTML coding.  Nvu 1.0 beta is
 available for free download at
     Nvu is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor, which means
 users can create Web pages as easily as they would type a word processing
 document -- complete with font pickers and paragraph and table controls.
 Instead of typing in HTML code and guessing what the published Web site may
 look like, Nvu allows users to constantly see how their site will look even
 before it is posted online.  While the user works in a friendly, visual
 environment much like a word processor, Nvu creates the HTML code in the
 background -- code which can easily be viewed or directly edited using Nvu's
 tabs.  Publishing pages to a Web site is accomplished with one click using
 Nvu's FTP Site Management feature.
     Because users can quickly toggle between the WYSIWYG editing mode and the
 HTML code mode, Nvu is also ideal for more advanced users or those wishing to
 learn HTML programming, as they can easily observe the interaction between the
 HTML code and what will actually appear in the Web browser.  To see more
 features of Nvu, visit
     Linspire, Inc., producer of the popular desktop Linux operating system,
 started the Nvu project as a complement to the other desktop Linux Web
 browsers and tools offered by the leading open source innovator Mozilla.  Nvu
 was created from the code base of Netscape Composer, one of the most
 successful first-generation WYSIWYG Web editors.
     Mozilla was broken off from Netscape after Netscape was acquired by AOL.
 The Mozilla group continued development of an open source Internet suite,
 pouring most of their efforts into browsers and email programs.  Their work
 has recently resulted in Firefox, a hugely successful Internet browser, and
 the soon-to-be-released Thunderbird email program.  Since most of Mozilla's
 efforts were going into the development of Firefox and Thunderbird, there were
 less resources available for advancing a Web authoring tool based on Netscape
 Composer.  Linspire contributed to this part of the project by providing more
 development resources and capital to the Composer-based product -- renamed Nvu
 -- to round out the Mozilla Internet suite.
     "Mozilla has done phenomenal work developing a Web suite with alternatives
 to Microsoft, including the Firefox browser and soon, the Thunderbird email
 program.  But there was a void in developing a Web publishing tool, which is
 why we adopted the Nvu project," said Michael Robertson, CEO of Linspire, Inc.
 "Our hope is that Nvu will compete with FrontPage just like Firefox competes
 with Internet Explorer."
     Nvu is available in many different languages, including English, Italian,
 Russian, and Chinese.  The cross-platform Web editor works on numerous
 operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX, OS/2, FreeBSD,
 Linspire, and many Linux-based systems.  Since Nvu 1.0 is a beta version,
 Linspire would appreciate community feedback on the product -- to submit a
 comment or suggestion, email
      For more information about Linspire and Nvu, contact:
      Heather MacKenzie
      Linspire, Inc.
      858-587-6700 ex. 263
      858-587-8095 Fax
     About Linspire, Inc.
     Linspire ( is an affordable Linux-based operating system
 designed specifically for desktop and laptop computers in homes, schools and
 businesses.  Linspire uses innovative CNR technology that allows the
 installation, updating and management of more than 1,900 software programs
 with just one click from Linspire's CNR Warehouse
 (  The Linspire operating system is also offered
 in Spanish (, Italian ( and
 Japanese (
     Nvu, Linspire, CNR and CNR Warehouse are trademarks of Linspire, Inc.
 Other marks used herein may be the property of their respective owners.

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