|Original author(s)||Ben Bucksch|
|Developer(s)||Beonex Business Services|
0.8.2-stable / 21 March 2003
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD|
|Available in||English, German|
|License||MPL/Netscape Public License|
Beonex Communicator is a discontinued open-source Internet suite based on the Mozilla Application Suite (MAS) by Ben Bucksch, a German Mozilla developer. It was intended to have a higher security and privacy level than other commercial products. The Internet suite contains a Web browser, an email and news client, an HTML editor (based on Mozilla Composer) and an IRC client (based on ChatZilla).
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. The main goal was to implement Kerberos, OpenPGP, and LDAP in Beonex, but that was marked as failed in mid-2004. It was discontinued before reaching production release stage.
Overall, this project seems most interested in staying as true to Mozilla as possible.
Mozilla Organization stated that the Mozilla Application Suite was only for developers and testing purposes and was not meant for end users.
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. Beonex 0.8 was released in June 2002 received positive reviews about its speed.
Beonex Launcher (BeOL, spoken B-O-L), was an additional upcoming product that never left alpha status; it was a stripped-down version of Beonex Communicator: a Web browser combined with an email client and a chat client.
With a few preview releases of version 0.9 in mid-2002, Bucksch 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. 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. Beonex never received much market share.
In October 2020, the distributer of Beonex joined the Coalition for App Fairness, which defends the rights of app developers.
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|
|0.6||6.0||0.6||14 November 2000|
|0.9.4.1||6.2.2||0.7||8 November 2001|
|1.0||0.8||5 June 2002|
|1.0.1||7.0||0.8.1||19 September 2002|
|1.0.2||7.01 and 7.02||0.8.2||10 March 2003|
|1.1||0.9pre||27 August 2002|
In contrast with Netscape, Beonex has included nearly the same features except the proprietary parts like the integrated Net2Phone, and the AOL Instant Messenger. For online chatting, ChatZilla was integrated and the sidebar and the search engines are also pre-configured. Beonex is less resource-intensive than Netscape.
Beonex includes a migration tool to import old profiles from Netscape Communicator.