Neo: There are only two possible explanations: either no one told me, or no one knows.

Once again, Neo was right. And that means, I was wrong. ChatZilla wasn’t born on Jan 3rd., 2004, as said in the ChatZilla family tree (chapter 1).

The real date is Sept. 6th, 1999, and archives are here to prove it. This is the date of the first check-in, and the date at which it became available to public. Two days before it was released, ChatZilla looked like that:

ChatZilla -Jsric on 1999-09-04

Six days later, it looked like that:

ChatZilla - Jsirc on 1999-09-12

You’ll notice that it already had a CSS motif to style the chat window … Awesome! More awesome screenshots are available at ChatZilla Home.

That is all.