Mozilla Firebird Renamed Firefox, Version 0.8 Released

Monday February 9th, 2004

The standalone Mozilla Firebird browser has been renamed to Firefox and received an upgrade to version 0.8. This latest release features a new download manager, bookmarks enhancements, better support for extensions and several thousand other improvements. Windows users can benefit from a new installer, while Mac OS X users will enjoy the new Aqua-style theme, Kevin Gerich and Stephen Horlander's Pinstripe.

Firefox is the browser's third name. The last name, Firebird, drew strong objections from the Firebird database community when it was announced in April. The database community's supporters and commercial backers waged a high-profile campaign against and affiliated parties until announced that Firebird would only be used as a codename. The new Firefox moniker is intended to be used as a permanent product name and a strong brand identity will be built around it. The new name was chosen after extensive international trademark searches and consultations with lawyers. The process of registering Firefox as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office began in December last year.

Firefox 0.8 can be downloaded from the Firefox product page or direct from the Firefox 0.8 directory on Check out the Firefox 0.8 Release Notes for more information.

#100 Re: Re: Extension installation problems?

by mesostinky

Monday February 9th, 2004 7:29 PM

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Well what can you say about those who fail to read the Release Notes anyway? It clearly states you need to restart the browser after every extension install. Not only that but extenstions themselves many times prompt you to restart you browser. Any reviewer who doesn't understand this isn't worth reading in the first place. If people STILL don't get it then they have more problems then FireFox can help them with. I agree its a bug that should be fixed, but there is no point in overstating the bug.