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.

#105 Re: Re: Re: Birds

by jgraham

Tuesday February 10th, 2004 1:32 AM

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> A lot of people were dissatisfied with Mozilla Browser and Mozilla Mail

Who are those people, and why were they dissatisfied? Everyone who I ever saw express an opinion on the name wanted a name that would suggest, to a casual surfer, the *function* of the product. Seeing the name Firefox; a user has no idea what the product actually does; it's just as likely to be a new TV show as it is a web browser. On the other hand, there is plenty of very successful software that has a name that suggests the function of the product (Windows, MS Word, Winzip, Windows Media Player, Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, iPhoto, Internet Explorer and so on).