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.

#110 Re: ... and also ...

by jgraham

Tuesday February 10th, 2004 3:56 AM

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Right so, sucessful software:

Outlook Express: Yes. Bundled with windows, so not a great example.

Opera: No. Probaly has a smaller userbase than Mozilla Firebird 0.7

Pegasus: No. Not used by home users much. Winged horse could be related to transport hence email.

The Bat!: No. Used by techies only.

Dreamweaver: Yes. Not an end user product, used by professionals who know it's the best in the field.

Quicken: Yesish. Slightly descriptive (makes bookkeeping faster). Most users are probably businesses.

Acrobat: Yes. Industry standard because it is written by the people who wrote the PDF specifcation.

Remember Mozilla doesn't have the advantage of either a) being in a market that only clued up users are in (Dreamweaver, Quicken) or b) having some dominace over the market (Acrobat, Outlook Express). In fact, we're in the position where most users don't know our product even exists are are already happily using a different product. Giving it a non-descriptive name doesn't help adoption at all.