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.

#25 Re: Aqua theme

by brokenvoice

Monday February 9th, 2004 2:51 AM

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I don't think it will be dropped. There is a ton of work going on for Camino by people who are obviously into it. With Camino being Mac OS X only, though, there just aren't as many people to work on it I guess.

For me, however, with the amazing work that Kevin and Stephen have done on the pinstripe theme (which looks more aqua than Camino), plus its support for XPI extensions (I'm a web designer and need a JavaScript debugger, DOM Inspector and the various web dev toolbars) I think that Firefox will be my default Gecko browser on OS X from now on.

I prefer the way forms look in Firefox too. Can never get used to Aqua form elements...very inflexible.