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 mozilla.org and affiliated parties until mozilla.org 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.
My first thought was "Still an issue with the IBPhoenix folks?", my second thought was "Well fuck them anyways, whiners. Go get a good arguement and then come talk to me."
On a knee-jerk level I like the name Firefox as much as Firebird, so I went and looked at the new site thinking I would give it a chance to roll around my head for a while. With the names on even terms, I would personally choose to stick with an established name over a change.
I still say "Fuck those whiney babies." because I think their arguements were specious and their aproach was deplorable, but now that I have seen site and the new Firefox icon I am so sold on the new name.