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.

#8 Front Page Update

by tniem

Monday February 9th, 2004 12:35 AM

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It will take me some time to get used to the name but I like how they have redesigned the product page. It is a good idea to have the larger picture of the browser up top for someone to look at that is looking at Firefox for the first time. I think that is classy. Unfortunately, the biggest webpage problem, too much information on the page has not been taken care of. I still think that the five features of Firefox should be linked too, with more information on another page. There is too much thrown at the first time visitor. Other than that, I like the changes that have been made and the logo of the Firefox is very sweet.