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.

#92 Re: Re: Birds

by AlexBishop <>

Monday February 9th, 2004 5:51 PM

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"I know there was talk that they would each be called Mozilla Browser, Mail, Calendar, etc. I thought this was going to happen around version 1.0."

That was the old plan. They decided months ago to have more unique names. They wanted to use Firebird for the browser and asked the database people how they would feel about that. Needless to say, the response was not favourable. So the search began for a new name, with lots of lawyers and trademark searches involved to avoid any more conflicts. The database people were told that Firebird would be renamed in September <119/>" rel="nofollow"><news://<119/>> (yes, they decided to tell the Firebird database community before the Mozilla community - go figure).

"But it appears from what Ben wrote that Mozilla Firefox is the name for the forseeable time. I kind of think this is a mistake - there should be naming consistency. Then again, I am not privy to the inside information, so maybe this is just the codename for a while or there is a larger goal, idea at work."

It's a permanent name. A lot of people were dissatisfied with Mozilla Browser and Mozilla Mail. So it'll be Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird etc.