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.

#99 Re: Re: My review of Mozilla Firefox 0.8

by NXprime

Monday February 9th, 2004 6:52 PM

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It was an accumulation from recent testing of nightlies.

I was totally shocked that I had to re-edit my document when they changed the name to FireFox. Still, all problems are there as far as I can tell. Check out my slashdot post again for replies to my review. They got some great answers to some of my problems.

This review was to get people to switch to Firefox but do it honestly and show both the good and the bad. I've seen so many 'reviews' where they praise it but don't critisize it enough. Pissed me off so I wanted to show some stuff never mentioned in any other review before. I didn't want to sound all negative by just posting what I disliked so I had to write what I liked and was useful to me on a daily basis. I think it's a beautiful review but needs some updating in light of some new discoveries I found out. That was the true bonus to writing that review. *grin* :)