'Der Spiegel' Reports on Mozilla Firefox 0.8
Tuesday February 10th, 2004
Daniel Küstner writes: "Spiegel Online, one of the biggest German news sites and the online spin-off of the biggest German news magazine, Der Spiegel, is reporting about the name change. The article is about the new version 0.8, the change from Phoenix via Firebird to Firefox, the naming conflicts and mentions some firework companies named Firefox and the red Panda. They also state, that 'besides the Apple browser Safari, Firefox is said to be the leanest and fastest complete program for navigating the web.' They have a link to http://www.mozilla.org/releases/." AltaVista's automated Babelfish translation is just about understandable.
Update: A reader who wishes to remain anonymous sent us links to two more German language articles about Firefox 0.8, this time from Austrian sites. The newspaper der Standard talks about the name change and new features and a page from the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation provides background on the issues surrounding the name change (Babelfish translation of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation article).
That's just a reflection of what's happened elsewhere. The MozillaZine article is at least 50% about the name change. And if you look at the comments on the front page story and in the forum, they're nearly all about the name change. Same with slashdot.
A point release with a download manager and a bookmark and XPInstall dialog improvements isn't "big news" that people want to talk about. Trademark disputes, the choice of name and people having arguments are. I'm not saying that's good, but...