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Mozilla Firebird gets .8 Release, and New Name 902

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from the what's-a-name-between-friends dept.
Yage writes "Firebird, the lightweight version of Mozilla gets release 0.8 and changes its name again (remember Phoenix?) to avoid confusion with another OSS project. The new name is Firefox. There's a press release out about the name change and new version. And, as usual, download it from mozilla.org." Worth noting that ThunderBird .5 has been released as well. Update: 02/09 14:55 GMT by H : Thanks to Steve Garrity for pointing out the name change FAQ.
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Mozilla Firebird gets .8 Release, and New Name

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  • Totally brutal... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by danielrm26 (567852) * on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:03AM (#8224566) Homepage
    I can overlook their game of musical names; the browser is just phenomenal. I seldom even go to IE anymore, and when I do have to, I blame the guy who coded the site, not Firebird -- I mean Firefox.
  • Mirror (Score:5, Informative)

    by Patik (584959) * <cpatikNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:03AM (#8224567) Homepage Journal
    Be sure to use a mirror [mozilla.org], it's getting slow already.

  • by Jerk City Troll (661616) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:05AM (#8224580) Homepage

    ...it's surprising they didn't name it "Starfox".

    (Apologies to Eli. :)

  • Dammit. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tyler Eaves (344284) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:05AM (#8224582)
    Stop playing name games. That's the sort of thing that can really hurt adoption.
    • Re:Dammit. (Score:5, Funny)

      by Gyan (6853) on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:19AM (#8225159)

      The permanent cname change should be to "The Browser Formerly Known as Something Else".
    • Re:Dammit. (Score:5, Interesting)

      by 4of12 (97621) on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:21AM (#8225173) Homepage Journal

      Stop playing name games. That's the sort of thing that can really hurt adoption.

      You're right, that valuable brand recognition is damaged by name changes.

      But there were enough problems with the Firebird moniker to justify the name change. And, arguably, with bare single digit percentage market penetration, it's still early in the game; name changes aren't as such a big deal to the party faithful.

      A really important step to promote the growth of firefox might be overlooked: their little button logos available for you to put on your web site. [mozilla.org]

      As a responsible web site maintainer, these buttons can go alongside some previously collected good button merit badges such as

      1. W3C complaince [w3.org] with standards HTML 4, CSS, XHTML 1, MathML, SVG, etc. [w3.org]
      2. works best with any browser [anybrowser.org]
      including text only.
    • Re:Dammit. (Score:4, Informative)

      by Jugalator (259273) on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:56AM (#8225494) Journal
      It's just in beta / technology preview stage yet. I think geeks are using it now, mostly. You often don't want to install 0.x software in corporate environments. They probably use Mozilla 1.x / Seamonkey, which isn't getting any name changes. From what I've seen, it serves mostly as a code name now, and will probably not cause more confusion than Windows Cairo did before it was named Windows 2000. Eventually, Firefox should replace Seamonkey.
    • Re:Dammit. (Score:4, Interesting)

      by hendridm (302246) * on Monday February 09, 2004 @11:04AM (#8225556) Homepage

      > Stop playing name games. That's the sort of thing that can really hurt adoption.

      In their defense, it's still in beta. I don't think they intend it for widespread adoption yet except among developers and enthusiasts. Besides, I think they were stuck between a rock and a hard place with their lack of research over their last name.

      I still think 'Firefox' stinks. Doesn't roll off the tongue like Mozilla, Firebird, or Phoenix, but I'm sure choosing a name that isn't already taken isn't easy.

  • More Information (Score:5, Informative)

    by dryan (709968) * on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:06AM (#8224588)
    A FAQ about the name change can be found here [mozilla.org].

    There's also a thread on the mozillazine forums about the name change here [mozillazine.org]
    • Re:More Information (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Johnathon Walls (27265) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:36AM (#8224804)
      From the FAQ:

      Won't this confuse people?

      Yes, but if the WWF can pull it off, so can we. Besides, in six months you'll forget there ever was any other name.


      This is amusing.

      Do they mean the WWF (conservation group) that originally had the name, and so took the WWF (the wrestling group) to court to force them to change their name? Or do they mean the WWF that either settled or lost the case, and agreed to change their name to WWE?

      In either case, it involves lawsuits!
  • by Gudlyf (544445) <gudlyf@realis[ ].com ['tek' in gap]> on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:06AM (#8224590) Homepage Journal
    What about now, with Craig Thomas's book [bookchecker.com]? I can hear it now:

    "What's wrong with your browser, dude?"
    "Firefox down, man. Firefox down."

  • How creative (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DeadSea (69598) * on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:06AM (#8224592) Homepage Journal
    If you rename something to prevent confusion with other products don't you think you should avoid something that is already a
    1. Book series [firefox.com]
    2. Wire mesh manufacturer [firefox-fx.com]
    3. Movie with Clint Eastwood [imdb.com]
    4. Atari game [klov.com]
    5. Web design company specializing in horses [firefox.org]
    6. A game controller [whitedog.co.uk]
    7. A safety technology company [firefoxind.com]
    8. An all-girl hard rockin' poppin' pounding band from Tacoma, Washingto [firefoxmusic.com]
    9. A model airplane [geocities.com]
    10. A slashdot user who posted twice in 1999 [slashdot.org]

    The good things about the name:

    1. It doesn't sound like another similar product (eg Lindows)
    2. It doesn't have the name of the OS it was originally designed to run on in it. (eg WinZip)
    3. It doesn't have the name of the programming language used to create it in it (eg JavaInvaders)
    4. It is unlikely to cause confusion with another software product (except maybe the video game), unlike Firebird.
    5. It doesn't use a famous trademark (at least they didn't name it Nike)

    I've said this in the past, and I will say it again. If you are naming your open source software, make it something unique. Why would you want to compete for search terms with all these other people, products, corporations, and organizations. If your product has merit, then people will recognize the name that you give it and you will get brand loyalty. There is no need show your similarity to other products or your system requirements in your name.

    • by dpilot (134227) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:10AM (#8224619) Homepage Journal
      Does this mean that Firefox will have thought-controlled anti-spam and popup suppression?
    • Re:How creative (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Jugalator (259273) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:30AM (#8224777) Journal
      ... and the major reason to why it was picked:

      They had no conflicts with existing software trademarks. I noticed the About dialog showed a TM sign too, so I have a feeling they now actually got a registration through.

      Who cares if a game controller is called Firefox or a movie with Clint Eastwood is? The thing that can cause confusion to the point it becomes a problem is if there already is a software called Firefox.

      Also, what we're all discussing now is only a code name for a software being a technology preview, that will likely disappear in the future anyway.
    • Re:How creative (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Asprin (545477) <gsarnold@3.14yahoo.com minus pi> on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:50AM (#8224902) Homepage Journal

      5. It doesn't use a famous trademark (at least they didn't name it Nike)

      Just picking nits here, but I would remind everyone that Nike didn't come up with that name on their own, Athena's been using it for just a little while longer [theoi.com].

      I doubt that even if they *HAD* called it "Nike", Nike would have been able to do anything about it unless the Mozilla Nike project was also about manufacturing and selling tennis shoes. After all, Nike, Inc. aren't the only ones to use the name of the popular Greek goddess for their company or organizations -- the US government even used it for a ground-to air missle program [acme.com].

      This whole discussion is giving me a hankerin' to go try and DL some old FireFox roms for my atari emulator.
  • Theme (Score:5, Informative)

    by gngulrajani (52431) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:07AM (#8224595) Journal
    Be sure to set your theme to default --

    i lost my scrollbars and some buttons when i used
    the "Orbit Green" theme.

    otherwise the aa'ed fonts look great under linux and copy/paste seems is improved.

    -greg

    • by The One KEA (707661) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:11AM (#8224634) Journal
      This is because the authors of the themes have not updated their themes to support Firefox 0.8. In between Firebird 0.7 and Firefox 0.8 there were several changes made to the internal APIs which broke many themes. Because the theme authors do not want to waste time on a moving target, they collectively decided to wait until Firefox 0.8 was released. As a result, you will either have to wait for your theme to be updated or bug the theme author to fix their theme.
  • Dang it (Score:5, Insightful)

    by AbbyNormal (216235) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:08AM (#8224598) Homepage
    You know, I wish they would stop changing their name. I use Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox as my sole browser and absolutely enjoy it. The problem is, I am trying to get my family to use it as well, but trying to keep them straight on what it is called is getting a little ridiculous.
    Conversation with family: "You know that browser I gave you a link on...No, not Mozilla. Yeah, it was Firebird. No now its called Firefox. I don't know why, just use it"
  • by simpleguy (5686) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:08AM (#8224605) Homepage
    Word Mark:FIREFOX

    Goods and Services:
    IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Browsers, namely, software for browsing and interacting with data on the global computer network and secure private networks, and software programs to connect computers to the global computer network and to secure private networks

    Owner(APPLICANT):
    Mozilla Foundation NON-PROFIT CORPORATION CALIFORNIA 1350 Villa Street, Suite C Mountain View CALIFORNIA 940411126

    Filing Date:
    December 22, 2003

    Information found with a search on uspto.gov
  • by The One KEA (707661) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:08AM (#8224606) Journal
    Ben Goodger made a blog entry where he explained the entire rationale behind the name change to Firefox: http://www.bengoodger.com/weblog/archives/cat_mozb log.shtml [bengoodger.com]

    Some of the MozillaZine forum members share the dismay of earlier posters over how this may damage evangelism efforts, because of the effort required in explaining the similarities and differences between Firebird and Firefox. Either way, because Firebird is beta software, these types of name changes can happen with minimal disruption. Imagine what would have happened if this was Firefox 1.0, not Firefox 0.8.
  • Screw it. (Score:5, Funny)

    by DarkHelmet (120004) * <mark@seventhcBAL ... net minus author> on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:09AM (#8224615) Homepage
    I'm just gonna call it "The Browser Formerly Known as Firebird" until they can consistently keep the same name for about two years.

    Then they'll change the project name to "MozillaSoft Internet Explorer" just to confuse a few chaps.

  • by Schwartzboy (653985) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:10AM (#8224624)
    Though I have to admit, for my typical browsing experience I don't see a whole lot of difference between Firebird's latest 0.7 release and Firefox. I'll explore the new tweaks and nifties sooner or later, I suppose.

    Now, somebody tell me at what point the name's going to change again and I can run Firefly 0.9 as my browser of choice? That would be sweet, the icon could be a tiny image of the Serenity...for the current icon, has anyone else wondered if that fox is having a little too much fun with the globe?

    But I digress. I'm looking forward to the 1.0 release, whatever the name ends up being. I'd be interested in knowing what the official marketshare (as far as these things can be determined) is for Fire-[$animal_name]/Mozilla browsers. I know that I've had more stability/popup-blocking goodness out of Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox than I usually get out of IE, and far fewer crashes (Firebird crashed on me once on my XP Pro box. Once in how many months? Let's not even think about IE's crash frequency...)

    Stupid quote of the day: "That browser sucks...it doesn't even support VBScript!"
    • by levell (538346) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:26AM (#8224745) Homepage
      Well I'm not sure about official but you can see what fraction of Google hits come from each browser at the Google Zeitgeist [google.com]. For some reason they don't have browser figures in there year end summary so for the moment the latest figures are for November [google.com]. The numbers for gecko based engines are depressing.
      • by DeadSea (69598) * on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:17AM (#8225139) Homepage Journal
        1.8% Gecko users: My employer, major travel website.
        12% Gecko users: My personal site (1500 uniq a day, tech oriented)
        20% Gecko users: Slashdot (at least the ones that slashdotted me)
      • by Tom (822) on Monday February 09, 2004 @11:55AM (#8226083) Homepage Journal
        Depends a lot on what kind of site you run. Here's my online game:
        1 904331 58.75% MSIE 6.0
        2 449632 29.21% Mozilla/5.0
        3 58935 3.83% MSIE 5.0
        4 58058 3.77% Opera/7.2
        5 33532 2.18% MSIE 5.5
        Which is pretty impressive, given that it's not a Linux-newssite, nor a Free Software project page or anything else Linux/FOSS specific.

        My personal site:
        1 24642 62.16% MSIE 6.0
        2 6832 17.24% Mozilla/5.0
        3 1655 4.18% MSIE 5.0
        4 1149 2.90% MSIE 5.5
        5 620 1.56% Wget/1.8.1
        Different numbers. This site has all kinds of weird stuff on it, some Linux-specific.

        My SELinux site:
        1 2173 53.33% Mozilla/5.0
        2 1045 25.64% MSIE 6.0
        3 308 7.56% Debian APT-HTTP/1.3
        4 160 3.93% Konqueror/3.1
        5 114 2.80% MSIE 5.5
        Pretty obvious. Yes, part of it is a debian mirror for the SELinux packages, that's how apt-get gets in there.

        All these numbers are from February, i.e. as fresh as they can be.

        What do they show? At least as far as I am concerned, the "95% of the people use IE" is a myth, a lie, a marketing gimmick, whatever you want to call it.
  • slashdotted (Score:5, Funny)

    by Lost Dragon (632401) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:10AM (#8224626)
    Firefox 0.8 Our next generation browser is lightning fast in every way. Unless you're trying to download it right now.
  • by crayz (1056) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:11AM (#8224629) Homepage
    (this is on XP): I open up FireFox and have no bookmarks, even though I have hundreds in Mozilla. Oh, I mean I don't have none. I have some basic ones they give you to start with. And my imported IE bookmarks, of which there are none, because I don't use IE. But no Mozilla bookmarks.

    So I close Firebird, go into my Mozilla profile, copy the "bookmarks.html" file from it to the FireFox profile(still in a folder called "Phoenix"), and bam, there's all my bookmarks. Why the damn browser can't do that for me is beyond comprehension.

    Same with all my preferences. No option to inherit these things from Mozilla.

    Overall it is quite a nice browser, and I'd recommend it to people whose computers are too slow/low on memory for the real thing. I still prefer Mozilla, mainly because I think the Modern theme looks better than FireFox's default, because I can't see an easy way to keep FireFox in memory like I do with Mozilla, and because FireFox lacks the wonderful Mozilla ability to simply type text into the URL bar, hit the up key and then enter, and run a Google search. I find the separate Google search field an annoying complication of Mozilla's search ability.
    • by Microlith (54737) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:25AM (#8224742)
      What they need is to include a check for an existing Mozilla installation and offer to run a migration tool, with some interactivity in case some options need user-triage. This goes for thunderbird as well.

      I had no end of trouble trying to migrate to Thunderbird and Firebird^C^C^C^Cfox, and when I did get there, the migration left so many little flaws and fuckups in the programs (like I download a .torrent and no matter what the OK button is disabled.) that I just moved back to mozilla 1.6. What a BREEZE that was!

      So, in summary, if they're going to replace the suite with a pair of seperate programs, they need to:

      a) offer a "suite package" that includes both programs and
      b) make sure that all 3 installers (which both apps need, especially on windows) include a proper migration tool. I will not leave the Moz suite until this is done.
    • by docwardo (304911) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:26AM (#8224744)
      Because some people (like myself) run multiple copies of the different browsers for testing purposes. and I wouldn't want my bookmarks overwritten every time I installed a new copy. and it sould have to ask which mozilla profile to copy as well.

      not that it shouldn't be an option, but it shouldn't be the default.
    • by mst76 (629405) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:48AM (#8224886)
      > ... because I can't see an easy way to keep FireFox in memory like I do with Mozilla

      I just never close it, just minimize :)

      > ... because FireFox lacks the wonderful Mozilla ability to simply type text into the URL bar, hit the up key and then enter, and run a Google search.

      For newbies, Firefox is much better, because there is a constant reminder. When I started using Mozilla, I forgot to use the up-button half of the time. Now that I'm used to it, on Firefox I just press ctrl-k to search (or hit tab if I happen to be in the url-box).
    • by Max Romantschuk (132276) <max@romantschuk.fi> on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:48AM (#8224890) Homepage
      FireFox lacks the wonderful Mozilla ability to simply type text into the URL bar, hit the up key and then enter, and run a Google search. I find the separate Google search field an annoying complication of Mozilla's search ability.

      Actually, typing directly into the Address bar does an I'm feelin lucky -search, which I've found darn convenient. Granted, the search box uses space, but usually so little it's not a problem. The ability to add alternate searches to the search box is great as well.

      I'm not saying you're wrong, but I'd still say the Firefox aproach has it's benefits.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:49AM (#8224893)
      The migration of mozilla settings is scheduled for 0.9. Remember, in spite of appearances, Fire(bird|fox) is still beta software, and it's not feature complete. The plan is to make 0.9 feature complete and then work on polish in the run up to 1.0.

      I'd agree that the mozilla search functionality is easier for advanced users than the corresponding functionality in Firefox. However, the FF functionality is more obvious to less advanced users and more consistent with the behaviour of other programs. Personally, I find that Custom Keywords make for a better search interface than Seamonkey or Firefox. In fact I believe that FF now comes with some custom keywords built in - although you've probably just deleted those by overwriting the bookmarks. See How Cool are Custom Keywords [mozilla.org] for more information.
    • by DeadSea (69598) * on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:53AM (#8224945) Homepage Journal
      I switched to Firebird some time ago from Mozilla and I noticed these things as well. I was upset about the lack of migration from Mozilla ind the need for two text areas at the top - one for urls and one for search.

      There are several things that I have found that I love about it that mozilla didnt have:

      • The ability to move the toolbar elements around with drag and drop. Using this I have put my buttons for back, reload, stop etc, up next to the File menu and the search box on the other side of the menus. This means that my bookmarks have a whole line to themselves and the url bar has a whole line to itself. Much better use of space.
      • You can manage bookmarks in bookmark folders by right clicking on them. (I don't know why this never worked in Mozilla, but I always had to use the bookmark manager.
      • The "live headers" plugin that allows me to see post queries and cookies that get sent to the server.
      • Some plugin allows me to put a checkbox to enable/disable javascript right on the bookmark bar
    • by Jisakiel (589289) on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:43AM (#8225376)
      about:config

      Find "turbo"

      enable it :)
  • by Channard (693317) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:13AM (#8224645) Journal
    .. on the project are..

    'Kung-Browser'
    'Browse-Me-Do'
    'Sparrow'
    'Mech a-Mozilla'

    And in other news, Konami today announced the release of the cut down version of Metal Gear Solid 2 to feature Solid Snake's cousin, Trouser.

    *sign* I mean, whatever name you pick, there's going to be some product already out there with a similar name. It's like that Dilbert strip where the only remaining product names were diseases.
  • Names (Score:5, Funny)

    by CGP314 (672613) <CGP@ColinGregory ... t ['Pal' in gap]> on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:13AM (#8224646) Homepage
    Worth noting that ThunderBird .5 has been released as well.

    Don't you mean ThunderFox?

    -Colin [colingregorypalmer.net]
  • by Xpilot (117961) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:13AM (#8224651) Homepage
    ...here [mozilla.org]. The other open source project in question is a database (obviously) called Firebird [sourceforge.net].

    The mail client is still called "Thunderbird", which IMHO introduces and incongruity in the naming schemes. But then again, what's in a name, eh? Besides, "Thunderfox" would sound dumb.

  • by SenorCitizen (750632) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:16AM (#8224673)
    ....it really is. If every OSS would work as well, be as easy to use and look as good we wouldn't have a single Windows installation in the World.

    That said, I hope they *finally* fixed the bug with going back a page and finding yourself at the top of the page. That one hasn't been around in Mozilla for a while.

    And, they should f'n register a trademark...
  • Lightweight? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Bazman (4849) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:17AM (#8224678) Journal
    Not light enough for our admins to be happy about me sticking it on the Sun E450 that we use for undergraduate teaching. Stuck in an X-terminal lab with only login access to the E450? You're stuck with Netscape 4. They fear 25 firebirds will bring the system to a crawl.

    Anybody know of an even _lighter_ browser, preferably gecko-based, that will work on Solaris? Binaries would be nice :)

    Baz
  • FireFox? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Futurepower(R) (558542) <MJennings.USA@NOT_any_of_THISgmail.com> on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:19AM (#8224703) Homepage

    Finally a name no one else is using! Wait, Firefox [google.com].

    Picking a name for a product, especially an extremely valuable internationally famous product such as this one, is far more difficult than it appears. Those who have never had any experience writing advertising often don't realize how difficult.

    Also, consider the connotations of the name. Where is the burning that would cause the product to be named "fire"? Where is the cleverness that would cause the product to be called "fox"? Maybe the name FireFox is not right for a standard household product meant to be used by the entire family as a way to communicate with the world. Yes, writing the product required an enormous amount of cleverness, but using it doesn't. Also, the name FireFox is made of English words, and most of the world does not speak English.

    The name is IMPORTANT. A good name will ease acceptance. A name that people find difficult can kill acceptance. There is a huge amount of importance in this one word.

    Maybe a made-up word is better. Drug companies use made-up words like Claritin or Cialis to name just two. That has the benefit that the domain name is not taken.
  • FireChick (Score:5, Funny)

    by Phoinix (666047) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:21AM (#8224722)
    I do not like the new name. May I suggest the name "FireChick" in reference to a "smaller" bird?
  • by RDW (41497) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:22AM (#8224727)
    I can see it now - Mitchell Gates (Clint Eastwood), elite Microsoft coder and flashback-impaired veteran of the Browser Wars, is sent behind enemy lines to steal the only production prototype of the Firefox, with its revolutionary thought-controlled toolbar technology ("but remember, Mr Gates, you have to _think in XML_!"). The film ends rather abruptly when someone tells him he can download it for free.
  • by His name cannot be s (16831) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:35AM (#8224795) Journal
    Wait for it...

    Internet Navigator

    TADA!

    All is solved. Everyone happy. Best Name Ever. Service While you wait. Operators are standing by. ;P
    • by slide-rule (153968) on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:18AM (#8225151)
      > Wait for it...
      >
      >Internet Navigator

      Seriously, since at this point the whole naming scheme is fscked anyway, I wonder why they couldn't go back to the old netscape naming conventions:
      Mozilla Navigator (browser only)
      Mozilla Communicator (including Mozilla Mail, etc.)

      Heck, even my family and/or co-workers would be able to know what is going on then, as this would build upon what we finally got them trained on years ago.
    • by JahToasted (517101) <toastafari AT yahoo DOT com> on Monday February 09, 2004 @01:25PM (#8226959) Homepage
      I realise you're joking, but that is a better name than PhoenixBird or Mozilla or whatever.

      I remember working at a community computer centre back a few years ago when netscape and internet explorer were roughly equivalent (if anything netscape was better then). So I had both browsers installed on all the computers with icons on the desktop for each of them side by side.

      Every single new user used IE. Why? "because I wanted to go on the internet so I clicked on internet".

      Now think about how microsoft names its products. Office, Word, Windows, etc. Now think about how popular their products are.

      So now when I install phoenix/firebird/fox on people's computers I make a shortcut on the desktop that simply says "Internet Browser" (then sometimes remove the IE icon). You know what? People use it.

      The best name for software indicates what the software is for right in the name.

  • Bit Torrent Download (Score:5, Informative)

    by ed_g2s (598342) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:35AM (#8224799)
    A Torrent [66.90.75.92] seeing as they've been slashdotted, which I supposed is a Good Thing for them.
  • Firefox Ad Campaign (Score:5, Informative)

    by GarfBond (565331) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:54AM (#8224957)
    Now that a brand name has finally settled, get the Firefox ad campaign buttons! Stick em on your website!

    http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/buttons. ht ml
  • by Spetiam (671180) on Monday February 09, 2004 @09:55AM (#8224970) Journal
    i wish they would still distribute it as a zip file. with the installer, i can't take it around on a pen drive and install on the computer labs at school.
  • Torrent for firebird (Score:5, Informative)

    by mishac (75996) <slashdot@misDEGAShac.com minus painter> on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:12AM (#8225106)
    For those look for a torrent to download the windows version, there is one here [66.90.75.92]
  • What about SVG? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Queuetue (156269) <scott&pantastik,com> on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:13AM (#8225110) Homepage
    I'd really like native SVG support to start appearing in the builds - last I checked the old code is still in the tree. Are there still political/licensing issues preventing it from being in the default builds?
  • by ZipR (584654) on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:21AM (#8225174)
    when they change the name with every release?
  • More info (Score:4, Informative)

    by sepluv (641107) <blakesleyNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:33AM (#8225292)
    It looks like this name change (mainly to satisfy complaints from the Firebird DB guys [sourceforge.net]) will be the last one.

    The name is being filed as a trademark [uspto.gov] and is apparently pretty unique. I was at first leery of another name change, but this should hopefully sort things out once and for all. Also the new fiery-fox-on-globe logo [mozilla.org] is really cool and firefoxes [binderparkzoo.org] (aka red pandas) are just soooo cute.

    BTW, the long delay in the new 0.8 release -- which adds a MSWindows installer, a new default theme for MacOS X and improved filetype, XPI and download management and other stuff [mozilla.org] -- is explained by the time taken to verify that the new name was unique and to file the trademark [uspto.gov].

    There is more info about the name change in the official FAQ [mozilla.org] and a lot of unofficial detail on Ben Goodger's blog [bengoodger.com]

  • by WWWWolf (2428) <wwwwolf@iki.fi> on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:50AM (#8225440) Homepage

    So now there's a button campaign [mozilla.org]! Back in the day, we had Netscape Now!, then there was a MSIE Now!, and then there was a loooong silence. Way too long. Way way WAY too long.

    Party like it's 1996!

    In case you still have that personal homepage thing gathering dust in some corner of the web, or a blog that you think no one reads but several people actually do - DO the button thing! RELIVE the nostalgy! HEAR the whining from standards-brandishing people [anybrowser.org] (who, gritting their teeth, will admit Firefox supports W3C standards well, unlike that other browser)!

    I'll try that page as soon as the mozilla site isn't completely slashdotted. I had to make my own stupid "Mozilla Now" button several months ago, glad Mozilla folks have finally done them themselves =)

  • by MagicFab (7234) on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:57AM (#8225501) Homepage
    (from http://www.mozilla.org/projects/thunderbird/releas e-notes.html )

    Mozilla Thunderbird 0.5

    Release Notes

    Mozilla Thunderbird is a redesign of the integrated Mozilla App-Suite mail component. Our goal is to leverage much of the existing functionality of that product to produce a stand-alone mail application that is simple and extensible. The Thunderbird Mail Product page has more information.

    Owing to the maturity of the foundational code of the app-suite, Thunderbird is very usable; however, it is considered a Preview Release, and as such is assumed to have defects. To help find the defects, the developers happily receive user feedback (via comments in the Mozilla Thunderbird Support forum kindly hosted by MozillaZine, or via bugs filed in Bugzilla.) Please carefully read these release notes before filing any bugs in Bugzilla.

    The focus of this fifth milestone release was on stability and bug fixing. This milestone is based on the recently released Mozilla 1.6 Application suite. Read the Thunderbird Roadmap about the goals of this release. While there is much more work yet to do, the developers are excited about recent progress and are anxious to share their latest efforts with the community. Enjoy!

    This document covers the following topics for the Thunderbird 0.5 milestone release:

    What's New

    Here are the highlights for this Thunderbird release:

    * New Features

    We now support the notion of multiple identities per mail account. This makes it easy to have several email addresses which end up going into the same account. Read More about how to hook this up.

    Thunderbird 0.5 includes Secure Password Authentication using a new cross-platform NTLM authentication mechanism for POP3 and SMTP.

    Option to turn on the Mozilla 1.x style folder columns in Thunderbird (Tools / Options / Advanced / General Settings).

    A new Palm Sync Address book conduit is now available for 0.5. You can now do a one way sync, PC -> Palm or Palm -> PC, by changing the hot sync conduit setup. We now prevent duplicate cards in Thunderbird address books when syncing with Palm categories. Numerous improvements with the initial sync.

    A new, improved version of the offline extension is now available for 0.5. Please read the installation notes in this document about how to first uninstall old extensions.

    Improved Spell Checker including a new US dictionary.

    Ability to paste names or addresses from a spreadsheet directly into the addressing widget of a new compose window.

    Improved profile migration from Netscape 4.x.

    * Recently Fixed Bugs

    If a new message arrives while you are reading a message, we no longer scroll the message body back to the top.

    When saving an IMAP attachment, we no longer re-download the attachment from the server.

    Saving an attachment now brings up a standalone progress window.

    Copying a message to a Sent Folder now shows progress in the progress window.

    When saving or opening an attachment, the progress dialog now reports accurate progress information.

    We now mark IMAP messages read in a folder if they are deleted or moved to another folder. This fixes incorrect unread counts when checking folders other than the Inbox for new messages.

    LDAP searches now honor the directory search filter property.

    Ability to paste a single cell of data from Microsoft Excel into the compose window body.

    Problems with IMAP folders three levels deep not showing up when you are not using the IMAP subscription model.

    Tools / Options / Attachments / Attachment Folder setting is now remembered.

    Linux builds no longer crash when viewing HTML messages requiring a JAVA plugin.

    Improved handling of apple double encoded attachments from OSX clients.

    No more

  • Mirrors (Score:4, Informative)

    by The_Systech (568093) on Monday February 09, 2004 @10:57AM (#8225510) Homepage
    A few mirrors that aren't (yet) saturated... http://ftp.iasi.roedu.net/mirrors/ftp.mozilla.org/ pub/firefox/ ftp://mozilla.mirror.pacific.net.au/mozilla/firefo x/ ftp://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/pub/mirror /ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox
  • by CritterNYC (190163) on Monday February 09, 2004 @12:37PM (#8226477) Homepage
    Is it just me? Or does a FireFox [20gallery-redpanda.htm] kinda look like a badger [badgerbadgerbadger.com]?

    Maybe they should have named it Mozilla Badger. They'd have an instant theme song.
  • by NXprime (573188) on Monday February 09, 2004 @02:49PM (#8227945)
    Mozilla Firefox 0.8 Review

    Some of the best things I like about Mozilla Firefox 0.8:

    1. Two words - Bookmark Management

    Wow! I was able to modify/delete/rename/move 450 bookmarks in a few short hours. It was a combination of being able to edit bookmarks off the menu bar easily and opening a whole folder of websites in seconds. It makes Internet Explorer's 'Organize Favorites' look like a sick joke. Actually it is and I consider it one of the very weak things about Internet Explorer (lets call it IE for short). I simply cannot check all 450 bookmarks to see if the website still exists while using IE. With Mozilla Firefox, it only took like a half hour to get that part done. Tabbed browsing works. Big time. I used to use Tabbrowser Extensions to add some additional tweaks but found it hindered things more than helped. I'll mention what those are in my what I dislike about Mozilla Firefox section.

    2. It doesn't crash

    Oh Mozilla Firefox can still crash if there's bad code written for a web page, make no mistake about that. Still, it's very very rare and it's so much more stable than any Mozilla 1.x Application Suite release. Perhaps its because I have more confidence in Mozilla Firefox than with the Mozilla Application Suite (call it App. Suite for short), due to some previously bad experiences doing real web development with Composer with the 1.5 release. However, this whole crash issue is more of a release-by-release kind of thing. It's my hope that the Mozilla development team continues to focus on making Mozilla Firefox as crash proof as possible. Keep up the good work!

    3. Mozilla Firefox loads up fast

    It is way faster than the App. Suite due to it not preloading several applications I don't use at all. I have no confidence in using Mozilla Mail, nor do I use an email account with POP access. I've tried Composer and it crashed on a regular basis that it was a totally useless program. I also have no clue on how to use ChatZilla, and I keep my small address book in a text file. So my main focus has always been on how well the Mozilla web browser was. Now with Mozilla Firefox I have a web browser that loads almost as fast as IE and to me it's important that it loads fast because it greatly hindered me from switching over for good.

    4. Properly displayed webpages

    There's always going to be one minor annoyance per website since it was built with IE in mind, but all in all, Mozilla developer team finally nailed it. It's good enough for most webpages and when I can't view a webpage properly in Mozilla Firefox , I switch over to IE quickly. There's an extension called 'IE View' that adds a right-click menu option that'll open IE for whatever webpage you are currently on at the moment. Very handy feature and its something I use every now and then. Certain webpages that just don't work well include any Microsoft/MSN website, pages like this http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime .php?id=1825 (try to click on the details link in the middle where they rate the anime, note the website seems down at the moment). MBNA payment page won't work anymore.. ect. Little things like this.

    5. Options dialogue box

    This was one of the things I always thought were desperately needed for a Mozilla web browser. The Application Suite way only shows a directory name (which is sometimes truncated), and you have to double click to see more directories underneath it in order to get to the specific preferences you wanted to change. First of all, you can't at a quick glance get to the section you want right away. There needed to be a visual aid to help guide you to the section you wanted. I always thought the most *ideal* way was a combination of icons and a word or two to describe the general section of preferences. I couldn't believe what I was seeing with the first release of Mozilla Firefox that I tested. Icons plus a short word or two that's not truncated plus I didn't need to do anymo
    • by jsebrech (525647) on Monday February 09, 2004 @08:01PM (#8232368)
      With regards to your dislikes:

      5. Some plug-ins/extensions need to be added to the Mozilla Firefox setup file

      Bundled extensions is planned for the next release (0.9), as demonstrated in the firefox roadmap [mozilla.org].

      7. Download manager clutter

      In options, go to "Privacy", then "Download manager history". You can set it to erase download entries on completion, which is the setting I prefer.

      8. Exporting bookmarks problems

      Actually, replacing & with &amp; is the correct behaviour, since html 4 does not allow & in url's. Firefox stores its bookmarks as html, so I expect that this doesn't happen on export, but on import. If you link to a url containing an ampersand, you need to escape it, always. Yes, it's sort of annoying, but I expect there are good technical reasons (which I'm too lazy to look up). Besides, every browser out there opens url's with &amp; in them correctly. What exactly is the problem?

      9. Default sorting of bookmarks.

      Strange, it sorts them the way you want it in my install. Don't understand why you're seeing this.

      10. Auto-update

      It's called smartupdate, and it's planned for firefox 0.9. See the roadmap [mozilla.org] again.

      11. Uninstall plug-ins/extensions

      Firefox 0.9. Yeah, I know, they're keeping all the cool stuff for the next version. But believe me, they know.

      12. Autoscroll problem.

      This is only a problem for you, due to your dependancy on autoscroll. I use a scrollwheel, and disable autoscroll. This is actually a fixed bug. In previous versions middleclicking a link would sometimes activate autoscroll instead of opening the link. Firefox doesn't do that anymore. I believe the current behaviour is the correct behaviour, since it doesn't neuter the middle mouse button's ability to open new webpages.

      2. Major issue with the Flash Click to view extension

      This is annoying indeed, but it is predictable. Any other implementation would either require micromanagement or trigger flash displaying when you don't want it. And besides, anyone using flash for website navigation is a callous retard and deserves to have their site break in real browsers. (To anyone doubting this: think about what happens when a blind person tries to visit a website that depends on flash for navigation.)

      The flash blocking code has been updated by the way, but it hasn't trickled back to the extension. See jesse rudderman's xbl flash binding [squarefree.com] page.

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