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Firefox History

Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross began working on the Firefox project as an experimental branch of the Mozilla project. They believed the commercial requirements of Netscape's sponsorship and developer-driven feature creep compromised the utility of the Mozilla browser.To combat what they saw as the Mozilla Suite's software bloat, they created a stand-alone browser, with which they intended to replace the Mozilla Suite. On April 3, 2003, the Mozilla Organization announced that they planned to change their focus from the Mozilla Suite to Firefox and Thunderbird.

The Firefox project has undergone several name changes. Originally titled Phoenix, it was renamed because of trademark issues with Phoenix Technologies. The replacement name, Firebird, provoked an intense response from the Firebird free database software project.In response, the Mozilla Foundation stated that the browser should always bear the name Mozilla Firebird to avoid confusion with the database software. Continuing pressure from the database server's development community forced another change; on February 9, 2004, Mozilla Firebird became Mozilla Firefox, often referred to as simply Firefox and Mozilla prefers it be abbreviated as Fx or fx.

The Firefox project went through many versions before 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004. In addition to stability and security fixes, the Mozilla Foundation released its first major update to Firefox version 1.5 on November 29, 2005. On October 24, 2006, Mozilla released Firefox 2. This version includes updates to the tabbed browsing environment, the extensions manager, the GUI, and the find, search and software update engines; a new session restore feature; inline spell checking; and an anti-phishing feature which was implemented by Google as an extensionand later merged into the program itself.In December 2007, Firefox Live Chat was launched. It allows users to ask volunteers questions through a system powered by Jive Software, with guaranteed hours of operation and the possibility of help after hours.

Release history

Old version Current version Pre-release version Future version
Browser Name Gecko version Version Codename Release date Significant changes
Phoenix 1.2 0.1 Pescadero September 23, 2002 First release; customizable toolbar, quicksearch.
0.2 Santa Cruz October 1, 2002 Sidebar, extension management.
0.3 Lucia October 14, 2002 Image blocking, pop-up blocking whitelist, tabbed browsing.
1.3 0.4 Oceano October 19, 2002 Themes, pop-up blocking improvements, toolbar customization.
0.5 Naples December 7, 2002 Multiple homepages, sidebar and accessibility improvements, history
Mozilla Firebird 1.5 0.6 Glendale May 17, 2003 New default theme (Qute), bookmark and privacy improvements, smooth scrolling, automatic image resizing.
0.7 Indio October 15, 2003 Automatic scrolling, password manager, preferences panel improvements.
Mozilla Firefox 1.6 0.8 Royal Oak February 9, 2004 Windows installer, offline working, bookmarks and download manager improvements, rebranded with new logo.
1.7 0.9 One Tree Hill June 15, 2004 New default theme (Winstripe), comprehensive data migration, new extension/theme manager, reduced download size, new help system, Linux installer, mail icon (Windows only).
1.0 Phoenix November 9, 2004 Official version 1.0 release. Official localized builds. Added new features such as RSS/Atom feed support, find toolbar, plugin finder. Reached its end of life on April 13, 2006 with the release of version 1.0.8.[18] (support for older versions of Firefox typically ends six months after a new major version is available).[19]
1.8 1.5 Deer Park November 29, 2005 Official version 1.5 release. Official localized builds. Added support for SVG and canvas, UI adjustments and improvements in JavaScript 1.5 and CSS 2/3. Reached its end of life on May 30, 2007 with the release of Firefox[20]
Mozilla Firefox 2 1.8.1 2.0 Bon Echo October 24, 2006 Official version 2.0 release. Official localized builds. Added new features such as session restoration after a browser crash, search suggestion for Google and Yahoo!, new search plugin manager and add-on manager, web feed previewing, bookmark microsummaries and anti-phishing protection. Winstripe theme refresh. Included support for JavaScript 1.7. February 7, 2008 Current stable version. Stability and security fixes.
Mozilla Firefox 3 1.9 3.0b3 Firefox 3.0 Beta 3 February 12, 2008 [21] Cairo used as a graphics backend. Cocoa Widgets included in OS X builds. API's implemented from WHATWG specs. Changes to how DOM events are dispatched, how HTML object elements are loaded, and how web pages are painted. New SVG elements and filters, and improved SVG specification compliance. Acid2 test compliant. New UI improvements, including default themes for different operating systems and new download manager. Windows 95, 98, ME and Mac OS X v10.2 no longer supported. integration in the Add-ons window.
3.0 Gran Paradiso
Mozilla Firefox 4 2.0 4.0


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