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Mozilla Firefox
Origins and Lineage

The Mozilla Firefox project was created by Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross as an experimental branch of the Mozilla project. Firefox 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004. Firefox 1.5 was released on November 29, 2005. Version 2.0 was released on October 24, 2006 and Firefox 3.0 was released on June 17, 2008.


[edit] Early beginnings: a pared-down browser

Phoenix 0.1, the first official release
Firefox 1.0, the first release targeted for general public

Hyatt and Ross' browser was created to combat the perceived software bloat of the Mozilla Suite (codenamed, internally referred to, and continued by the community as SeaMonkey), which integrated features such as IRC, mail and news, and WYSIWYG HTML editing into one software suite.

Firefox retains the cross-platform nature of the original Mozilla browser, using the XUL user interface markup language. The use of XUL makes it possible to extend the browser's capabilities through the use of extensions and themes. The development and installation processes of these add-ons raised security concerns, and with the release of Firefox 0.9, the Mozilla Foundation opened a Mozilla Update website containing "approved" themes and extensions. The use of XUL sets Firefox apart from other browsers, including other projects based on Mozilla's Gecko layout engine and most other browsers, which use interfaces native to their respective platforms (Galeon and Epiphany use GTK+; K-Meleon uses MFC; and Camino uses Cocoa). Many of these projects were started before Firefox, and probably served as inspiration.

Although the Mozilla Foundation had intended to make the Mozilla Suite obsolete and to replace it with Firefox, the Foundation continued to maintain the suite until April 12, 2006[1] because it had many corporate users, as well as being bundled with other software. The Mozilla community (as opposed to the Foundation) continues to release new versions of the suite using the product name SeaMonkey to avoid any possible confusion with the original Mozilla Suite.

On February 5, 2004 the business and IT consulting company AMS categorized Mozilla Firefox (then Firebird) as a "Tier 1" (meaning "Best of Breed") open source product [2]. This meant that AMS considered Firebird (as it was called at the time) to be virtually risk-free and technically strong.

[edit] Naming

The project which became Firefox started as an experimental branch of the Mozilla Suite called m/b (or mozilla/browser). When sufficiently developed, binaries for public testing appeared in September 2002 under the name Phoenix.

The Phoenix name was retained until April 14, 2003 when it was changed (after a short stint as Phoenix Browser) due to trademark issues with the BIOS manufacturer, Phoenix Technologies (who produce a BIOS-based browser called Phoenix FirstWare Connect). The new name, Firebird, was met with mixed reactions, particularly as the Firebird database server already carried the name. In late April, following an apparent name change to Firebird browser for a few hours, the Mozilla Foundation issued an official statement which stated that the browser should be referred to as Mozilla Firebird (as opposed to just Firebird). Continuing pressure from the Firebird community forced another change, and on February 9, 2004 the project was renamed Mozilla Firefox (or Firefox for short).

The name, "Firefox", was chosen for its similarity to "Firebird", but also for its uniqueness in the computing industry. To ensure that no further name changes would be necessary, the Mozilla Foundation began the process of registering Firefox[3] as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in December 2003. This trademark process led to a delay of several months in the release of Firefox 0.8 when the foundation discovered that in the UK Firefox had already been registered[4] as a trademark for software by The Charlton Company.[5] The situation was resolved when the foundation was given a license to use Charlton's European trademark. The repeated renaming of the program prompted the development of the tongue-in-cheek extension "Firesomething", which allowed users to randomize the name on startup, giving it such satirical soubriquets as "Firegiraffe" or "Moonbadger".

[edit] Branding and visual identity

Various logos used during the development of Firefox

One of the most visible enhancements is the new visual identity of Firefox and Thunderbird. It has often been argued that free software is typically designed only by programmers — rather than graphic designers or usability gurus — and that it frequently suffers from poor icon and GUI design and lacks a strong visual identity. The early Firebird and Phoenix releases of Firefox were considered to have had reasonable visual designs, but were not up to the same standard as many professionally released software packages.

In October 2003, professional interface designer, Steven Garrity, wrote an article covering everything he considered to be wrong with Mozilla's visual identity.[6] The page received a great deal of attention (it was slashdotted). The majority of the criticisms levelled at the article were along the lines of "where's the patch?".

Shortly afterwards, Garrity was invited by the Mozilla Foundation to head up the new visual identity team. The release of Firefox 0.8 in February 2004 saw the introduction of the new branding efforts, including new icons designed by silverorange, a group of web developers with a long-standing relationship with Mozilla, with final renderings by Jon Hicks, who had previously worked on Camino.[7][8] The logo was revised and updated later, fixing some flaws found when the logo was enlarged.[9]

Blue globe artwork is distributed with Firefox source code, and is explicitly not protected as a trademark[10]

The animal shown in the logo is a stylized fox, although "firefox" is considered to be a common name for the Red Panda. The panda, according to Hicks, "didn't really conjure up the right imagery", besides not being widely known.[8] The logo was chosen for the purpose of making an impression, while not shouting out with overdone artwork. The logo had to stand out in the user's mind, be easy for others to remember and stand out while not causing too much distraction when among other icons. It was expected to be the final logo for the product.

The Firefox icon is a trademark used to designate the official Mozilla build of the Firefox software, and builds of official distribution partners.[11] Although the core software is open source, the artwork (along with the quality feedback agent and parts of the installer) is not freely licensed without official permission from the developers. For this reason, Debian and other software distributors who distribute patched or modified versions of Firefox do not use the icon.

[edit] Delicious delicacies

A screenshot showing the "cookies are delicious delicacies" line.

Early Firefox releases featured a preferences panel that described cookies by stating "Cookies are delicious delicacies".

The phrase was representative of the programmers' quirky sense of humor and a general reflection of the free software movement's unconventional approach. The phrase became something of a cult legend and was even featured in an O'Reilly computer book.

The original text was inserted by Blake Ross, one of the lead developers of Firefox, because, he says, "describing something so complicated in such a small space was quite frankly the last thing I wanted to worry about after rewriting the cookie manager".

However, in reflection of the growing acceptance and use of the Firefox browser in the Internet mainstream, the text was later changed. It was considered a bug and was "fixed" by Mike Connor to read "Cookies are pieces of information stored by web pages on your computer. They are used to remember login information and other data". The revision was regarded as more likely to be helpful for the less technically oriented computer users who were now using Firefox—representing Mozilla's desire to appeal to mainstream users.

After this happened, the following remarks were made by Blake Ross over IRC to Mike Connor:

   <blake2> congratulations mconnor 
   <blake2> you just destroyed a legend! 

The text became a popular in-joke and on August 2004, the Delicious Delicacies extension, which is no longer maintained and updated, was released by Jesse Ruderman. This extension restored the old description of cookies, available in several languages.

As of Firefox 2.0, cookies no longer have a description in the preferences window.

[edit] Version 1.5

"Deer Park", the codename of the Firefox 1.1 and 1.5 Alphas, did not include Firefox branding.

On June 23, 2005, the Mozilla Foundation announced that Firefox 1.1 (which became Firefox 1.5) and other new Mozilla products will no longer support Mac OS X v10.1. This is intended to improve the quality of Firefox releases on Mac OS X v10.2 and above. Users of 10.1 could still use Firefox versions from the 1.0.x branch (e.g. Firefox 1.0.7).

Updated options window introduced in Firefox 1.5

Firefox 1.5 was released on November 30, 2005. The original plan was for a Firefox 1.1 and later a Firefox 1.5. After the first two 1.1 alpha builds, the Mozilla Foundation abandoned the 1.1 release plan and merged it with the planned feature set of 1.5 instead, with 1.5 being released later than was planned for 1.1. The new version resynchronised the code-base of the release builds (as opposed to nightly builds) with the core "trunk" which contained additional features not available in 1.0, as it branched from the trunk around the 0.9 release. As such, there was a backlog of bug fixes between 0.9 and the release of 1.0, which were made available in 1.5. Version 1.5 implemented a new Mac-like options interface, which was the subject of much criticism from Windows and Linux users, with a "Sanitize" action to allow a person to clear their privacy related information without manually clicking the "Clear All" button. In Firefox 1.5, a user can clear all privacy-related settings simply by exiting the browser or using a keyboard shortcut, depending on their settings. Moreover, the software update system was improved (with binary patches now possible). There were also improvements in the extension management system, with a number of new developer features.

Also, Firefox 1.5 had (partial) SVG 1.1 support, as shown in Mozilla's Bugzilla database. This unplanned movement may have been due to the release of Opera 8.0 on April 19, 2005, which supported SVG Tiny.

Alpha builds of Firefox 1.5 (1.1a1 and 1.1a2) did not contain Firefox branding. They were labeled "Deer Park" (which was Firefox 1.5's internal codename) and contained a different program icon. This was done to dissuade end-users from downloading preview versions, which are intended for developers only.

Firefox is the final version supported on Windows 95.

[edit] Version 2

Mozilla Firefox running on Ubuntu

On March 22, 2006, the first alpha version of Firefox 2 (Bon Echo Alpha 1) was released. It featured Gecko 1.8.1 for the first time.

Firefox 2 was released on October 24, 2006 and contained many new features not found in Firefox 1.5, including improved support for SVG and JavaScript 1.7, as well as UI changes.

Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.x is the final version supported on Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98. Mozilla Corporation has announced that it will not develop new versions of Firefox 2 after the Firefox release. They will however continue development of Firefox 2 as long as other programs, like the Thunderbird mail client, are depending on it. The current internal release is

[edit] Firefox Live Chat

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.[12]

[edit] Version 3.0

Mozilla Firefox 3.0 on Ubuntu

The Mozilla Foundation released Firefox 3 on June 17, 2008. The first Firefox 3 beta (under codename 'Gran Paradiso'.[13] ) had been released several months earlier on 19 November 2007[14], which was followed by several more beta releases in the Spring of 2008 culminating in the June release.[15]

One of the major changes in Firefox 3 is the implementation of Gecko 1.9, an updated layout engine. The new version fixes many bugs and implements new web APIs.[16]

[edit] Version 3.5

Version 3.1 Beta 2 was launched on December 8, 2008, adding new video support and a private browsing feature and enhancing the speed of some JavaScript computations. Another beta is planned which has been delayed several times due to some showstoppers. The new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine is turned on by default which is slated to be the fastest JavaScript engine. In several benchmarks, TraceMonkey is 1.2x faster than Chrome's V8 and 5x to 20x faster than other browsers' engines. The new tab switching behavior has been removed because of user feedbacks. Firefox 3.1 beta 3 was released on March 12, 2009.

Mozilla developers have decided to change the numbering of this release to version 3.5, to reflect a significantly greater scope of changes than was originally planned. The first release to reflect this change will be Firefox 3.5 Beta 4.

[edit] Version 3.6

The release following Firefox 3.1 (since changed to Firefox 3.5) was originally referred to as 3.2. Since the change, Mozilla developer Mike Shaver has indicated that the release number will be referred to as 3.6 ad interim.[17] The codename for this version has been set to Namoroka.[18] The release date is not yet known. Development started on 1 December 2008.[19] This release will use the Gecko 1.9.2 engine on the Mozilla 2 platform and include several interface improvements, such as new graphical tab-switching behavior, which was removed from 3.1 Beta 2.

[edit] Future development

The precursory releases of upcoming Firefox releases are codenamed "Minefield", as this is the name of the trunk builds. Development of Firefox after version 3.0 is split over two milestones: version 3.1 and version 4.0. Firefox 3.0, formerly in the development stage, was released to the general public on June 17, 2008.[20] Development for the 3.5 releases takes place on the Mozilla trunk, with releases and pre-release nightly builds coming from the Mozilla 1.8.1 branch (2.0) and the Mozilla 1.9 branch (3.0). Development for 4.0 will be based on Mozilla 2. Mitchell Baker, Mozilla's former Chief Executive Officer, had mentioned some possible future features of Firefox in an interview for APC Magazine. These features included open-source, in-browser video playback, offline application support, and a version of Firefox for mobile phones.[21]

[edit] Release history

Colour Meaning
Red Old release; not supported
Yellow Old release; still supported
Green Current release
Purple Test release
Blue Future release
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.
0.6.1 July 28, 2003 Bugfix release.
0.7 Indio October 15, 2003 Automatic scrolling, password manager, preferences panel improvements.
0.7.1 Three Kings October 26, 2003 Bugfix release (Mac OS X only).
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).
0.9.1 June 28, 2004 Bugfix release, updated default theme.
0.9.2 July 8, 2004 Vulnerability patch (Windows only).
0.9.3 August 4, 2004 Vulnerability patch.
0.10 (1.0 PR) Greenlane September 14, 2004 ("Preview Release") Bugs with higher complexity/risk, localization impact, RSS/Atom feed support, find toolbar, plugin finder.
0.10.1 October 1, 2004 Vulnerability patch.
1.0 RC1 Mission Bay October 27, 2004 First release candidate.
1.0 RC2 Whangamata November 3, 2004 Second release candidate.
1.0 Phoenix November 9, 2004 Official version 1.0 release. Official localized builds.
1.0.1 Rose & Crown February 24, 2005 Stability and security improvements.
1.0.2 March 23, 2005 Stability and security improvements.
1.0.3 April 15, 2005 Security and installer improvements.
1.0.4 May 11, 2005 Vulnerability and DHTML regression patch.
1.0.5 July 12, 2005 Vulnerability patch.
1.0.6 July 19, 2005 Fix for extension API regression.
1.0.7 September 20, 2005 Vulnerability patch and regression fix.
1.0.8 April 13, 2006 Stability improvement and security fixes. End-of-life of 1.0.x product line.
1.8 1.1a1 Deer Park Alpha 1
May 31, 2005 Support for SVG and canvas. "Sanitize" privacy feature. Improvements in JavaScript 1.5 and CSS 2/3. Broken website reporter tool.
1.1a2 Deer Park Alpha 2 July 12, 2005 Blazing fast backwards and forwards (FastBack), drag-and-drop tab reordering, improved pop-up blocking, error pages instead of error dialogs.
1.4 Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 September 9, 2005 New update system (binary patch). Prettier error pages, more Luna-like Winstripe theme (does not blend well with the Classic theme).
1.4.1 Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 October 6, 2005 Improvements to automated update system, website rendering and performance. Several security fixes.
1.5 RC1 November 1, 2005 First release candidate.
1.5 RC2 November 10, 2005 Second release candidate.
1.5 RC3 November 17, 2005 Third release candidate.
1.5 Firefox 1.5
"Deer Park"
November 29, 2005 Official version 1.5 release. Official localized builds. Identical to 1.5 RC3. February 1, 2006 Security and "reliability" improvements. April 13, 2006 Stability improvements, security fixes and native support for Intel-based Macintosh computers, aka universal binary. May 2, 2006 Security fix for a publicly disclosed denial of service weakness. June 1, 2006 Stability improvements and security fixes. July 26, 2006 Stability improvements, added changes for Frisian locale (fy-NL), several security fixes. August 2, 2006 Fixes a streaming Windows Media regression introduced by a security fix in version September 14, 2006 Stability improvements and security fixes. November 7, 2006 Stability improvements and security fixes. December 19, 2006 Security and stability updates. February 23, 2007 Security and stability updates. March 20, 2007 Regression fixes. May 30, 2007 Stability improvements and security fixes. End-of-life of 1.5.0.x product line.
Mozilla Firefox 2 1.8.1 2.0a1 Bon Echo Alpha 1 March 22, 2006 First Firefox 2.0 alpha release.
2.0a2 Bon Echo Alpha 2 May 12, 2006 Links default to open in new tab. Close button on every tab. Inline spell checking for text boxes. 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. Updates to the extension system. Support for Sherlock and OpenSearch. Support for SVG text using svg:textPath.
2.0a3 Bon Echo Alpha 3 May 26, 2006 Anti-phishing protection. Search suggestions appear with search history in the search box for Google and Yahoo!. Support for client-side session and persistent storage.
2.0b1 Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 July 12, 2006 Improved feed support. A new NSIS-based installer. JavaScript 1.7. Enhanced security and localization support for extensions.
2.0b2 Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 August 31, 2006 New Winstripe theme refresh: New navigation icons, URL bar refresh (New Go button attached to the URL bar), Search bar refresh, Tab bar refresh, Alltabs button (used to view a popup list of all tabs open)
2.0 RC1 September 26, 2006 First release candidate.
2.0 RC2 October 6, 2006 Second release candidate.
2.0 RC3 October 16, 2006 Third release candidate.
2.0 Firefox 2
"Bon Echo"
October 24, 2006 Official version 2.0 release. Official localized builds. Identical to 2.0 RC3. December 19, 2006 Stability improvements and security fixes. February 23, 2007 Stability improvements and security fixes. March 20, 2007 Regression fixes and security fixes. May 30, 2007 Stability improvements and security fixes. July 17, 2007 Stability and security fixes. July 30, 2007 Stability and security fixes. September 18, 2007 Security fix. October 18, 2007 Security fix, Mac OS X 10.5 support. November 1, 2007 Stability fixes. November 26, 2007 Security issues fixed. November 30, 2007 Corrected a problem that was found in the previous release, Firefox February 7, 2008 Stability and security fixes. March 25, 2008 Stability and security fixes. April 16, 2008 Stability fixes. July 1, 2008 Stability and security fixes. July 15, 2008 Security fixes. September 23, 2008 Stability and security fixes. November 12, 2008 Stability and security fixes. December 16, 2008 Stability and security fixes. December 18, 2008 Single security fix. End-of-life of 2.0.0.x product line.
Mozilla Firefox 3 1.9 3.0a1 Gran Paradiso Alpha 1 December 8, 2006 Cairo graphics library. Cocoa Widgets in OS X builds. Updated threading model. 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. Windows 95, 98, ME and Mac OS X v10.2 are no longer supported. Moving DOM nodes between documents now requires a call to importNode or adoptNode as per the DOM specification.
3.0a2 Gran Paradiso Alpha 2 February 7, 2007 Reflow refactoring, which led to Acid2 test compliance among many other fixes to layout bugs. Web Apps 1.0 API for changing stylesheets support. The inline-block and inline-table values of CSS 2.1's display property are now implemented. XML documents can now be rendered as they're downloaded instead of only after the full document has been loaded. Greatly improved Mac widgets support since Alpha 1. Improvements in the Cairo graphics layer. The non-standard JavaScript "Script" object is no longer supported.
3.0a3 Gran Paradiso Alpha 3 March 23, 2007 Support for allowing web pages to store resources in the browser's offline cache. Support for Animated PNG images. Support for the "HTTPOnly" cookie extension which provides enhanced cookie privacy (also backported to Firefox[22]). Improvements to the precision of layout and scaling across many screen and printer resolutions.
3.0a4 Gran Paradiso Alpha 4 April 27, 2007 Adding of FUEL JavaScript library for extension developers. Rewrite of the Page Info dialog. Upgrade to Cairo 1.4.2. More Cocoa regression fixes.
3.0a5 Gran Paradiso Alpha 5 June 6, 2007 Places (bookmark and history service based on SQLite) now used by default, but no front-end changes. Breakpad now used as crash reporter on Windows and Mac OS X, which will supersede the closed-source Talkback. Password manager rewrite. Support for Growl and native widgets within forms for Mac OS X.
3.0a6 Gran Paradiso Alpha 6 July 2, 2007 Upgrade of SQLite to version 3.3.17, which led to increased cookie performance due to the transition of the cookie service to SQLite. A site-specific preference service; so far only text zoom uses it which allows the text zoom setting to stay persistent on each website. Support for native widgets within forms for Linux. A new Quit dialog which handles multiple windows more elegantly, and allows the user to save the session once to resume next time. Autoscroll rewrite: many bug fixes and a significant performance gain. Fixes to the use of units within the download manager. Various Places bug fixes.
3.0a7 Gran Paradiso Alpha 7 August 3, 2007 More API's implemented from WHATWG specs, such as the ability to read files from file selection fields without the need to upload, oncut/copy/paste events and cross-site XMLHttpRequest. New protocol-handling dialog. Experimental full-page zoom support, but no UI to control it yet. Many Mac OS X bug fixes, at the cost of OS X 10.3 no longer being supported for Gecko 1.9. Many general bug fixes.
3.0a8 Gran Paradiso Alpha 8 September 20, 2007 [23] New, basic UI for tagging bookmarks. Remember Password prompt changed to a non-modal information bar. Malware blacklist support. New UI for the FTP and File protocol listings. Applications pane added to preferences. Basic support for web-based protocol handlers.
3.0b1 Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 November 19, 2007 [23] First Firefox 3.0 beta release.
3.0b2 Firefox 3.0 Beta 2 December 18, 2007 [23] New UI improvements, including redesigned location bar, Places Organizer, Smart Bookmarks. Various stability and performance improvements.
3.0b3 Firefox 3.0 Beta 3 February 12, 2008 [23] New UI improvements, including redesigned buttons and location bar. Firefox now features different default native themes for different operating systems. Upgraded to SQLite 3.5.4[24] Various stability and performance improvements.
3.0b4 Firefox 3.0 Beta 4 March 10, 2008 [23] New UI improvement, including improved default themes for different operating systems. Various improvements in speed and resource usage.
3.0b5 Firefox 3.0 Beta 5 April 2, 2008 [23] Further improved themes to match various operating systems, JavaScript engine optimizations for speed, improved Places organizer.
3.0 RC1 Firefox 3.0 Release Candidate 1 May 16, 2008 [23] First release candidate of Firefox 3.
3.0 RC2 Firefox 3.0 Release Candidate 2 June 5, 2008 Second release candidate of Firefox 3.
3.0 RC3 Firefox 3.0 Release Candidate 3 June 11, 2008 [25] Third release candidate of Firefox 3.
3.0 Firefox 3
"Gran Paradiso"
June 17, 2008[26]
3.0.1 July 16, 2008 Stability and security fixes.
3.0.2 September 23, 2008 Stability and security fixes.
3.0.3 September 26, 2008 Bug fix for retrieving and saving passwords [27]
3.0.4 November 12, 2008 Stability and security fixes.
3.0.5 December 16, 2008 Stability and security fixes.
3.0.6 February 3, 2009 Stability and security fixes.
3.0.7 March 4, 2009 Stability and security fixes.
3.0.8 March 27, 2009 Two critical security fixes.
3.0.9 April 22, 2009 Stability and security fixes.
3.0.10 May 19, 2009 Stability and security fixes.
Mozilla Firefox 3.5 1.9.1 3.1a1 Shiretoko Alpha 1 July 28, 2008 Web standards improvements. Text API for the <canvas> element. Support for using border images. Support for DOM query selectors. Improvements to Smart Location Bar. New tab switching behavior. [28]
3.1a2 Shiretoko Alpha 2 September 5, 2008
3.1b1 Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 October 14, 2008 Web standards improvements in the Gecko layout engine. Added support for CSS 2.1 and CSS 3 properties. A new tab-switching shortcut that shows previews of the tab you're switching to. Improved control over the Smart Location Bar using special characters to restrict your search. Support for new web technologies.
3.1b2 Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 December 8, 2008 This beta is now available in 54 languages. Added a new Private Browsing Mode. Added functions to make it easy to clear recent history by time as well as remove all traces of a website. New support for web worker threads. The new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine is on by default for web content. Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering. Removed the new tab-switching behavior based on feedback from users. Support for new web technologies.
3.1b3 Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 March 12, 2009 This beta is now available in 64 languages. Improved the new Private Browsing Mode. Improvements to web worker thread support. Improved performance and stability with the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine. New native JSON support. Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering. Support for new web technologies such as the <video> and <audio> elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, CSS 2.1 and 3 properties, SVG transforms and offline applications.
3.5b4 Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 April 22, 2009 This beta has a name change
3.5 Firefox 3.5
est Q2 2009
Mozilla Firefox 4 2.0 4.0 Namoroka early 2010

Three Kings, Royal Oak, One Tree Hill, Mission Bay, and Greenlane are all suburbs in Auckland, New Zealand; Whangamata is a small seaside town in the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. The codenames were chosen from these suburb names by Ben Goodger, who grew up in Auckland. The other codenames included in the Firefox roadmap are derived from an actual roadmap of a journey through California to Phoenix, Arizona. Gran Paradiso is an Italian mountain.

According to Ben Goodger, "Deer Park is not Deer Park, Victoria, but just a symbolic name: "I was riding LIRR a few weeks ago and saw the name go by and I thought it sounded nice". Therefore, this is likely a reference to Deer Park, New York, a CDP on Long Island.

[edit] Release compatibility

Operating system Latest stable version
Linux kernel 2.2.14 and newer
(with some libraries)
3.0.8 [29]
Mac OS X v10.1 1.0.8
v10.4-10.5 3.0.8 [29]
OS/2 and eComStation 3.0.6 [30]
Microsoft Windows 95
NT 4/98/ME
Home Server/2008

[edit] See also

[edit] References

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  2. ^ Keating, Wick (2004-02-05). "Open source: Swimming with the tide. In Consultants' Briefing". CIO Magazine. 
  3. ^ U.S. Trademark 78,344,043
  4. ^ UK Trademark 2,007,607
  5. ^

    Class 09: Computer software for use in managed communications and connectivity. Class 42: Computer consultancy services; licensing and rental of computer software; design and development of computer software; maintenance, installation and up-dating of computer software; advisory services relating to computer programs and software

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