I woke up this morning to find that my favorite browser, Mozilla Firebird, had released a new version AND had changed its name to Mozilla Firefox! Needless to say, I was surprised, and wondered why the change occurred. After reading the Mozilla Livejournal community I found out why:
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 mozilla.org and affiliated parties until mozilla.org 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.
(Information via MozillaZine.)
So, if you use the browser formerly known as Firebird, go ahead and download version 0.8! If you also use Mozilla Thunderbird for your email, version 0.5 is out as well, and go ahead and try out the new version! I know I’ll be downloading both when I return to my apartment later on today.