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Mozilla Firefox

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Template:Redirect Template:Infobox Software Mozilla Firefox (originally known as "Phoenix" and briefly as "Mozilla Firebird") is a free, cross-platform, graphical web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation and hundreds of volunteers Template:Ref. Before its 1.0 release on November 9, 2004, Firefox had already garnered a great deal of acclaim from numerous media outlets, including Forbes Template:Ref and the Wall Street Journal Template:Ref. With over 25 million downloads in the 99 days after its release, Firefox became one of the most-used free and open source applications, especially among home users Template:Ref. The 50 millionth download of Firefox occurred on April 29, 2005, less than 6 months after the 1.0 release.

With Firefox, the Mozilla Foundation aims to develop a lightweight, fast, intuitive, and highly extensible standalone browser based on the Navigator component of the Mozilla Application Suite. Firefox has become the foundation's main development focus (along with its Thunderbird email client), and has replaced the Mozilla Suite as their official main software release).

Firefox includes an integrated pop-up blocker, tabbed browsing, live bookmarks, support for open standards, and an extension mechanism for adding functionality. Although these features were introduced by other browsers, Firefox is the first such browser to be widely adopted.

Firefox has attracted attention as an alternative to other browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer. As of April 2005, estimates of Firefox's usage share range from 8–10% of overall browser usage (see market adoption section. Firefox has reduced Internet Explorer's dominant usage share, and may even re-ignite the browser wars.

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History

Main article: History of Mozilla Firefox

Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross began working on the Firefox project as an experimental branch of the Mozilla project. They believed that 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 pared-down browser (then known as Phoenix, today known as Firefox), with which they intended to replace the Mozilla Suite. Ben Goodger currently works as the lead developer of Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox retains the cross-platform nature of the original Mozilla browser by using the XUL user interface markup language. Through Firefox's support of XUL, users may extend their browser's capabilities by applying themes and extensions. Initially, these add-ons raised security concerns, so with the release of Firefox 0.9, the Mozilla Foundation opened Mozilla Update, a website containing themes and extensions "approved" as not harmful.

MozillaZine, a website with news, forums and weblogs for Mozilla-related topics, dates from September 1, 1998 and hosts the official discussion forum for Mozilla Firefox. A group of individuals unaffiliated with the Mozilla Foundation runs MozillaZine.

The Mozilla Foundation had intended to make the Mozilla Suite obsolete and to replace it with Firefox. On March 10, 2005, the Foundation announced that official releases of Mozilla would cease with the 1.7.x series. The Foundation continues to maintain the 1.7.x branch because of its continued use by many corporate users, and because makers of other software still often bundle the product. The Mozilla community (as opposed to the Foundation) will release Version 1.8, which will no longer use the Mozilla Suite name. The new name, though already chosen, awaits legal clearance before its announcement. The Mozilla Foundation will continue giving support (such as CVS hosting) for the Mozilla community developers.

Naming

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The Firefox (source (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/buttons.html))

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 survived until April 14, 2003, when it changed due to trademark issues with the BIOS manufacturer, Phoenix Technologies (who produce a BIOS-based browser). The new name, Firebird, was provoked mixed reactions, particularly since the free database software Firebird uses the same name. In late April, following an apparent name-change to Firebird browser for a few hours, the Mozilla Foundation stated that the browser should always bear the name Mozilla Firebird in order to avoid confusion with the Firebird database server. However, continuing pressure from the FLOSS community forced another change, and on February 9, 2004, Mozilla Firebird became Mozilla Firefox (or Firefox for short).

The Mozilla Foundation chose the name "Firefox" for its similarity to "Firebird", but also for its uniqueness in the computing industry. To avoid any potential further name changes, the Mozilla Foundation began the process of registering Firefox as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in December 2003 Template:Ref. As "Firefox" already existed as a registered trademark in the United Kingdom, the Mozilla Foundation licensed the name from the trademark's owner.

Branding and visual identity

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Various logos used during the development of Firefox

The adoption of a new visual identity marks one of Firefox's most visible enhancements from its previous versions. Some people have noted that free software frequently suffers from poor icon and user interface design and from a lack of a strong visual identity. Such opinion held that the early releases of Firefox sported "reasonable" visual designs, but did not regard them as of a standard equivalent to many "professionally"-released software packages. The release of Firefox 0.8 in February 2004 saw the introduction of new branding efforts, including new icons. Jon Hicks (http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/portfolio/mozilla-logos) designed the icon for Firefox 0.8 and up.

The logo depicts a stylized fox, even though "firefox" serves as the common name of the red panda. The specific logo won selection because it makes an impression, while still not "shouting" with overdone artwork.

The Firefox icon functions as a trademark used to designate the official Mozilla build of the Firefox software. Although Firefox uses open source core software, free licensing does not extend to the artwork. For this reason, software distributors who distribute patched or modified versions of Firefox may not use the icon.

Release history

Firefox has developed considerably since its first release as Phoenix on September 23, 2002. Pre-1.0 releases suffered many issues with extensions, as the code for handling them changed from version to version. Several minor releases took place in the 1.0.x branch to address some security and regression issues.

The "Deer Park Alpha 1" (Firefox 1.1a1) also appeared at the end of May. It uses the latest Gecko core (1.8b1) as a basis, and features numerous bug fixes, partial support of SVG 1.1 and support of HTML canvas element. In an attempt to dissuade end-users from downloading the preview versions, "Deer Park Alpha 1" does not use the standard Mozilla Firefox branding. "Deer Park" serves as the codename for Firefox 1.1.

Throughout its development, Firefox versions have had internal codenames. These have a basis in real locations, with codenames such as Three Kings, Royal Oak, One Tree Hill, Mission Bay, and Greenlane all referencing suburbs in Auckland, New Zealand and the name Whangamata coming from a small seaside town on the Coromandel Peninsula, south-east of Auckland in New Zealand. Ben Goodger, who grew up in Auckland, chose these codenames. The other codenames included in the Firefox roadmap derive from an actual roadmap of a journey through California to Phoenix, Arizona Template:Ref

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 name probably references Deer Park, New York, a CDP on Long Island.

Future development

The next planned release of Firefox, version 1.1, has a target release date of July 2005, Firefox 1.1 will resync the code-base of the release builds (as opposed to nightly builds) with the core "trunk" which contains additional features not available in 1.0, as it branched from the trunk around the 0.9 release. As such, a backlog of bug fixes between 0.9 and the release of 1.0 will become available in 1.1. Version 1.1 will also implement a new Mac-like option interface, much criticised by some 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. Users will have the option of clearing all privacy-related settings simply by exiting the browser or by using a keyboard shortcut, depending on their settings. Template:Ref Moreover, the Software Update System will improve (with binary patch possible) Template:Ref. Users can also expect improvements in the Extension management system Template:Ref and partial SVG 1.1 support, as shown in Mozilla's Bugzilla database and the latest nightlies Template:Ref. This unheralded movement has happened due to the release on April 19, 2005 of Opera 8.0, which supports SVG Tiny.

According to the roadmap, future Firefox development will feature three milestones: version 1.1, version 1.5 and version 2.0. Development for these releases will take place on the Mozilla trunk, with a release coming off a branch Template:Ref.

Likely goals for Firefox include Template:Ref:

  • New "Places" interface for Bookmark and History
  • Tabbed Browsing improvements
  • Specific options per-site
  • Extension system enhancements
  • Find Toolbar, Software Update, Search enhancements
  • Accessibility compliance
  • Download resuming, detection of signed executables

Features

Main article: Features of Mozilla Firefox

The developers of Firefox aim to produce a browser that "just works" for most casual users. Those interested can add (as extensions and plugins) many features not packaged with Firefox.

Usability and accessibility

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Screenshot of performing "Find as you type". The user typed "ency" and the browser highlighted the first matched text found with green.

Developers put in a large amount of work towards simplifying Firefox's user interface. As a result, the interface appears less cluttered than that of many other internet suites, such as Mozilla and Opera. The design of Firefox's option panels leaves many of the infrequently-used options found in the Mozilla Suite not visible in Firefox.

Firefox supports tabbed browsing, which allows users to open multiple web pages in the same browser window. This feature originated in the Mozilla Suite, which in turn had borrowed the feature from the popular MultiZilla (http://multizilla.mozdev.org) extension for Mozilla. Firefox also belongs in the group of browsers who early on adopted customizable pop-up blocking.

The browser has a number of features which help users find information. First, Firefox has an incremental find feature known as "find as you type". With this feature enabled, a user can simply begin typing a word while viewing a web page, and Firefox automatically searches for it and highlights the first instance found. As the user types more of the word, Firefox refines its search.

Firefox also sports a built-in search toolbar with an extensible search engine listing. By default, Firefox allows users to search Google, Yahoo!, Amazon.com, Creative Commons, Dictionary.com, and eBay. Users may download more search plugins (including one for Wikipedia (http://mycroft.mozdev.org/quick/wikipedia.html)) from the Mycroft project.

Additionally, Firefox supports the "custom keyword" feature introduced by the Mozilla Suite. This feature allows users to access their bookmarks from the location bar using keywords (and an optional query parameter). For example, using a custom keyword, a user can type "google apple" into the address bar and be redirected to the results of a Google search for "apple". When a user enters words into Firefox's address bar without a search keyword (or with the "goto" keyword), Firefox automatically redirects the user to the first result yielded by a Google search for the words.

Customizability

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A typical XPInstall confirmation dialog

The design of Firefox aims at high extensibility. Through extensions (installed via XPInstall modules), users may activate new features, such as mouse gestures, advertisement blocking, proxy server switching, and debugging tools. Wikipedia editors using Firefox can even download (http://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=351) a customised toolbar. Many features formerly part of the Mozilla Suite, such as IRC client (ChatZilla) and a calendar, have become Firefox extensions.

One can view the extension system as a ground for experimentation, where one can test new functionalities. Occasionally, an extension becomes part the official product (for example MultiZilla, an extension which added tabbed browsing to Mozilla, eventually became part of standard Mozilla).

Firefox also supports a variety of themes/skins, which change its appearance. Themes consist of packages of CSS and image files. The Mozilla Update web site offers many themes for downloading. Beyond adding a new theme, users can customize Firefox's interface by moving and manipulating its various buttons, fields, and menus, and likewise by adding and deleting entire toolbars.

A Firefox installation can keep all extensions and themes available on the Mozilla Update site up-to-date through Firefox's interface, which periodically checks for updates to installed themes and extensions.

Additionally, Firefox stores many hidden preferences that users can access by typing about:config in the address bar. This mechanism enables features such as single-window mode and error-pages, or speeding up page rendering by various tweaks. Experimental features like HTTP pipelining often lurk hidden in the about:config menu.

Support for software standards

The Mozilla Foundation takes pride in Firefox's compliance with existing standards, especially W3C web standards. Firefox has extensive support for most basic standards including HTML, XML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, DOM, MathML, DTD, XSL and XPath.

Firefox also supports PNG images and variable transparency, (which Internet Explorer will not support fully until the not-yet-released version 7 Template:Ref). Indeed, Internet Explorer's lack of support for PNG images has occasioned much debate, as many web developers want to move away from the old GIF format, which does not have the same capabilities and image quality as PNG.

Mozilla contributors constantly improve Firefox's support for existing standards. Firefox has already implemented most of CSS Level 2 and some of the not-yet-completed CSS Level 3 standard. Also, work continues on implementing standards currently missing, including SVG, APNG, and XForms. The latest Firefox nightlies build with partial SVG 1.1 support, although disabling the functionality by default Template:Ref. (See Firefox's SVG status page (http://www.mozilla.org/projects/svg/status.html).)

Cross-platform support

Mozilla Firefox runs on a wide variety of platforms. Releases available on the primary distribution site support the following operating systems Template:Ref:

Firefox does not officially support Windows 95, but reportedly functions properly after the application of a few tweaks Template:Ref.

Since the Mozilla Foundation makes the Firefox source code available, users can also compile and run Firefox on a variety of other architectures and operating systems. Operating systems not supported by Firefox, but known to run the browser include:

Builds for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition also exist Template:Ref.

As of June 2005, known projects exist to port to BeOS and to RISC OS.

Firefox uses the same format to store users' profiles (which contain their personal browser settings) even on different operating systems, so a profile may be used on multiple platforms, so long as all of the platforms can access the profile (e.g., the profile is stored on a FAT32 partition accessible from both Windows and Linux). This functionality is useful for users who dual-boot their machines. However, it may occasionally cause problems, especially with extensions.

Internationalization and localization

Contributors all over the world have collaborated in translating the Firefox browser into at least 36 languages/locales, including some of the least-often supported locales, such as Chichewa. Because of the use of DTD and property files for storing the string literals displayed to users, even by users without a programming background can easily complete part of the internationalization and localization process, requiring only a simple text editor.

Web development tools

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DOM Inspector inspecting Wikipedia's main page

Like the Mozilla Suite, Firefox comes with 2 web development tools: a DOM Inspector and a JavaScript Console. The DOM Inspector is not available in any other browser, and the JavaScript Console is more advanced than the consoles available in other browsers. While not installed by default, the tools are available via a "custom" install.

Other features

Powered by RSS or Atom feeds, "Live Bookmarks", another feature of Firefox, allow users to dynamically monitor changes to their favorite news sources. When this feature was first introduced in version 1.0 PR, some users worried that Firefox was beginning to include non-essential features, and succumb to bloat, much like the Mozilla Suite. However, these worries have largely abated.

Firefox also includes a customizable download manager. Users can configure the browser to either open downloaded files automatically or save them directly to the disk. By default, Firefox downloads all files to a user's desktop on Windows or to the user's home directory on Linux, but users can easily configure it to prompt for a specific download-location.

Security

Firefox was designed with security in mind. Some of its key features include the use of the sandbox security model, same origin policy and external protocol whitelisting Template:Ref.

One important characteristic of Firefox security lies in the fact that everyone can see its source code. At least one other person reviews proposed software changes, and typically yet another person caries out a "super-review". Once placed in the software, changes become visible for anyone else to consider, protest against, or improve Template:Ref.

In addition, the Mozilla Foundation operates a "bug bounty" scheme: people who report a valid critical security bug receive a $500 (US) cash reward (for each report) and a Mozilla T-shirt Template:Ref. According to the Mozilla Foundation, this "bug bounty" system aims to "encourage more people to find and report security bugs in our products, so that we can make our products even more secure than they already are" Template:Ref. Note that anyone in the world can report a bug. Also, all users can have access to the source code of Mozilla Firefox, to the internal design documentation, to forum discussions, and to other materials that can help in finding bugs.

The Mozilla Foundation has implemented a policy on security bugs in order to help contributors to deal with security vulnerabilities Template:Ref. The policy restricts access to a security-related bug report to members of the security team until after Mozilla has shipped a fix for the problem. This approach aims to minimise the exploitation of publicly-known vulnerabilities and to give the developers time to issue a patch. While similar to other "responsible disclosure" policies operated by software vendors such as Microsoft, this policy falls short of the full disclosure principle favored by some security researchers.

As of June 2005, Secunia has reported 6 unpatched vulnerabilities (http://secunia.com/product/4227/) in Firefox (with the most serious one marked "moderately critical"), versus 20 for Internet Explorer (http://secunia.com/product/11/) (with the most serious one marked "highly critical"), and 0 for Opera (http://secunia.com/product/4932/).

Another security source, SecurityFocus, reports 1 unpatched vulnerability (http://www.securityfocus.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?l=1&c=12&vendor=Mozilla&version=1.0.4&title=Firefox) in Firefox 1.0.4, versus 39 unpatched vulnerabilities (http://www.securityfocus.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?l=1&c=12&vendor=Microsoft&version=6.0%20SP2&title=Internet%20Explorer) in Internet Explorer 6 on Microsoft Windows XP SP2.

No publicly-known exploits of the Firefox browser have emerged since its launch.

Criticisms

Main article: Criticisms of Mozilla Firefox

Firefox has sometimes attracted criticism for lacking features found in other browsers. Many users observe that the developers have not implemented frequently-requested features. Most of these features exist as installable Firefox extensions, but not all users wish to download the extensions required, preferring to have all the features they desire available within the official software package.

Some note that Firefox takes longer to launch than other browsers. The non-platform-native XUL implementation of the user interface may cause this perceived delay. Other Gecko-based browsers such as K-Meleon which use platform-native user interface implementations generally run faster than Firefox. Another common criticism involves Firefox using much more memory than other browsers.

Users switching from Internet Explorer sometimes experience that some websites do not render correctly in Firefox. Almost always the said website causes this perceived problem by using non-standards-compliant Internet-Explorer-specific code or ActiveX applets on their site. Users migrating from other browsers may also find that Firefox lacks some features to which they have grown accustomed, for example the lack of "close" button on each tab. Sometimes the designers of Firefox deliberately omit such features or provide an alternative way to access the option. For the previous example, providing only one close button can prevent the accidental closing the tab when switching tabs, saves screen real-estate, and allows rapid closing of tabs; all without compromising the simple workaround of using the middle mouse-button to close a single tab.

Some web server administrators complain that Firefox improperly requests the favicon file with every page view (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=260500), despite the server's response that the file does not exist.

Market adoption

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A graph of Firefox 1.0 cumulative downloads, created by Asa Dotzler.

Web-surfers have adopted Firefox rapidly, despite the dominance of Internet Explorer in the browser market. According to Mozilla's marketing site, over a million downloads of Mozilla Firefox 1.0 occurred within 24 hours of its launch on November 9, 2004. Within 99 days, the download count reached 25 million Template:Ref. By April 29, 2005 50 million downloads of version 1.0.x had taken place Template:Ref.

Cumulative downloads increased in a near-linear fashion over a sustained period of time. In other words, the download rate remained fairly stable. None of the Mozilla Foundation's previous product releases experienced that kind of growth.

Mozilla officials hope that 10% of browser-users will use Firefox by the end of 2005, a goal that analysts at WebSideStory and elsewhere believe Mozilla can attain. By April 2005, Firefox had around 8-10% of the usage share, (10% for North America). Europe, according to a study released by the firm XiTi on May 5, 2005, generally had higher percentages of Firefox use, with an average of 14% (http://www.xitimonitor.com/etudes/equipement7.asp).

Much of Firefox's rapid adoption results from the numerous reports of security vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, since IE users look for a safer alternative. Although Firefox has security vulnerabilities of its own, the Firefox community found and fixed many of them during the pre-1.0 phase of the project. As Firefox's market share increases, overall experience will put to the test Firefox's claims of greater security; several security bugs have already emerged since the 1.0 release.

Despite Firefox's apparent gains on Internet Explorer, Microsoft head of Australian operations, Steve Vamos, stated that Microsoft does not see Firefox as a threat and that Microsoft's users do not really want the added features of Firefox. Vamos stated that he himself never used it personally Template:Ref. Even Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has used Firefox, but he has commented that "so much software gets downloaded all the time, but do people actually use it?" (Weber, BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4508897.stm)).

Spread Firefox campaigns

Main article: Spread Firefox

The rapid adoption of Firefox apparently accelerated in part due to a series of aggressive community-marketing campaigns since 2004. For example, Blake Ross and Asa Dotzler organized a series of events dubbed "marketing week".

On September 14, 2004, a community-marketing portal dubbed "Spread Firefox" (SFX) debuted along with the Firefox Preview Release, creating a centralized space for the discussion of various marketing techniques. The portal enhanced the "Get Firefox" button program, giving users "referrer points" as an incentive. The site lists the top 250 referrers. From time to time, the SFX team or SFX members launch marketing events organized at the Spread Firefox website.

Adoption by organizations

During the FOSDEM 2005 conference, Tristan Nitot, the president of Mozilla Europe, said that he knew "a few companies" that had deployed the Firefox browser or the Thunderbird mail client across a million seats. Those companies remained reluctant to publicize the migration, due to in-house concerns that this might damage their relationship with Microsoft Template:Ref.

According to a CNET article (http://news.com.com/IBM+backs+Firefox+in-house/2100-7344_3-5704750.html) published on May 12, 2005, about 30,000 of IBM's staff (about 10% of the total) already use Firefox. IBM encourages its employees to use Firefox as the company's standard web browser, with support from the company's help-desk staff.

Starting in quarter 3 of 2005, the Networking Services and Information Technology department of the University of Chicago will include both Firefox and Thunderbird in its connectivity package (http://blog.ebrahim.org/archives/2005/06/02/uchicago_to_distribute_firefox_and_thund.php) for all incoming students.

Industry adoption

Since the pre-1.0 stages, a number of well-known websites and web applications - including Google's Gmail - have supported (and in some cases, required) the use of Firefox. Since March 30, 2005 the Google search engine has utilized the link prefetching feature of Firefox for faster searching. (Link prefetching involves a standards-compliant optimization technique that utilizes the browser's idle time to download or prefetch documents that the user might visit in the near future.) Google, Inc. also recommends (http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=929) Firefox as the browser] for its Blogger weblog service. On May 18, 2005 eBay announced (http://www2.ebay.com/aw/core/200505181716522.html) support for Firefox for its eBay Picture Manager.

Search engine companies including Google, Yahoo! and A9 now also offer Firefox extensions for accessing their services, in addition to their original Internet-Explorer add-ons.

A number of commercialized versions of the Firefox browser have developed outside the not-for-profit Mozilla Foundation. The next version of Netscape, known as Netscape Browser or Netscape 8, will build on a Firefox base. And a start-up, Round Two (formerly Mozsource and more formerly E-Flo), plans to build enhancements for Firefox Template:Ref.

Portable Firefox

John Haller has developed Portable Firefox (http://johnhaller.com/jh/mozilla/portable_firefox/) as a major offspring of the Firefox project. He designed it to run on USB flash drives, CD-RW drives (in packet mode), Zip drives, external hard drives or some digital audio players. It retains nearly all of Firefox's features. Extensions that work in Firefox also work with Portable Firefox. It uses compression to reduce overall footprint. As a result of this compression, Portable Firefox loads quickly from a USB device.

John Haller has started development work on Portable Firefox Live (http://johnhaller.com/jh/mozilla/portable_firefox/live/), which aims to run on CD-R or other read-only media.

Footnotes

  1. Template:Note Mozilla contributors list (http://www.mozilla.org/credits/), Mozilla.org
  2. Template:Note Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/2004/09/29/cx_ah_0929tentech.html?partner=tentech_newsletter), September 29, 2004.
  3. Template:Note Wall Street Journal (http://ptech.wsj.com/archive/ptech-20040916.html), September 16, 2004. Walter Mossberg wrote : "I suggest dumping Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser, which has a history of security breaches. I recommend instead Mozilla Firefox, which is free at www.mozilla.org. It's not only more secure but also more modern and advanced, with tabbed browsing, which allows multiple pages to be open on one screen, and a better pop-up ad blocker than the belated one Microsoft recently added to IE."
  4. Template:Note Stross, New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/19/business/yourmoney/19digi.html). December 19, 2004. The article states that "With Firefox, open-source software moves from back-office obscurity to your home, and to your parents', too. (Your children in college are already using it.)"
  5. Template:Note Firefox trademark (http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=78344043), USPTO
  6. Template:Note Mozilla Firefox Roadmap (http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/roadmap.html) (see also: Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Roadmap (http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/roadmap-1.0.html))
  7. Template:Note From Ben Goodger's weblog:
    • Prefwindow V (http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/ben/archives/007150.html) (December 22, 2004): details work on a new Preferences window for Firefox which will solve a number of the problems present in the current one, one of the changes involves making it a modal sheet on Mac OS X and GNOME
    • Prefwindow V: Screenshots (http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/ben/archives/007377.html) (January 23, 2005)
  8. Template:Note Ben Goodger discusses the Firefox update system (http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/ben/archives/008067.html) (May 2, 2005).
  9. Template:Note Changes for Extension Developers (http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/ben/archives/008066.html) (May 2, 2005). Ben Goodger's weblog.
  10. Template:Note Firefox nightlies now build with SVG (http://annevankesteren.nl/archives/2005/04/svg-nightlies) (April 26, 2005). Source: Anne van Kesteren's weblog about Markup & Style.
  11. Template:Note 1.8 alpha 6 around the corner (http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa/archives/007168.html) (December 26, 2004). Source: Asa Dotzler's weblog.
  12. Template:Note Mozilla Wiki. Firefox:2.0 PRD (http://wiki.mozilla.org/index.php/Firefox:2.0_PRD). A document that describes the product requirements for Firefox 2, and also anticipates an interim milestone marker for Firefox 1.5.
  13. Template:Note IE7 beta 1 A few details... (http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/04/22/410963.aspx) (April 22, 2005). Source: Internet Explorer weblog. In the blog entry, Chris Wilson said that Microsoft would soon "[s]upport the alpha channel in PNG images [in Internet Explorer 7]. Weve actually had this on our radar for a long time, and have had it supported in the code for a while now. We have certainly heard the clear feedback from the web design community that per-pixel alpha is a really important feature."
  14. Template:Note Firefox nightlies now build with SVG (http://annevankesteren.nl/archives/2005/04/svg-nightlies) (April 26, 2005). Source: Anne van Kesteren's weblog about Markup & Style.
  15. Template:Note Firefox System Requirements (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/system-requirements.html). Mozilla.org.
  16. Template:Note Run Firefox in Windows 95 (and Windows 98 original release) (http://johnhaller.com/jh/mozilla/windows_95/). Source: John Haller's website. Details a procedure to install Firefox on Windows 95 and the original release of Windows 98.
  17. Template:Note Firefox release notes for the 1.x series (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/releases/#download). Mozilla.org.
  18. Template:Note FreshPort entry on Firefox (http://www.freshports.org/www/firefox/). freshports.org.
  19. Template:Note Mozilla for the Windows x64 platform (http://www.mozilla-x86-64.com/).
  20. Template:Note External Protocol Whitelisting (http://www.neilturner.me.uk/2004/Sep/12/external_protocol_whitelisting.html). Neil Turner's weblog.
  21. Template:Note Hacking Mozilla (http://www.mozilla.org/hacking/life-cycle.html). Mozilla.org.
  22. Template:Note Mozilla Security Bug Bounty Program (http://www.mozilla.org/security/bug-bounty.html). Mozilla.org.
  23. Template:Note Mozilla Security Bug Bounty FAQ (http://www.mozilla.org/security/bug-bounty-faq.html). Mozilla.org.
  24. Template:Note Handling Mozilla Security Bugs (http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/security-bugs-policy.html). Mozilla.org.
  25. Template:Note firefox 25,000,000 (http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa/archives/007574.html). Source: Asa Dotzler's weblog.
  26. Template:Note Firefox: Blazing a Trail to 50,000,000 (http://www.spreadfirefox.com/fifty.html). Spread Firefox.
  27. Template:Note Microsoft: Firefox does not threaten IE's market share (http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/0,39023165,39166227,00.htm). ZDNet.
  28. Template:Note Firefox sneaks into the enterprise (http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/applications/0,39020384,39189585,00.htm). ZDNet UK.
  29. Template:Note Round Two looks to launch enhanced Firefox (http://mozillanews.org/?article=d688cc9ed8f620a1d75acef2b2e314e0). MozillaNews.

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