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Firefox Turns Five
Half a decade for Mozilla's flagship browser

 1:45 am on Nov 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Firefox Turns Five [pcmag.com]
Firefox celebrated a milestone birthday Monday. Five years ago today, Mozilla shipped version 1.0 of the open-source browser. Firefox was unveiled 'with belief that, as the most significant social and technological development of our time, the Internet is a public resource that must remain open and accessible to all...'

Firefox keeps Microsoft 'honest' on 5th birthday [theregister.co.uk]
"We’ve managed to keep Microsoft honest and forced them to release newer versions of their browsers (...) Firefox's presence was a large factor in Apple being able to ship a browser to its user base as the Mac came back to the market. We've made it possible for third party browser vendors like Google to enter the market."

Our thread from November 2004: Firefox 1.0 is out [webmasterworld.com]



 6:21 am on Nov 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Congrats to Mozilla, I'm sure that I can speak for the majority of webmasters and web developers when I say that it is the favorite browser in our community. And thanks to add-ons developers too, some of them, like Web Developer and Firebug, have become essential professional tools.

But please keep the properties contextual menu for links and images in version 3.6 ;)


 9:44 am on Nov 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Happy 5th birthday Firefox! Congratulations to 'everyone' that has contributed to make one of the best browsers out there.


 10:22 pm on Nov 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yes happy birthday Firefox from New Zealand, I have been using and recommending it for 3 years.

I also like the way it is more WC3 compliant.

As others have said it has also made Microsoft look at their browsers.


 1:22 am on Nov 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

In all seriousness, could you imagine where we would be without Firefox given Microsoft's pathetic browser track record?

Firefox is the only reason why MS keeps trying to update IE in order stem the yearly loss of market share.

Without FF, we would have to accept the overly bloated and insecure offerings of a company that has lost touch with average everyday end users. IMHO.


 4:58 am on Nov 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Without FF we'd still have
Opera which is where they got a lot of their ideas from. ;)

I use FF daily, but it's not my primary browser. I'm glad they're around to give a good alternative to IE. Happy B-day FF!


 11:06 pm on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I raise my hat to the FF project. Thanks for the hard work.

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