The Mozilla Foundation has released the 0.8 release of my favorite browser. However, perhaps in order to escape withering criticism from owen ;-), they have yet again changed the name of the browser to Firefox.
The new release marks a significant milestone on the development roadmap towards the highly anticipated 1.0 release of the Mozilla project’s next generation web browser. New features in this release include:
- A powerful new download manager that makes tracking multiple downloads easier;
- Numerous improvements to bookmarks handling, making it easier than ever to keep track of your favorite sites;
- Improved handling of extensions – small, easy to download applications that can be installed with a few simple mouse clicks and extend the browser’s functionality. Community members have created more than 200 such extensions, including add-ons that remove ad banners, add spell-checker functionality, and add the ability to search Amazon.com, eBay or other popular sites from the Firefox toolbar;
- An easy to use installer for Microsoft Windows users;
- A new default theme for Mac OS X users that integrates seamlessly with the OS X desktop environment.
Apparently the name change is “To avoid overlap with another open source project”, which I can only assume means the little-known Firebird database engine. I think the browser should have kept its moniker since the projects aren’t even remotely similar, but I suppose the new name will catch on quickly enough.
So, I’ll no longer say that everyone should switch to Firebird. Firebird’s a database, apparently.
Everyone should switch to Firefox. =)