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Firefox and the open web

May 04, 2010, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

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"Firefox is the most popular and widely used free software application and boasts more than a billion downloads and more than 350 million users. The H discusses its history, present and future with Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation. An origin in ashes

"Firefox started life as Phoenix - named after the bird of Persian mythology - which rose from the ashes, but was later renamed Firebird because of trademark issues, and finally became Firefox in 2004 to end confusion with the Firebird open source RDBMS project that had sprung from Borland's release of Interbase in 2000.

"The first release of Firefox (0.8) under the Firefox name was in February 2004, and was immediately successful because it was able to defy gravity and take Microsoft on, despite the in-built advantages that come from the Windows monopoly on the desktop."

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