Firefox turns five: half a decade of Web liberation

“Five years ago today, Mozilla announced the official release of
Firefox 1.0. The open source Web browser has come a very long way
since then and has achieved a level of popularity that few would
have imagined possible. The success of Firefox and Mozilla’s
unwavering commitment to open Web standards has helped to usher in
a new era of vibrance and diversity in the browser market. To
commemorate Firefox’s fifth anniversary, we are going to take you
back in time for a look at some of our classic coverage of the
popular browser.

“Firefox emerged as an effort to replace the Mozilla Suite’s
browser with a lighter alternative based on the same underlying
technology. The developers originally called their creation
Phoenix, an allusion to their mission of bringing about a Mozilla
rebirth. The earliest Phoenix binaries were released to the public
in 2002 and began to attract serious attention over the course of
the following year.”

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