Happy 10th birthday, Firefox!

Ten years (and a day) ago on the 23rd of September 2002, Phoenix 0.1 was released. Several months later, that name was dropped in favor of Firebird, because BIOS manufacturer Phoenix Technologies didn't like to see its name on Mozilla's open-source browser. The community didn't like Firebird either, because there was and still is a database server carrying the same name.

So in the beginning of 2004, Mozilla changed the name to Firefox. By the end of that year, version 1.0 was released together with a full-page advertisement in the New York Times.

Firefox became quite popular thanks to Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6, which didn't receive significant updates for many years. Firefox however introduced a lot of people to tabs, RSS-feeds in the bookmarks bar, themes and extensions. In February 2008, Firefox had been downloaded 500 million times and established a record with version 3.0 several months later, with the “Most Downloads of a Software Application in 24 Hours,” according to Guinness World Records.

By the end of 2011, Google Chrome surpassed Firefox in terms of global usage share. Today, approximately 23% of all desktop users browse the internet with Firefox, making it the third most used browser according to StatCounter. Internet Explorer comes in second with 33% and Google Chrome comes in first with 34%.

Source: Technology Digital | Image via Andrew Turnbull, Asa Dotzler

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Wow I have been using FF since around win 2000 didn't notice it had been that long already as long as they keep up with great add-ons and features they got me for another 10+

I remember leaving Neoplanet and installing Phoenix 0.2 or 0.3, (can't remember which it was,) and have used Firefox ever since. It all seems so long ago... But, Happy Birthday!

Wow. It seems like Firefox was around longer than that... I am trying to remember what I used before... on OS/2, BeOS, etc.

Tuishimi said,

Wow. It seems like Firefox was around longer than that... I am trying to
remember what I used before... on OS/2, BeOS, etc.


Mozilla App-Suite (now known as SeaMonkey) or Netscape Navigator perhaps ... ?

DJGM said,

Mozilla App-Suite (now known as SeaMonkey) or Netscape Navigator perhaps ... ?

ahhh these were the days Remembed using Navigator in school.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
I still use Firefox to this day, and prefer it over all others. Though I use the Nightly Inbound builds, since they have 64-bit Windows versions.

Renegade for life.

if you want 64bit i would just go with 'Pale Moon x64'

ThaCrip said,
if you want 64bit i would just go with 'Pale Moon x64'
I had Waterfox until Mozilla started releasing 64-bit nightlies. They haven't failed me yet. Personally, I don't understand why they haven't brought 64-bit to regular release yet.

Already? I remember using Phoenix and seeing it as the next step in the browser market. It was really faster than its competitors.

Happy birthday Firefox!

Still the best browser in my opinion after all these years. Absurdly flexible, fast interface, no limits on what you can do with it, and doesn't take a crapton of memory to run.

Max Norris said,
Still the best browser in my opinion after all these years. Absurdly flexible, fast interface, no limits on what you can do with it, and doesn't take a crapton of memory to run.

Exactly. because in the end it's got the best all around feel with nice customization options etc. it's why i ultimately stick with Firefox since basically it's v1.0 release (i might have been using it a bit before that though)

but nowadays browsers in general do use quite a bit more RAM than they used to as a system with 2GB of RAM or less and the browser will eventually burn through that pretty quickly as nowadays for RAM to generally not be much of a issue (for general use) everyone really needs 4GB or more since a browser, even Firefox (and variations), can burn 500MB-1GB if you got a moderate amount of tabs open etc and with RAM generally being fairly cheap (i got 8GB (2x 4GB) for around $40) i think having 8GB of RAM is nice as it basically future proofs your PC as far as RAM goes as i can't see anything (in most uses) actually using all of that up as you can run many browsers if you want and run just about everything with plenty of RAM to spare.

p.s. but i been using 'Pale Moon x64' though for a while now as it's basically Firefox but better since it's 64bit, so you might have some slight speed tweaks etc.

Been using it since the 0.1 days believe it or not... I've used all the other browsers but I always come back to it; running Aurora atm. Happy birthday Firefox!

Apart from the huge memory leaks, Firefox 1.5 really was the best, it was pretty revolutionary at the time!

RaulMR said,
No Cake from Microsoft?? C'mon...!

Lol

Have they stopped doing it now given they've ,over to a rapid release cycle?

I remember being immensely impressed with Phoenix when it was first released, and it quickly became my browser of choice. I find it kind of ironic how it has morphed into what Firefox is today, considering it was originally supposed to be everything that the Mozilla/Netscape browser wasn't! Still, I fell in love with it back then, and Firefox (or more latterly Palemoon) is still my first choice browser.

Happy Birthday!

used to be a diehard fan of Firefox, however, their production speed drastically slowed and then Chrome shot up out of nowhere. Sadly unless something drastic happens i will probably never go back to Firefox from Chrome.

littleneutrino said,
used to be a diehard fan of Firefox, however, their production speed drastically slowed and then Chrome shot up out of nowhere. Sadly unless something drastic happens i will probably never go back to Firefox from Chrome.

Party pooper

littleneutrino said,
used to be a diehard fan of Firefox, however, their production speed drastically slowed and then Chrome shot up out of nowhere. Sadly unless something drastic happens i will probably never go back to Firefox from Chrome.

They already did do something drastic. They started a rapid release cycle.