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Mozilla Foundation Releases Firefox 1.0

Posted by geeknews at 5:10 PM on November 9, 2004

The Mozilla Foundation has released Firefox 1.0, the long-awaited competitor of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser. Developing a loyal following during beta testing, Firefox was released at 1 A.M. PST today and users from around the world quickly brought the mozilla.org servers to a grinding halt.

The web browser is everything that I expected it would be: sleek, simple, streamlined, fast, and above all, not susceptible to many of the web-borne security maladies that afflict Microsoft’s browser. Firefox includes support for hundreds of extensions that add functionality to the core product.

According to the Mozilla Foundation’s website, Firefox benefits include:

1. Pop-up Blocking
Firefox includes an integrated pop-up blocker that lets users-not websites-decide when they will view pop-ups. Mozilla continues to set the standard in assisting users avoid annoying pop-ups.

2. Online Fraud Protection
Firefox helps users protect themselves against online fraud such as “phishing” (attempts to trick users into giving away their passwords) and “spoofing” (fraudulent sites masquerading as popular, trusted sites) by clearly displaying the true identity of secure sites.

3. Faster, Easier, More Accessible Search
Firefox tightly integrates support for leading search services into the toolbar, including Google search, Yahoo!, eBay, Amazon, Dictionary.com, Creative Commons, and more. The new Firefox Start Page also provides access to Firefox information, resources and application tips, coupled with an integrated Google search box.

4. More Efficient Browsing
Firefox’s innovative Tabbed Browsing allows many web pages to load within the same window, improving the speed and utility of web browsing. Firefox also introduces Live Bookmarks, which allows users to easily glance through the latest news and blog headlines.

5. Easy Migration
With Firefox it’s easy to switch from Internet Explorer and other browsers. Firefox imports your existing bookmarks, passwords, cookies, and other data.

Dave’s Opinion
I was finally able to get a copy of the program this afternoon by logging directly into the foundation’s FTP server, and not coming in through the website. I’ve been testing and recommending the program to students and clients for months, and so far, no one has told me that I’ve steered them wrong. This is definitely a web browser worth trying.

Call for Comments
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References
Mozilla Foundation

4 Comments

  1. From The Howdy Kid Online Blog at 8:22 pm on November 9, 2004

    Mozilla Firefox 1.0 released today!

    Two great downloads, two days in a row. What a week. Mozilla Firefox 1.0 has finally been released. What better time to switch from Internet Explorer? Mozilla is more secure, has more features, and is capable of moving over all…

  2. From kinrowan at 9:38 pm on November 9, 2004

    I was disappointed. The only reason I use FF instead of some other non-IE browser are the extensions, and of course the upgrade broke them. I was prepared for this, and in fact hadn’t loaded the PR candidate for the same reason, but it was much worse than I thought. Out of 17 extensions I use (a lot, but not nearly the most I’ve heard of), 14 were incompatible, and some of those effected my day-to-day usage of FF.
    I know that a lot of he responsibility for this lies with the extension developers, but it seems like Mozilla could have done more to make it wasier. Or at the least they could have segmented the extension server from the main download server so that those who had loaded 1.0 could successfully get to the extension site to check for updates – it was inaccessible most of the day as well.

  3. From kinrowan at 9:43 pm on November 9, 2004

    Soryy, I also should also have said I’ll still be using it. I’m not nearly as disappointed in it as I am frustrated with the other options, and the web developer toolbar still works, so that’s a good start.

  4. From Linux Log at 11:30 pm on November 10, 2004

    Mozilla set to release open-source browser

    The latest challenger to Microsoft’s dominant Internet Explorer browser — Firefox 1.0, an open-source descendant of archrival Netscape — will be officially released today, promising faster Web page downloads and automatic blocking of pop-up ads.