Firefox

Mozilla Firefox
Firefox Logo, 2017.svg
Firefox Quantum running on Windows 10
Firefox Quantum running on Windows 10
Developer(s)
Initial releaseSeptember 23, 2002; 16 years ago (2002-09-23)
Stable release(s)
Standard64.0 / December 11, 2018; 6 days ago (2018-12-11)[1]
Extended Support Release60.4.0 / December 11, 2018; 6 days ago (2018-12-11)[2]
Preview release(s)
Beta & Developer Edition65.0beta / December 11, 2018; 6 days ago (2018-12-11)[3][4]
Nightly66.0a1 / December 10, 2018; 7 days ago (2018-12-10)[5][6]
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Written inC++, JavaScript, HTML, C, Rust[7]
Operating system
Included withVarious Unix-like operating systems
EnginesGecko, Quantum, SpiderMonkey
Size
  • Linux, IA-32: 58.2 MB[15]
  • Linux, x64: 56.5 MB[16]
  • macOS: 62.2 MB[17]
  • Windows, IA-32: 40.8 MB[18]
  • Windows, x64: 42.7 MB[19]
Standard(s)HTML5, CSS3
Available in90 languages[20]
TypeWeb browser
LicenseMPL 2.0[21][22]
Websitewww.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

Mozilla Firefox (or simply Firefox) is a free and open-source[23] web browser developed by The Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, Mozilla Corporation. Firefox is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, BSD,[8][9][10] illumos[11] and Solaris[13] operating systems. Its sibling, Firefox for Android, is also available. Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards.[24] In 2016, Firefox began incorporating new technology under the code name Quantum to promote parallelism and a more intuitive user interface.[25] An additional version, Firefox for iOS, was released on November 12, 2015. Due to platform restrictions, it uses the WebKit layout engine instead of Gecko, as with all other iOS web browsers.

Firefox was created in 2002 under the codename "Phoenix" by the Mozilla community members who desired a standalone browser, rather than the Mozilla Application Suite bundle. During its beta phase, Firefox proved to be popular with its testers and was praised for its speed, security, and add-ons compared to Microsoft's then-dominant Internet Explorer 6. Firefox was released on November 9, 2004,[26] and challenged Internet Explorer's dominance with 60 million downloads within nine months.[27] Firefox is the spiritual successor of Netscape Navigator, as the Mozilla community was created by Netscape in 1998 before their acquisition by AOL.[28]

Firefox usage grew to a peak of 32% at the end of 2009,[29] temporarily making version 3.5 the world's most popular browser.[30][31] Usage then declined in competition with Google Chrome.[29] As of March 2018, Firefox has 11.6% usage share as a "desktop" browser, according to StatCounter, making it the second-most popular such web browser;[32][33][34][35] usage across all platforms is lower at 5.44% (and then 4th-most popular overall). Firefox is still the most popular desktop browser in Cuba (even most popular overall at 62.77%[36]) and Eritrea with 78.3%[37] and 91%[38][39] of the market share, respectively. According to Mozilla, as of December 2014, there were half a billion Firefox users around the world.[40]

History

The project began as an experimental branch of the Mozilla project by Dave Hyatt, Joe Hewitt, and Blake Ross. They believed the commercial requirements of Netscape's sponsorship and developer-driven feature creep compromised the utility of the Mozilla browser.[41] To combat what they saw as the Mozilla Suite's software bloat, they created a stand-alone browser, with which they intended to replace the Mozilla Suite.[42] On April 3, 2003, the Mozilla Organization announced that they planned to change their focus from the Mozilla Suite to Firefox and Thunderbird.[43] The community-driven SeaMonkey was formed and eventually replaced the Mozilla Application Suite in 2005.

Phoenix 0.1 screenshot on Windows XP

The Firefox project has undergone several name changes.[44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51] It was originally titled Phoenix, which carried the implication of the mythical firebird that rose triumphantly from the ashes of its dead predecessor, in this case from the "ashes" of Netscape Navigator after it had been killed off by Microsoft Internet Explorer in the "First Browser War". Phoenix was renamed due to trademark issues with Phoenix Technologies; the replacement name, Firebird, provoked an intense response from the Firebird database software project.[52][53] In response, the Mozilla Foundation stated that the browser would always bear the name Mozilla Firebird to avoid confusion. After further pressure, on February 9, 2004, Mozilla Firebird became Mozilla Firefox.[54] The name Firefox was said to be derived from a nickname of the red panda,[55][56] which became the mascot for the newly named project. For the abbreviation of Firefox, Mozilla prefers Fx or fx, though it is often abbreviated as FF.[57] The Firefox project went through many versions before the version 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004.[58]

In 2016, Mozilla announced a project known as Quantum, which sought to improve Firefox's Gecko engine and other components to improve Firefox's performance, modernize its architecture, and transition the browser to a multi-process model. These improvements came in the wake of decreasing market share to Google Chrome, as well as concerns that its performance was lapsing in comparison. Despite its improvements, these changes required existing add-ons for Firefox to be made incompatible with newer versions, in favor of a new extension system that is designed to be similar to Chrome and other recent browsers. Firefox 57, which was released in November 2017, was the first version to contain enhancements from Quantum, and has thus been named Firefox Quantum. A Mozilla executive stated that Quantum was the "biggest update" to the browser since version 1.0.[59][60][61]

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