Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. As of September 2011, Firefox is the second most widely used browser, with approximately 25% of worldwide usage share of web browsers. The browser has had particular success in Germany and Poland, where it is the most popular browser with 51% usage and 46% respectively.To display web pages, Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine, which implements most current web standards in addition to several features that are intended to anticipate likely additions to the standards.
What is Firefox?
Firefox is a browser that more and more people are using instead of Internet Explorer or AOL. It is free, and was created by Mozilla.org, the original creators of the Netscape browser. Firefox was officially released in November 2004. It’s popularity is increasing rapidly, with over 200+ million downloads so far.
What is the history of Firefox?
The Firefox 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. 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. On April 3, 2003, the Mozilla Organization announced that they planned to change their focus from the Mozilla Suite to Firefox and Thunderbird.
The Firefox project went through many versions before 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004. After a series of stability and security fixes, the Mozilla Foundation released its first major update, Firefox version 1.5, on November 29, 2005. Firefox 184.108.40.206 is the final version officially supported under Windows 95.
Now Firefox 7, released September 27, 2011, uses as much as 50% less memory than Firefox 4 as a result of the MemShrink project to reduce Firefox memory usage. Mozilla Firefox 7.0.1 is currently the latest stable release.
My browser seems fine to me. Why use Firefox?
Firefox has many built-in features that are not available with older browsers, such as:
- Popup Blocking – Stop annoying popup ads in their tracks with Firefox’s built in popup blocker.
- Tabbed Browsing – View more than one web page in a single window with this time saving feature. Open links in the background so that they’re ready for viewing when you’re ready to read them.
- Privacy and Security – Built with your security in mind, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware. A comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity your business.
- Smarter Search – Google Search is built right into the toolbar, and there is a plethora of other search tools including Smart Keywords (type “dict <word>” in the Location bar), and the new Find bar (which finds text as you type without covering up anything).
What does Firefox look like?
Firefox looks similar to other browsers. One major difference is the tabs. Each site opens in a different tab. To switch between sites, just click the tab. Tabs can save lots of time since the pages don’t have to be re-loaded. There are many options for setting up tabs, including opening all your favorite sites automatically when you start your browser.
Is it hard to switch to Firefox?
No! Simple and intuitive, yet fully featured, Firefox has all the functions you’re used to – Bookmarks, History, Full Screen, Text Zooming to make pages with small text easier to read, etc.
Setup’s a Snap! At only 8MB (Windows), Firefox takes just a few minutes to download over a slow connection and seconds over a fast connection. The installer gets you set up quickly, and the new Easy Transition system imports all of your settings – Favorites, passwords and other data from Internet Explorer and other browsers – so you can start surfing right away.
What about more advanced features?
Firefox has many features for people who want more from their browser, such as:
- Live Bookmarks – RSS integration lets you read the latest news headlines and read updates to your favorite sites that are syndicated.
- Hassle-Free Downloading – Files you download are automatically saved to your Desktop so they’re easy to find. Fewer prompts mean files download quicker.
- S, M, L or XL—It’s Your Choice – Firefox is the most customizable browser on the planet. Customize your toolbars to add additional buttons, install new Extensions that add new features, add new Themes to browse with style, and use the adaptive search system to allow you to search an infinite number of engines. Firefox is as big or small as you want.
Some parts of this post were originally published on the mozilla.org website. Used with permission:
Thank you http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefox#History
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