Firefox, formerly knows as Firebird, formerly known as ...

by Volker Weber


The open source browser Firebird renames again and becomes Firefox. New version 0.8 available here.


Hm, I recommend to install with care though.
First, I had a hard time to connect to the FTP server, which seems to suffer a lot of traffic (who'd be surprised...).
After finally getting the Win32 installer and the corresponding MD5s, I installed it into my Firebird directory, with the result that I cuoldn't run it anymore. MozillaFirebird.exe was still there (surprisingly) but couldn't find a required entry point in some DLL (again, who'd be surprised).
Plus, some extensions got carried over (I figure those are the ones I installed in my Firebird user directory, but not all extensions allow that).
The worst is, that my navigation bar does not contain the back and forward button anymore. In my office I have an external mouse with buttons that do that for me, but at home I only have my stinky Laptop buttons...
And the extensions that I'm lacking are not available for download currently, because the extension directories I know of are suffering the same overload of traffic as the mozilla FTP site itself... and who knows all the extension specific homepages (respectively, even if knowing them, who would want to go to a dozen of sites...).

All in all, not exactly funny... But I sure hope that ni a couple of days things will be better again.

After all, in my opinion the Firebird/Firefox is still the best browser there is currently...

Ragnar Schierholz, 2004-02-09

Yeah, but they warn you should disable extensions before installing... I took the default route and placed Firefox in its own directory: over-writing some of Firebird must be playing with fire.

The only issue I’ve noticed is a missing scrollbar in certain preference options and the bookmark manager. No biggie. It’s not a v1.00 release yet after all!

Ben Poole, 2004-02-09

Yes, now after having cleaned out anything and reinstalled the whole thing, it works as a charme for me as well.
Sometimes it helps to read instructions... they say... ;-)

Ragnar Schierholz, 2004-02-10

Sometimes it helps to read instructions... they say... ;-)

I know... even now I can’t explain what mysterious force it was that actually made me read the installation notes; I’m male — it doesn’t come naturally


Ben Poole, 2004-02-10

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