It is an innovative navigator which has an
open code, meaning that it can be modified
by the user with total freedom; it was
created by the Mozilla
Corporation and has received help from
the thousands of members of its community.
Currently, it is the second most popular
navigator after the Internet Explorer; it
has 20.78% of the users that use navigators.
This navigator uses the Gecko motor, developed
under the C++ language and developed by Netscape, which supports
it for different codes such as: HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.1, CSS 1 and
has a great number of tools such as: orthographic corrector,
progressive search engine, navigation through tabs, dynamic
markers, a download manager and, also, a predefined search
system or one chosen by the user.
Its multiplatform version has also been launched, so operative
systems such as Microsoft
Windows, Mac OS X,
GNU/Linux and also
others based in the Unix system such as Ubuntu.
software started thanks to the work of Dave Hyatt and
Blake Ross, who took it as a project, but afterwards it would
become crucial for Mozilla; its original name was Mozilla
Browser, but it was later changed into Phoenix, but after having
some legal issues for the name, due to the fact that the company
BIOS Phoenix Technologies had it, they were forced to change it
into Firebird. Then, because it was similar to the firebird data
base, they had to change it back to
The first version of
Mozilla Firefox was launched on June the 23rd in 2005, it
was technically the version 1.1 and had support for one other
operative system besides Windows, which was Mac, it provided
greater search quality than Mac’s own search engine.
Afterwards, many versions were published, where
more and more tools were added in order to achieve a more
complete search, until the version 3.0 came. This version was
launched on June the 16th in 2008 and it had a new search engine
called Gecko, which offered support for new incoming
technologies such as: XUL, XBL, PNG, HTTP, POP3, SMTP, RDS, CSS.
And it worked in almost every operative system.
Besides, they added a smart search bar, which had
an auto complete system that works by simply typing a letter or
word. It also has a data base of the web sites that have some
sort of malware which could infect the PC. As another important
feature, it has an anti – phishing system, which is updated
every 48 hours so there is not a chance for a website with fake
information such as ghost accounts or banks to attack.
Currently, the Firefox navigator is been developed, which
includes modifications in its security system, some Java
applications, the elimination of API XPCOM applications and a
new search engine.
If you want to download the current version, you can get it from
its web page (http://www.mozilla-europe.org/es/firefox/), but
you should take into consideration that you will need, at least,
233 MHz, 64 MB RAM and 52 MB of space in your hard drive.
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