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firefox isn't open source?! (actually it is)

by rgelder / August 21, 2006 5:56 PM PDT

I don't know where someone got the impression that firefox wasn't open source but it very much is (gpl and everything). You can download the firefox source from If I recall correctly (and I may be way off) but I believe firefox (which was called firebird at the time?) was basically a browser rewrite of mozilla, with an emphasis on decreasing bloat. Then at some point the firefox source made its way back into mozilla.

There is simply no way the mozilla foundation could get away with rereleasing firefox outside of the gpl. There have just been way to many community contributors who would loudly object.

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And when you google "firefox"
by AndyInTN / August 22, 2006 1:12 AM PDT

Here is the site description for

"Official site of the open-source browser. Includes product downloads, release notes, features overview, and information about switching from other browsers."

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take that, guy who thought it was funny to prove me wrong! he even said so in his email! psh.

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FF history and open source
by boysfromboston / August 22, 2006 3:48 PM PDT

Firefox closed-source? Ermmm... That's like calling Macs open-source.

I (Vijay) was regrettably a Mozilla fanboy in the Netscape Communicator era. So here's a quick history...

2002: Prevailing wisdom was that the problem with Mozilla was its true open-sourceness. Too many cooks, no clear recipe.

Sept, 2002: a side-project involving a tiny footprint standalone browser was well underway, with a brand-new codename - Phoenix.
Note the date at the bottom of the page. Seriously, it was FAST and stable for a 0.1.

2003: AOL ended browser operations, helped Mozilla become a non-profit. Firefox (formerly Phoenix and Firebird), becomes new focus.
See point 1, then the whole next section ''About ownership...''

This was the turning point. From integration to modularity, Mozilla became intelligently open-source with less chaos. With extensions, it's now BYO bloat.

2004: Firefox 1.0 went gold, won awards, started the new Browser Wars.

2006: The promise of BYO bloat finally realized:

Honestly, if Mozilla got anything good out of AOL, it was this Winamp-like plugin model. Right now, Winamp needs help... Maybe open-source? Eh, AOL?

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