Mozilla’s Firefox is the third most popular browser in the world, just behind Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. The browser is available in 75 languages and more than half of users employ non-English versions.
Firefox is unique, because it’s the only open source browser making all of its source code available to the public.
This has encouraged the creations of many add-ons made by non-employees allowing users to greatly customize their browser.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the open source browser, Mashable created a timeline with fun facts and notable accomplishments.
10 Years of Mozilla Firefox
March 31, 1998: Netscape Coders initiate an open-source project naming it Mozilla, derived from the words “mosaic.”
Sept. 23, 2002: “Phoenix 0.1,” the earliest version of the Firefox was released.
July 15, 2003: The Mozilla established a non-profit organization whose core belief is, “The Web is a shared public resource to be cared for, not a commodity to be sold.”
June 15, 2004: Mozilla offers Add-ons Gallery, an official list of all the extensions, themes and plug-ins general public can employ to customize their browsers.
Nov. 9, 2004: Firefox 1.0, the first full version of the browser is unveiled in a full-page advertisement in The New York Times.
Aug. 12, 2006: Fans create a 220-foot wide crop circle reproduction of the Firefox logo in an oat field near Amity, Ore.
Feb. 21, 2008: Firefox surpasses 500 million downloads.
June 17, 2008: Firefox 3.0 is released which establishes a Guinness World Record for “Most Downloads of a Software Application in 24 Hours.”
Feb. 8, 2011: The browser includes “Do Not Track” feature in beta version of Firefox 4 as part of the company’s support to privacy awareness.
March 29, 2011: Firefox for Android devices is released.
April 2011: The company implements a “Rapid Release” schedule, making a new version of Firefox available every six weeks.
July 26, 2012: The download total for add-ons surpasses 3 billion.
September, 2012: More than 450 million people use Firefox. About 40% of the code was written by volunteers.