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Firefox Extension Lets You Pick the Name

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the been-through-the-desert-on-a-browser-with-no-name dept.

Mozilla 479

Rovaedne writes "Mozilla Firefox , the web browser formerly known as Firebird, formerly known as Phoenix, has a new extension which allows you to change the name to something palatable. The extension called Firesomething lets users change the name seen in the browser titlebar, Help menu, and About dialog, thus erradicating all traces of "Firefox" in Firefox (currently version 0.8). There is a name change FAQ, but it currently does not mention this extension. This extension should hopefully help curb some of the criticism that Mozilla has received from its most recent choice of name."

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Actually (5, Funny)

PatrickThomson (712694) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688457)

it's primary function is to randomise the browser name to avoid name clashes. I'm currently browsing in mozilla firebunny, for example.

Re:Actually (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688572)

I'm browsing with Mozilla Moonraccoon and couldn't be happier.

Re:Actually (1)

HoneyBunchesOfGoats (619017) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688583)

I think Mozilla Lightningmonkey is the best browser by far.

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688458)

first post. Proudly brought to you by FirePig :p

FP for teh GNAA (-1, Flamebait)

James A. M. Joyce (764379) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688459)

On 56k dialup while reading E2! GNAAUK PWNS ALL.

You fail it HARD (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688557)

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In Soviet Russia.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688460)

Name picks you!

Next step for microsoft (5, Funny)

peterprior (319967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688461)

1. Get Firefox
2. Change name to Internet Explorer
3. apply IE theme
4. Release as Internet explorer 7
5. Profi... oh ..wait... ;)

No, boss... (4, Funny)

sanctimonius hypocrt (235536) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688471)


This is just IE 7.0. Want me to get a copy for everyone?


Re:Next step for microsoft (3, Funny)

JohnHegarty (453016) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688484)

1. Get Firefox
2. Change name to Internet Explorer
3. apply IE theme
4. Insert SCO copyright code
5. Get sued
6. Profit

Re:Next step for microsoft (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688492)

Actually, that is exactly what I did here in corperate..

Attach the IE icon to it and voila... the users act as if there is no difference except it's massively faster, no popup's, no crashes, no freezes.

It's funny, many people scream about the massive retraining required switching workers to Open Source... It's not real.

Re:Next step for microsoft (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688563)

Right......

Of course using a frigging web browser is the perfect example of ease of use in OSS apps.

Re:Next step for microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688598)

A lot of the current application development is web-based. Scripting, forms, and the like. A web browser like Firefox can be a fine OSS example in tandem with these web apps.

On a more serious note, this extension is GREAT (5, Interesting)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688519)

Why, you ask?

When I set up a Windows box for a neophyte (admittedly, not often) I do everything I can to purge Internet Exploder from the system. Some might find this unjustifiable, but the only time I'm ever asked (begged) to help Windows is when a friend of my wife's computer is running badly due to six billion viruses and twenty-two trillion Spyware programs.

Anyhow. I hunt down all the shortcuts to IE and file associations to IE (i.e. as a viewer, default browser, blah blah blah) and replace them with Firebird. Then, I swap Firebird's icon with IE's icon. (I do a similar thing with with Lookout Express and ThunderBird). I used to even install the IE theme, but it's been busted for a while.

This will help to complete the illusion.

Of course, when I'm done, I just tell them I put on a new version of "The Internet" called Mozilla to help them not get viruses and spyware in the first place. I make sure they hear the brand at least a dozen times when I'm talking to them, because I want to build brand recognition. Maybe they'll tell their stupid friends how great Mozilla is and their friends will download it and use it. (Wishful thinking, I know).

But we all know that telling a Windows user to use Mozilla Fire* instead of IE will far on deaf ears; these people will click that stupid fuckin' blue E because they want to "get on the Internet". You have to make them use something else, or they WILL succumb to temptation and get infected again.

So far, nobody's come back. Either they hate me now, or they are relatively virus-free; I really don't care which.

At least my daughter was easier to set up. She knows to use Mozilla (full suite) instead of IE/OE. If she truly *needs* to use IE (i.e. one of her favourite sites doesn't work with Moz), she can ask me to add it to IE for her. I do this by modifying the automatic proxy configuration URL -- if it's on my safe site list, it points to Squid; otherwise it points to an inetd->shell hack which tells her to come and see me.

Re:On a more serious note, this extension is GREAT (3, Insightful)

peterprior (319967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688551)

This all works well until you get a tech support query, and ask them what browser they are using. They say IE, you say, "ok, go to tools -> options" and everything goes quiet as they can't find that menu option.

Re:On a more serious note, this extension is GREAT (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688570)

There is a Tools -> Options menu in Firefox

Re:On a more serious note, this extension is GREAT (1)

peterprior (319967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688579)

Yeah I just noticed that... well.. the actual preferences section and most config options will be different to IE, but I guess I'll just stop reading slashdot and go get some coffee.

Re:On a more serious note, this extension is GREAT (2, Interesting)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688576)

A very valid point.

That's why they are trained to say "so and so set me up" when talking to tech support; I know the techs at the local ISP.

But even so, yeah, I admit this could cause some problems, but a clever tech will out what's going on anyhow.

The main point being, they don't call *me*. LOL.

Re:On a more serious note, this extension is GREAT (3, Interesting)

jtwJGuevara (749094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688594)

That's why they are trained to say "so and so set me up" when talking to tech support; I know the techs at the local ISP.

But even so, yeah, I admit this could cause some problems, but a clever tech will out what's going on anyhow.


Not in my neck of the woods. The braniac for an isp tech here came over to setup my cable internet service was throwing fits because he couldn't find the IE icon on my desktop. I simply told him to "use Firefox.... it's not vastly different from Netscape". He still was dumbfounded. Seriously, a browser is a browser is a browser, and this guy who is being paid to setup internet accounts for subscribers cowered when given something other than explorer to work with.

Very disturbing... I won't be calling these guys up for tech support anytime soon.

Re:On a more serious note, this extension is GREAT (5, Funny)

Anders (395) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688566)

At least my daughter was easier to set up.

Yeah, the initial set up is quite easy (especially if you are not the female). But just wait for your daughter to become a teenager.

Re:On a more serious note, this extension is GREAT (1)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688586)

...six months to go... I rue the day.

Re:Next step for microsoft (1)

primus_sucks (565583) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688613)

Step 3.5: add millions of security holes.

I'm calling mine slash dot.dot (5, Funny)

Amiga Lover (708890) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688462)

I'm calling mine slash org dot.dot so I can use slash dot dot dot to go to aytch tee tee pee colon slash slash slash dot dot dot org... Because it's no sillier than 4 name changes in 12 months.

Re:I'm calling mine slash dot.dot (5, Interesting)

TintinX (569362) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688475)

It hasn't changed 4 times, it's changed twice, and they have been necessary changes to avoid conflicts with other Open Source projects.
Remember, FF is not yet out of Beta so a name change is trivial.
That said, it needs to start building a brand name and that brand will be Firefox. I believe the developers have said clearly that it will not change again.
Anyway, I love the new FF icon. Much nicer than Moz ;)

Re:I'm calling mine slash dot.dot (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688488)

I guess you could count mozilla -> phoenix -> firebird -> firefox.

That's 4 names but I guess only 3 changes, and only if you really push to count mozilla in the first place

Re:I'm calling mine slash dot.dot (1)

eyeye (653962) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688508)


I guess you could count mozilla -> phoenix -> firebird -> firefox.

That's 4 names but I guess only 3 changes, and only if you really push to count mozilla in the first place

Right on there AC.
Whatever the name its a cracking browser and it seemed to get an extra turn of speed in the last name change so maybe thats a good thing ;-)

Re:I'm calling mine slash dot.dot (5, Informative)

Dan93 (222999) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688539)

Actually, from what I understand, Firebird, Pheonix and Firefox are just code names. When the browser is released 1.0 it'll just be Mozilla Browser.

Random names? (5, Interesting)

arendjr (673589) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688463)

I heard it is also possible to let it randomly generate a new name everytime you start Firefox, quite funny :)

Re:Random names? (4, Funny)

sanctimonius hypocrt (235536) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688483)


"...brought to you by a cadre of flaming geese?"


Re:Random names? (2, Funny)

abram10 (755205) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688522)

Well, you could append a random 4- or 5- letter code to Fire. It may not always be intelligible, but, eventually, you could get something!

FireBlah!

Re:Random names? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688629)

Ok... FireBert.

What's wrong with Firefox? (4, Funny)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688465)

Remember: YOU HAVE TO THINK IN RUSSIAN!

I like Firefox. What the hell name would I change it to? Who cares anyway?

Re:What's wrong with Firefox? (0, Offtopic)

Troed (102527) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688514)

Parent is not off topic. If you think it is, you've missed out on a good movie.

Re:What's wrong with Firefox? (3, Interesting)

malok2 (728307) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688530)

I have tried to get so many friends to switch over to firefox, and their first reactions were:
1) mozilla ? Their old browsers sucked.
2) firefox ? It sounds like a firewall software.

anyways, after taking the time to explain them what firefox really is, they were all convinced.

Re:What's wrong with Firefox? (1)

56uSquareWave (726317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688547)

Remember: YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT ANGELINA JOLIE!

no wait thats foxfire, oh well :)

In soviet Russia... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688601)

...your breathing thinks about YOU!

Re:What's wrong with Firefox? (1)

BRSloth (578824) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688634)

Ok, let's try:

slashdot.org open ME

(ahn, oops?)

What about Thunderbird? (0, Interesting)

Vegeta99 (219501) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688466)

Ya know, over all the browser name changes, I've wondered why Ford hasn't sued the shit out of them over the name of the mail client, Thunderbird.

Re:What about Thunderbird? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688477)

Because it doesn't even vaguely resemble an automobile.

Re:What about Thunderbird? (5, Insightful)

LetterRip (30937) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688481)

Probably because they are well aware of Trademark law, and realize that they would lose the case since cars are in an entirely different market from webbrowsers and email clients?

LetterRip

Re:What about Thunderbird? (1)

baxissimo (135512) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688558)

You'd think, but cars and computers may have more in common than you think [acer.com] . At least one automaker thought their brand name would look swell on a computer product.

Re:What about Thunderbird? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688595)

Christ they already have the cars running windows, we should at least be able to read our email while our BMW's brakes fail.

Excuse me, but it's the TV series (3, Interesting)

Moderation abuser (184013) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688498)

With wooden puppets: Thunderbirds are go... dundundeladee.

Or the Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle.

Oooh. Look not a Ford in sight.

In the real world, not necessarily the one you inhabit, the Thunderbird is a mythical beast from native Indian legend.

In the real world (0, Offtopic)

Eevee (535658) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688549)

Thunderbird is the ripple preferred by gentlemen of leasure [tcsn.net] everywhere.

Re:What about Thunderbird? (1)

fbform (723771) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688574)


Ya know, over all the browser name changes, I've wondered why Ford hasn't sued the shit out of them over the name of the mail client, Thunderbird.

Why go as far as their mail client? The *browser* used to be called Firebird. As in Pontiac Firebird.

As to why they haven't been sued (by GM in the case of Firebird), it's because their markets are completely different and the car manufacturers probably realize that themselves.

Speaking of Thunderbird, wasn't there once a surface-to-air missile named Thunderbird? That would have been an interesting battle had it ever come to Ford-vs-Thunderbird:

Ford: You have infringed on our tradema... [sees missile]
Missile dude: You were sayin'?

Re:What about Thunderbird? (2, Informative)

sepluv (641107) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688608)

Trademarks only apply to a single product type. Software is a separate category from vehicles for the purposes of trademarks.

Black and white vs colour (1)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688468)

Strange, how it's far easier (at least for me) to see that the sketched black/white drawing is a fox than the coloured rendered version - I thought the coloured version was simply abstract until I saw the sketch :-)

Who needs computers - bring back sketchpads :-)

Simon

Re:Black and white vs colour (0)

Uber Banker (655221) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688515)

The coloured one looks like a dinosaur to me, which was totally consistent with the name FireBird as birds evolved from dinosaurs, and the colour was red (like fire). Now I'm left thinking why fox when there's a pic of a dinosaur?

Re:Black and white vs colour (1)

AndyL (89715) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688540)

If it was a really sketchy, super black/white drawing then you'd be able to see that it's really a panda.

Re:Black and white vs colour (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688588)

I must be missing some subtle humour here - that [actsofvolition.com] is never a panda.

Simon

Re:Black and white vs colour (4, Informative)

Teddy Beartuzzi (727169) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688569)

Try this anime style [laacz.lv] one:

Old news (3, Interesting)

Delirium Tremens (214596) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688472)

I have been running Firetoad (and sometimes Firemussel) for 3-4 weeks now.
The plugin was actually released the same day as 0.8.

Re:Old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688610)

Granted, this is a light, fluffy news piece of no importance, but I too was surprised to see such old news here. Finding something fresh and interesting on Slashdot has become increasingly rare, especially if like me you have an RSS/Atom newsreader and you read weblogs.

Cheesy... (3, Informative)

PoorLenore (608332) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688473)

about:config also let's you change the 'Mozilla' bit, too. Mozzerella Seasquid here.

Re:Cheesy... (1)

PoorLenore (608332) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688480)

Yeah, that's "lets". (Preview-schmeview.)

Shizzilla (1)

Adolph_Hitler (713286) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688590)

right?

Hmmmm.... (4, Funny)

Yoda2 (522522) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688478)

Along the lines of the post above, I could call it "Internet Explorer" and just tell my employees that M$ released an "upgrade." I could do away with the "real" IE once and for all in one fell swoop.
/me heads for early Saturday in the office while everyone is gone

So they've finally caught up... (0)

jupo (717073) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688479)

to IE, which has had this feature [websolutionarchives.com] for years.

MOD PARENT DOWN (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688523)

Because they compliment IE, which although maybe true, goes against all-powerful /. groupthink.

Re:So they've finally caught up... (1, Flamebait)

BigDumbSpaceApe (749732) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688624)

But can you RANDOMIZE your IE titlebar with funny names?!?

EAT THAT M$ FANBOI!!! MUAHAHAHAHA

[/sarcam ;)]

How about firese.cx (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688482)

Although this is probably going to get the -1, troll mod by moderators who think that SCO jokes are 5, funny and the microsoft sux0rs is 5, insightful, it is funny to the real [anti-slash.org] slashdotters around here.

Firese.cx [csvs.co.uk] . The web browser with a gaping hole!

Better? (5, Funny)

geekster (87252) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688485)

So now it has an infinite number of names? Great...

hot news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688486)

not as if firesomething dates from winter of last year or anything.

me & my Kenya Tourist Board Hairytapir laugh in your general direction

I know what I want to call it... (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688490)

Does anyone remember what Spock's first name was?

Re:I know what I want to call it... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688506)

I think it was Mister, If I remember correctly :)

Re:I know what I want to call it... (2, Funny)

MadChicken (36468) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688521)

Did this get modded down? Here's proof [allscifi.com]

Xtmprszntwlfd Spock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688580)

Spock's other name (you couldn't pronounce it, as he told the blonde in "This Side of Paradise") isn't given in TOS or TFS. It is given in one or more of the books if you care to believe them. According to the Officer's Manual (and probably originated from D.C. Fontana), it is Xtmprszntwlfd (pronounced with six syllables). In the novel "Ishmael", it is given as S'chin T'gai.

-- rec.arts.startrek.names [horus.at]

anti-branding.. i like it! (5, Funny)

plams (744927) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688495)

Tech: Tech-support.. how may I help you?
Me: Hi, uhm... Well, I'm having trouble connecting to the internet..
Tech: *groan* Ok. What browser are you using?
Me: Eh.. It says firepanda..
Tech: Oh? Well, try opening it...
Me: Ok.... done
Tech: Now, in your.. firepanda window.. try find a menu called "preferences"
Me: Uhm.. firepanda?! it says crimsongazelle now..
Tech: *sigh*

How about (1, Funny)

beforewisdom (729725) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688500)

Phoefirebirdfox ?

finally, a reason to switch from... (1, Insightful)

dankelley (573611) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688501)

...mozilla, which seems just as fast, and more full-featured (e.g. mail, calendar). I must be missing something in the enthusiasm for firefox.

Re:finally, a reason to switch from... (1)

Seven001 (750590) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688584)

Simplicity. I don't want a billion features, I just want a simple browser.

Re:finally, a reason to switch from... (0, Flamebait)

phrasebook (740834) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688623)

Simplicity. I don't want a billion features, I just want a simple browser.

There isn't a billion features, and most of 'em aren't even visible unless you go to Preferences. I had to dig through Firebird's documentation and config file a while back just so I could change the damn cache location on disk - real simple that was.

Firefox seems like a total waste of effort. It doesn't do anything significantly different to Mozilla, is no faster in my experience, renders pages exactly the same, and has a similar non-standard UI and stupid theme capability.

So why use it over just a minimal Mozilla install? For a dumbed-down Preferences panel? For a re-jigged download 'manager'? For more bugs? For that special beta feeling you only get with 0.X releases? For the joy of using Thunderbird separately, the Most Buggy Mail Client In The History Of The Universe? Why?!

Re:finally, a reason to switch from... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688607)

wait, so being able to change the name is the reason you're finally going to switch??

i see it differently (4, Insightful)

G27 Radio (78394) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688628)

I'm not a very big fan of Mozilla at all--not since Phonix/Firebird/Firefox came out. Mozilla renders quickly, but it just feels clunky and slow to get started.

I like Firefox because it's trimmed down and has a smaller footprint. If I want to use mail I just start up Thunderbird. The calendar plugin works from both Thunderbird and Firefox.

I suppose if I regularly needed all the features in Mozilla I'd feel differently. No disrespect to Mozilla, but I really prefer using Firefox and Thunderbird.

Yay for Mozilla Firespider! (2, Funny)

hattig (47930) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688502)

The browser choice for the discerning balrog spider!

Re:Yay for Mozilla Firespider! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688510)

Oh dear, now I'm running Mozilla Flyingbuttmonkey.

Maybe I should change the vendor to Microsoft.

Great (1)

r00zky (622648) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688505)

I'm renaming it to FireAvian, so it's compatible with RFC 1149 [faqs.org]

Political tool (1)

mrmdls (684047) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688512)

I can see it now, there's the nightly news describing how the web's being used to draw voters attention. with firefox being run as Vote for Bush, or Vote for Kerry. I think I'll just set mine up to say SCO Sucks!!!!

Browser formally know as... (4, Funny)

peterprior (319967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688513)

All this "The browser formally known as..." stuff.
I'm going to call my firefox "Prince" :)

Firefox (0, Redundant)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688525)

Disclosure: IAACWU (I am a clueless Windows user).

I loved Firefox's addable tools feature, but then it broke. Could be my obvious ineptitude, but I default back to IE (actually, Avant Browser on top) with a bunch of custom security settings.

Diluting Mindshare (5, Insightful)

Apple Acolyte (517892) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688535)

Unfortunately, it will not do wonders for Firefox's name recognition if most of its users decide on proprietary appellations. Let's try to increase mindshare by sticking to its official name, and as an added benefit we'll always know to which browser we're referring! Just MHO.

you could do this with IE before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688536)

there is a registry setting to do this in windows
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=176497

And in other important news... (0, Flamebait)

Punchinello (303093) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688543)

- The Eminem looking kid from the IBM Linux commercials makes bowel movement.

- Technogeek from Kenosha, Wisconsin hears his grandmother say "red hat" and IMs all his friends to let them know that Linux has finally made the mainstream.

must be a slow news day.

Can you also change its name to Internet Exploder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688545)

for those obnoxious sites [www.bgl.lu] that somehow don't understand what "abuse of monopoly power" means...

Cool (5, Funny)

anonicon (215837) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688552)

I really like this, hadn't know it existed. Now that I'm running FireBush, my entire browsing experience has become faster, leaner and a whole lot less intrusive.

Here's to hoping that the Mozilla hackers keep up the technical and political innovations. :-)

Re:Cool (1)

0x0d0a (568518) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688602)

"FireBrush"...I dunno, what about "FirePage"?

Linux branding oppoptunity. (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688554)

This extension is just what we need to make Linux distributions more freindly to Joe User.

Whenever you get a Linux distribution, it insalls about 5 differeent web browsers with confusing names such as Konqueror, Mozilla, Lynx, Galeon and Epiphany. There is no need for all those web browsers. And don't scream CHOICE either, you are only going to be using ONE, so why have 5 installed?

This is where this extension comes in. Linux distributions could now just ship one browser, but customised with their experiance. Imagine Debianavigator, Fedora the explorer, SuSEscape, Webdrake, Genfox and Slackzilla web browsers, with their own themeing, but still firefox internally, and "hardcore" users could still change it back if they wanted by downloading the extention.

Lindows already ship a customised Mozilla known as "Lindows Internet Suite", so why can't other Linux distributions do this? They already brand KDE/GNOME/ETC with their menu layouts, icons and apps, so why not do web browsers?

Randomizer lists (1)

nukem1999 (142700) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688561)

I think I'm going to clear and refill my randomizer lists with MGS style attribute / animal names. Although really, Firefox and the default randomizer list populations aren't that far off :)

Or maybe I'll just set it to run as Mozilla RevolverOcelot all the time. Who knows

Just call it OpenSourceBrowser... (4, Insightful)

cnelzie (451984) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688562)

...and be done with it. No need for going all ga-ga about naming it something new every two weeks because the 'Geeks that Be' don't bother doing a simple Google Search to make certain they aren't trouncing on someone else's software product name...

Yeah, OpenSourceBrowser isn't very 'sexy', neither is OpenOffice.org, but that seems to work for them...

This will "help curb some of the criticism" ?!? (2, Insightful)

pgrst (662201) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688564)

This extension should hopefully help curb some of the criticism that Mozilla has received from its most recent choice of name."

You mean the criticism that Mozilla cannot come up with a decent and consistent naming strategy?

Giving users the ability to rename the browser to Mozilla (anything) will really help build brand awareness and promote a consistent naming strategy.........

Fire-star (4, Interesting)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688568)

This plug-in is kinda funny, and I hope the Mozilla folks can take a joke and enjoy the laugh. But treating "the criticism that Mozilla has received from its most recent choice of name" as if it were a serious issue suggests that the submitter of this article could stand to lighten up and look around. The vast majority of Browser Formerly Known As users seem to have taken to the the name "Firefox" pretty well. As the album cover says: 205,000 Google hits for "firefox browser" can't be wrong.

New open-source strategy? (5, Funny)

plams (744927) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688581)

Could this be used as legal immunity for linux? So, when SCO decides to sue someone for having an unlicenced linux kernel, they just reply with something like, "Sorry sir McNeal, but I checked this morning.. and what do you know, we actually run Mozillix, Fenix and Bollox... but not linux?"

Re:New open-source strategy? (1)

GregAndreou (732856) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688599)

McNeal? I guess that would be McBride although it does sound a little like a cross between McBride and McNealy. Imagine the potential there. Or again maybe not...

Re:New open-source strategy? (1)

plams (744927) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688609)

Oh, my bad - McBride it is, of course. I must've accidently installed this name randomizer into my brain.

I'm running... (3, Funny)

Stile 65 (722451) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688605)

Nutzilla Firecock. I wonder what other names people have come up with.

After this article, I'm hoping the Slashdot editors go through the logs and find the funniest client names and post a list (after a few days for people to play with names). I can't wait to see what you bastards come up with! :)

Trademarks and Un-offical Builds (1)

HighOrbit (631451) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688614)

If I remember correctly, Mozilla.org was having some heartburn over unofficial builds using the Mozilla name because of Trademark issues (yes, even open source projects can be A-holes when it comes to "stealing" thier stuff). From the mozilla website:

Our code is free - but we do strictly enforce our trademark rights. Our trademarks include, among others, the names Mozilla, Bugzilla and XUL, the Firefox name and logo, the Mozilla text logo and the red lizard logo. This means that, while you have considerable freedom to modify and redistribute our software, there are tight restrictions on your ability to use the Mozilla name and logos, even when built into binaries that we provide.


They go on to say that un-modified versions can be redistributed with the mozilla branding, but "all other uses of the Mozilla marks require prior written permission." So, if you are doing any kind of browswer hacking, changing the name/logos becomes more or less mandatory in order to stay on Mozilla.org's good side.

Trademarks (1)

sepluv (641107) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688615)

They are doing this, so that people don't use the Firefox and Mozilla trademarks (and logos)(which they refuse to license without explicit permission).

Mozilla Foundation probably do not have the right to stop people from using the logos under trademark law, and they certainly cannot stop people using the name or logos if it is made clear that it is only derived from Firefox (but they are trying to anyway).

Firefox doesn't seem to be a registered trademark in the EU yet anyway, and Mozilla is still registered to Netscape Corporation (now Time Warner) in the US and EU.

Humour oriented (1)

leoboiko (462141) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688618)

This should have the "it's funny" icon. You can make serious use of the extension, of course, but by default it will generate random names like "LightningCow" or "PowerBadger".

I modified the preferences to choose names inspired in Japanese tokusatsu. Currently I'm browsing in Mozilla ZyuuraTiga V.

On a technical note (2, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 10 years ago | (#8688621)

This is all swell and spiffy, but do we need to standardize an environment variable for browsers, as there is for editors, so that we can still use the system effectively in terrifying presence of 'Leonid_Brezhnevs_eyebrows-er'?

Doesn't run on SuSE 7.2 boxes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8688622)

....damn...newer Mozilla builds require at least glibc 2.2.4

SuSE 7.2 has glibc 2.2.2
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