Before the latest Firefox download is made available to users, it is first a project in the making. For the developers behind it, calling it 1.01.06.04 may not be quite easy. And if the updates pile up, they might find it a bit confusing. This perhaps is why they came up with codenames for each Firefox project. Here are those codenames from the very first version down to the latest release from Mozilla.
Pescadero. It was also version 0.1 and featured a customizable toolbar and the quicksearch feature. This Firefox download was followed by 0.2 a month later in October 1, 2002, by “Santa Cruz.” Lucia, Oceano, and Naples followed. Here’s a little trivia: These five codenames were all coined when Firefox was still called Phoenix. When it was renamed from Phoenix to Firebird, two codenames were used: Glendale and Indio. The first one is notable for many improvements including tweaks in bookmark and privacy. Indio was equipped with the password manager.
Version 2 of the Firefox download was codenamed “Bon Echo”. This version, meanwhile, was beefed up with session restoration after a browser crash, new search plug-in manager and add-on manager, and web feed previewing. Firefox Version 3, which was codenamed Gran Paradiso, Came with many technical upgrades but the most notable to users was perhaps the introduction of the Smart Location Bar or the Awesome Bar.
Version 3.5 was codenamed “Shiretoko.” For many stalkers, err, users, this was the best browser to come out at the time. Why? Because it was equipped with the famed “Private Browsing” mode, which doesn’t store history or cookies. “Namoroka” was the codename used for Version 3.6, which is able to notify users of out-of-date plug-ins.
The latest Mozilla Firefox download version available is Version 4. It was codenamed “Tumucumaque,” named after a Brazilian national park within the Amazon rainforest. Take note that these codenames are mostly names of places in the United States and New Zealand and national Parks.