History of Mozilla mascot:
Archive of old browsers and original Mcom.com site:
"This newer strategy...with fewer releases but more features and changes manifesting in each one...has held through to subsequent Firefox releases to date."
History sure changes fast.
Firefox has been a good thing.
for those using firefox, the browser has more information.
go to the address
Maybe "information" is a stretch, but its fun.
>Take it easy, sport. Phoenix has many files that override those in Mozilla, but it also has a new set of files. These files render a ton of files in Mozilla unnecessary, but we haven't yet stopped packaging the old files. It also still contains the modern theme and all the composer UI. In short, we haven't done any work yet to minimize the size, but we expect to be able to hit 6MB with a little work.
Things have changed quite a bit.
The vast majority of the world will never need to use any of that.
Built-in ad blocking is about the only useful thing you listed, and Ad-Block and ABP are widely used.
"Initial release November 9, 2004; 7 years ago" 
Maybe they're referring to the 1.0 release? I do remember using Firefox way earlier than that, it must have been 2000 or 2001. I guess those were 0.x releases. Wikipedia doesn't seem to say anything about that.
EDIT: It was called Firebird back then, too
My guess the same instructions should work on ubuntu 12.04 lts
Then there's Firefox. It's taken years to get to a point where you aren't swapping from three page loads. It has hardware graphics rendering and built-in video codecs. An entire development environment. And "helpful" features that try to guess what you're thinking and end up using more bandwidth, i/o and cpu than is necessary.
I know, i'm a luddite, i'm old-fashioned, i'm hindering progress. But get off my lawn! I just want a single tool that does something well. What's wrong with just releasing plugins for the features that aren't strictly text and image web content?
You could tell right away that this software was going to go places.
What happened? I still use it, but I definitely don't feel the same about it.
People stopped using text and images, and moved onto vast quantities of active content. Look at how much data is shifted for your couple of sentences.
A comparison via screenshots shows Firefox hasn't departed far from the spirit of Phoenix by default though. Phoenix 0.1: http://no.gd/p/phoenix-01-20120924-002927.jpg
Firefox 16: http://no.gd/p/ff16-20120924-002834.jpg
(Not that it seems to have done much for Opera, but Mozilla is in a better position to capitalise.)