Mozilla on 2012: We Found Our Mojo Again

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Someone fire up the theme song from Austin Powers, Mozilla found its mojo on the desktop -- oh, behave! Mozilla made the claim in a blog post reflecting on 2012 and all the advancements it's been able to make to its Firefox browser.

"We streamlined and we upgraded. Our performance and memory teams didn't incredible work," Mozilla said. "The Firefox of today is significantly better than the Firefox of a year ago in every way, and we're seeing that recognized in our formal feedback channels, and in comments from strangers when the see a Firefox t-shirt."

Mozilla in 2012

Memory management has traditionally been one of Firefox's weak spots, though we have to agree that Mozilla's made great strides in the past 12 months. Memory leaks, once a major problem, are relatively minor these days.

If nothing else, Mozilla has certainly been busy. Mozilla rebuilt Firefox from the ground up for Android, has been working on a Firefox OS, and has been championing Do Not Track technology, which it says is enabled by more than 19 percent of Firefox for Android users and 8 percent of desktop users.
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OSunday replied on Sun, Dec 16 2012 1:11 PM

Except that they decided the browser is going to run resolutely in 32-bit over 64-bit and there's no longer the option for 64-bit versions in the nightly builds either. I just don't understand why they're not trying to grow with more advanced platforms.

Firefox OS is also looking to sort of become the newer Linux of mobile OS's Consumers by allowing more opennes from the "walled gardens" of what current exists with iOS, Android and WP7. I guess their goal for openness coincides with "the web being the primary platform." Their website says it allows more choices and won't lock anyone into a single OS but I don't understand whether Firefox OS is going to be an overlay for Android or a stand alone OS entirely.

However the privacy offered by "Do not track" technology is pretty outstanding. I had never heard of that before googling it after reading in this article but it makes Firefox a MUCH more appealing web browser.

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Dorkstar replied on Sun, Dec 16 2012 2:27 PM

I'd like to see some more in depth information, and some side by side comparison of both the old Firefox, and the browsers of today before I make the leap back to Firefox.  It's just seemed like in the past 2-3 years, Firefox became slower and buggier.  I think they've lost a good amount of loyal followers recently, and it's starting to show in their declining market dominance.

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OSunday replied on Sun, Dec 16 2012 5:53 PM

It might also be that there are entire newcomers to the game with Browsers like Chrome, and IE revamping its game. I think this article is talking about how this past year they've made a resurgence from the bugginess and "lack of mojo" during the past 2-3 years before this one.

I have IE, Chrome and Firefox all on my laptop because .gov, .mil, and .edu networks can only be accessed through IE, and a specific software that's part of the course for some of my classes only works on Firefox and Chrome is my personal favorite for everything else, but in using Firefox this year even if it is for a single use it seems to be quicker than it has been when I had it on my desktop at home the past couple of years 

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Mozilla 2012 Look Amazing!

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WendellWoW replied on Mon, Dec 17 2012 10:14 AM

I'd be willing to give Mozilla a try.

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