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Firefox launched on November 9, 2004. It took one year for Firefox to reach 100 million downloads. One further year and it doubled to 200 million. One more year and it's doubled again to 400 million downloads. Today, you all have done it once again. With your amazing efforts, Firefox has reached 400 million downloads and demonstrated that not even the world’s most powerful companies can keep people from a better, safer, and faster Web experience. You all, the grass roots and the heart of the Firefox movement, have helped hundreds of millions of people find that better, safer, and faster Web. We use it and love it.  It's our browser of choice.  We just hope Mozilla keeps it quick... Read more...
Firefox has made a lot of headway the past few years.  It’s risen from relative obscurity to be the first real alternative to challenge the de facto standard, Internet Explorer, since Netscape.The problem is that figures of how popular the program is could be based on anything from usage patterns to the number of downloads.Usage is quite easy to gauge and would seem to be more accurate, but usage figures just don’t produce the kind of jaw-dropping numbers that make headlines.  Why don't these two figures agree?Because not everyone who downloads uses it, and not everyone who uses it continues to do so. “Firefox's claims to success have been supported by clocking up the number of downloads, encouraged... Read more...
There's always been an element of superstition about the safety and security of all sorts of web browsers and operating systems. The idea that if Bill Gates isn't involved you'll be magically protected against trouble is wearing a little thin now. The best protection against exploits in browsers has always been a market share south of 5% Well, Mozilla's Firefox browser is learning the hard lesson of  "big enough to matter, big enough to get security holes pointed out." And last week's fingerpointing exercise blaming Microsoft for their Firefox problem is a dead letter now. "We thought this was just a problem with IE. It turns out, it is a problem with Firefox as well," Window Snyder,... Read more...
Mozilla is thinking of allowing its users to automatically block websites, identified by Google as a risk for malicious downloads, in their next generation web brower. Google collects lists of presumably malicious webpages using information gathered by Stopbadware.org, Lenovo, and Sun.  It's not a done deal, but if so it would amount essentially to Google having veto power over Firefox browsed webpages. If the security tool makes it into Firefox 3.0's final build, Mozilla will rely on long-time partner Google to provide the blocking blacklists. Google already does that for Firefox 2.0's anti-phishing feature, which is powered by the search giant's open-source "Safe Browsing" code. (Safe... Read more...
Mozilla's free web browser Firefox is a big hit. It's won over a substantial  market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer users, and it's growing all the time. But Wired reports that it's running into a problem now.  It's no longer the little upstart fighting the mighty Redmond beast. The pesky underdog. The little guy. In short, it's big enough to hate. And users are starting to hate its code bloat, instability, and slow performance. Welcome to the adult's table. When Firefox 1.0 arrived in November 2004, it was hailed as one of free software's crowning achievements. A team of far-flung volunteers had created a slimmed-down, standards-compliant web browser that beat the pants... Read more...
Two highly anticipated applications were released today.  First we serve up Mozilla's Firefox 2. This has been one of the most anticipated browser releases which now includes anti-phishing, Java Script 1.7 support, and a new extension system.  For a complete list of changes hop over to Mozilla's website for a full detailed listing. Next on the list we have Microsoft Defender.  First introduced over a little over a year and a half ago as a beta product after the acquisition of GIANT software, it has become one of the more popular Anti-Spyware software packages on the market.  Microsoft today finally released the production version free to the public.  You can download... Read more...
Firefox is a great browser. One of its strengths is the ability to tinker with it to get it to do all sorts of additional neat things. Joe Kissell at Macworld has a terrific round-up of free add-ons for Firefox to help you raise your personal browser geek factor to stratospheric heights: And thanks to a growing number of free Firefox extensions, it's an especially good tool for people who want every possible ounce of browser power - and who are willing to tinker with their Mac to get it. I've dug up 10 of the best extensions for Firefox. Some of these are designed to make surfing easier or safer, while others are specifically geared toward Web developers. All are free, and you can easily configure... Read more...
Mozilla has updated its immensely popular and award winning Firefox web browser to version 1.5.0.7.  The latest package weighs in at a reasonable 5MB and can be grabbed here if your browser has not already updated through the auto update service.  For a list of changes please check here.  ... Read more...
The second beta for Mozilla's Firefox 2 browser has been released. As the release notes explain, the browser includes built-in phishing protection, improvements with the visual interface and tabbed browsing system, a browsing session restore feature, and enhanced search capabilities. There's plenty more to check out, so get downloading. "Firefox 2 Beta 2 is a developer preview release of our next generation Firefox browser and it is being made available for testing purposes only. Firefox 2 Beta 2 is intended for Web application developers and our testing community. Current users of Firefox 1.x should not use Firefox 2 Beta 2 and expect... Read more...
Twelve FireFox fans, mainly Oregon State University students, created a large FireFox crop circle with a diameter of 220 feet on Saturday. The crop circle took two weeks to plan and was constructed in under 24 hours in an oat field near Amity, Oregon, with the permission of the land owners. The circle is completely invisible from the road, but clearly visible from the sky, as shown in the following picture. Visit the project page for a photo gallery and videos documenting the project.... Read more...
Mozilla's Firefox has become known for it's feature set and lack of exploits(well, compared to IE), and it can be argued that it's the better browser to use at home. In a corporate environment however, Internet Explorer's integration with Windows and other factors can outshine the usefulness of Firefox. "Two years ago I blogged about a similar subject. I discussed the advantages of Internet Explorer (IE) over Mozilla and other web browsers in a corporate environment. I concluded that IE is by far the better choice. Recently we deployed about 250 new computers and so I considered this question again. Now, Firefox is the main rival of IE. The... Read more...
Developers at the Mozilla Foundation are readying the first alpha version of the Firefox 2 open-source browser, and could release it as early as this week.The release includes a new "Places" feature intended to make it easier to find and return to recently visited Web pages. The development team decided to freeze the code for what will become Firefox 2.0a1 as of last Thursday, with a view to releasing the code this Friday, according to the minutes of a Firefox 2 status meeting held March 14 at the foundation's headquarters. However, another notice posted to the Web page of the Mozilla Developer Centre advised that the Thursday code freeze could lead to a release as early as Tuesday this week. ... Read more...
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