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Mozilla announced a major update to its popular Firefox browser. Firefox 3.5 features performance improvements, privacy enhancements, support for new Web standards, and greater customization options. According to Mozilla, Firefox 3.5 is the best performing browser it has ever released. This latest version is more than two times faster than Firefox 3 and ten times faster than Firefox 2 on complex websites. Some of this performance increase comes as a result of the powerful new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine, which delivers excellent performance with today’s complex Web applications. Firefox 3.5 also offers a new Private Browsing mode, native support for open video and audio, and Location Aware... Read more...
Fennec, or Firefox Mobile, has finally reached the magic Alpha milestone. Prior to now, it was only available for the Nokia N800 / N810, or you could use a pre-Alpha version on the HTC Touch Pro. It wasn't all that encouraging that the first pre-Alpha release had a showstopper bug.On Friday, Mozilla announced that the Windows Mobile version of Fennec had finally reached an Alpha version. Here's what Mozilla said: We are pleased to announce that Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile 6 is available for download by developers and testers. This is an early developer release intended for testing purposes only. We would like to invite interested Windows Mobile developers and users to join with Mozilla’s... Read more...
Many consider the Firefox extensions Adblock Plus and NoScript in positive ways.  We've also indicated that the extension system on Firefox is one reason we're not looking to change to Chrome; we have too many extensions to do so. But one problem is that there's no current way, except for ads or donations, for developers to monetize their creations. And here we are. Adblock Plus does just what it sounds like it does: blocks ads. NoScript relies is designed to block browser scripting and plugins, adding security to the browser, and relies on ads and donations. You can probably see where this is going. In a (prior to this) unprecedented move, after some back-and-forth where the NoScript dev,... Read more...
Mozilla released Firefox 3.0.9 yesterday, fixing more than nine security flaws - some of which were termed critical, causing crashes in Firefox 3 and, occasionally, in Firefox 2. Some of the crashes corrupted memory.One of the issues dealt with JavaScript running in mail programs on Firefox and Thunderbird (which shares the Firefox browser engine). According to the company's website: Mozilla developers identified and fixed several stability bugs in the browser engine used in Firefox and other Mozilla-based products. Some of these crashes showed evidence of memory corruption under certain circumstances and we presume that with enough effort at least some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary... Read more...
If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the latest browser from Mozilla, you won’t have to wait much longer. The next version of Firefox is nearly complete, as evidenced by yesterday’s release of Firefox 3.1 Beta 3, the fifth development milestone in the popular web browser. Beta 3 has been plagued by delays. Mozilla originally intended to launch Firefox 3.1 in late 2008. Because progress on the browser has been slower than planned, the company reworked its schedule and added Beta 3 to the timetable to give developers more time to fix bugs. Earlier this year, Mozilla pushed back Beta 3’s release. Beta 3’s release comes just a week before the expected release of Internet Explorer 8. Just two... Read more...
Remember when we told you about Fennec’s upcoming availability for Windows Mobile? Now, it’s here.  Yesterday, Mozilla released a pre-alpha test build of the Windows Mobile port. This release is designed to work on an HTC Touch Pro and might not work on other devices just yet (though there’s nothing to stop you from trying.) Fennec’s goal is to bring the Firefox experience to mobile devices. Historically, Mozilla’s browser has been too resource-intensive for the mobile market, but the time and efforts spent to reduce memory overhead for the Firefox 3 release and other ongoing efforts to improve the browser’s JavaScript performance have made it a viable option for handheld devices. An early... Read more...
Mozilla announced the availability of Fennec alpha 2. This new prerelease version of the organization’s mobile browser has some much-needed performance improvements that increase the responsiveness of the program and adds faster page loads and faster scrolling. According to Mozilla developer Stuart Parmenter, the first alpha was focused on the user experience. This second alpha is focused on improving performance, with major strides being made in startup performance, panning and zooming performance, and responsiveness while pages are loading. Parmenter also notes that they’ve re-factored a significant amount of the front-end code, which enabled substantial speed improvements and will provide... Read more...
It appears as if Internet Explorer isn’t the only browser that’s been hit by bugs and security flaws lately. Mozilla and Opera have also released patches and updates for their respective browsers. In addition to updates for its popular Firefox browser, Mozilla recently released updates to its Thunderbird e-mail client and its SeaMonkey application suite. All of these updates are designed to address highly critical security flaws that could expose users' sensitive information. The vulnerabilities apply to earlier versions of Firefox 3, as well as in versions of Firefox 2. One of the most serious vulnerabilities that was repaired could enable attackers to inject malicious URLs into the session... Read more...
Not satisfied with Firefox 3.0.1?  Want to see if Firefox 3.1 is really faster than Chrome, as Mozilla claims (though it's arguable)?  Well, last night Mozille released the second alpha for Firefox 3.1.  Note the word "alpha.:"  Beta is buggy enough, but Alpha starts to stretch the limits a little.Shiretoko Alpha 2 is an early developer milestone for the next version of Firefox that is being built on top of Mozilla's Gecko 1.9.1 layout engine, Shiretoko Alpha 2 is being made available for testing purposes only, and is intended for web application developers and our testing community. Current users of Mozilla Firefox should not use Shiretoko Alpha 2.Yes, they are indeed warning... Read more...
Firefox 3 has just barely gotten out the door and Mozilla is already readying the alpha release of the next version, 3.1. Of course, as a point-release, it will be a much less ambitious project than the leap from 2 -> 3. In Firefox 3.1 status meeting notes from 6/24, the ship date is now estimated to be Q4 of this year or Q1 09. First alpha is in July, while first beta is in August. The release date is close to what had previously been stated by Mozilla. They had earlier said, however, that it would be date-driven, and it looks like a little flexibility has been added to that. Earlier Mozilla had also said the features in FF 3.1 would consist of those that had missed FF 3 but were nearly complete.... Read more...
Mozilla has found and removed a virus from its Vietnamese language pack for their Firefox 2 browser. The virus loads remote content, showing the unwitting users unwanted advertising, but does not propagate the virus itself to others. Everyone who downloaded the most recent Vietnamese language pack since February 18, 2008 got an infected copy.  While we cannot determine the exact number of compromised downloads, there have been 16,667 total downloads of the Vietnamese language pack since November 2007, so we anticipate the impact on users to be limited.Mozilla does virus scans at upload time but the virus scanner did not catch this issue until several months after the upload.  We are... Read more...
Firefox has been an unbridled success, and Mozilla wants to repeat history by trying the same formula on its open-source email client, Thunderbird.In 2005, the Mozilla Foundation set up a corporation to run elements of the Firefox Web browser operation. Now it's doing the same with Thunderbird, providing the as-yet-unnamed subsidiary with $3 million and beginning plans to significantly expand its programming staff, said Mozilla Chief Executive Mitchell Baker."We're increasing Mozilla's focus with people and money, and we're hoping to use that to create something better, much as we do in the Firefox space...for everyone interested in Internet and e-mail communications," Baker said.If they could... Read more...
Mozilla has a new alpha of the next major release of Firefox (i.e. 3.x) available for download.  As with all alphas and betas, this is not a finished product, so don't disregard the final product based on what you see in the alpha. "Gran Paradiso Alpha 4 is an early developer milestone for the next major version of Firefox that is being built on top of the next generation of Mozilla's layout engine, Gecko 1.9. Gran Paradiso Alpha 4 is being made available for testing purposes only, and is intended for web application developers and our testing community. Current users of Mozilla Firefox should not use Gran Paradiso Alpha 4" Have you already checked out Gran Paradiso?  What did you think?... Read more...
Mozilla, the company that brings you the internet browser Firefox, has targeted China as a big opportunity to preach its open source sermon. They've decided to open an office in Beijing. China's the second largest pool of internet users in the world, after the US. In China, stricter government rules on piracy and expensive software licences might encourage more consumers to turn to open-source technology, industry watchers say. Ever keen to develop home-grown technology, Beijing is also working on its own computer operating system and third-generation wireless standard, as well as its answer to the open-source movement -- state-backed... 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...
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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