Category: Firefox

New Firefox Campaign – It’s Just Wrong

By | January 8, 2008 | 3 Comments

Firefox MarketingThere’s a video which should do some kind of marketing I guess (and it really does):

So according to that video, Firefox users compared to IE users are:

14% less likely to have sleeping disorders
67% more likely to go mountain biking
40% less likely to be widowed Continue Reading

Netscape Navigator Leaves Web Browsers Industry

By | December 29, 2007 | 8 Comments

Netscape Navigator Dead SkullSeems everyone is talking about that right now. You got it right. According to the article (posted in Netscape blog), after February 1’st, AOL won’t be developing any further Netscape Navigator releases. The browser will be left on its own fate. Eh… Remember old times?

Netscape Navigator Dead
Netscape Navigator Market Share

It was the world’s most popular web browser and now its over. Internet Explorer will be next? I bet it will, I bet it will. If Microsoft will continue to use same “logic” while developing IE, someday you might see similar topic like this, just about Internet Explorer.

As for now, most of the current Netscape Navigator users will probably switch to Firefox and increase its market share.

That’s it. Check Netscape Navigator at Wikipedia if you want to remember old times.

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Firefox 3 Pre Beta 2 2007 15 05 Released

By | December 15, 2007 | 0 Comments

Firefox 3 Beta 2 is expected to be released in late December, as for now, here’s another nightly build from Firefox team, which is working on weekends too. This nightly introduces lots of fixes, so let’s proceed with the changelog, shall we?

Fixed

  • 258405 [Firefox:Toolbars] – New measure to prevent XUL spoofing also allows other custom toolbars to appear, not only the location bar. [All]
  • 342504 [Core:DOM] – [FIX]Tab is blanked when clicking an anchor link identical to the current url [All]
  • 365851 [Core:JavaScript Engine] – get/set/ call optimizations [All]
  • 396930 [Core:Disability Access APIs] – giving focus to tree before its populated crashes Thunderbird [@ nsUInt32Array: :GetAt] [Lin]
  • 398907 [Firefox:OS Integration] – Firefox saves wrong window restore size while closing a maximized window. [Win]
  • 399746 [Firefox:Page Info] – Exception… “‘[JavaScript Error: "gImage View.data[i] has no properties” {file: “chrome://browser/ content/ pageinfo/ pageInfo.js” line: 554}]’ when calling method: [nsIDOM NodeFilter: :acceptNode]” [All]
  • 401247 [Firefox:Places] – Assertion Failed (assert: null node) when middle-clicking on blank space in Bookmarks Toolbar [All]
  • 403691 [Core:Security: PSM] – unable to display decoded policies extension in certs from https://www.digicert.com [All]
  • 403830 [Core:DOM] – Use arena pools and a separate heap for content [Win]
  • 404894 [Toolkit:XUL Widgets] – Text in disabled xul should be grayed [Mac]
  • 406194 [Firefox:Places] – Rich url bar keeps old scroll position even on new input [All]
  • 406230 [Firefox:Download Manager] – Vertically align download icons in the center [All]
  • 406790 [Toolkit:Microformats] – Add support for an option to show/hide hidden microformats [All]
  • 407044 [Firefox:Download Manager] – Download manager should use more Linux stock icons [Lin]
  • 407193 [Firefox:Preferences] – Restore animate FadeIn behavior for Mac prefpanes (revert fix for bug 394881) [Mac]
  • 407286 [Firefox:Places] – ExpireItems (EXPIRATION _COUNT _PER _RUN) takes about 700ms (down from 8 seconds) but could be faster? [All]
  • 407292 [Firefox:Places] – When adding a bookmark with no title, we should use the uri as the title [All]
  • 407421 [Core:XP Miscellany] – [FIX]Named windows/tabs are randomly targeted from windows that target them [All]
  • 407540 [Firefox:Places] – Tags checked when they are created for a different bookmark [Mac]
  • 407655 [Firefox:Download Manager] – Reorganize download context menus [All]
  • 407788 [Core:Security: UI] – polish Delete Server Certificate Exceptions dialog [Win]
  • 408135 [Core:Layout] – nsCSSRuleProcessor: :GetRuleCascade does unnecessary array churning [All]
  • 408214 [Toolkit:Breakpad Integration] – crash reporter sending random “Name” field [Win]
  • 408295 [Core:Style System (CSS)] – avoid temporary arrays when cascading style rules [All]
  • 408316 [Firefox:Places] – License header in the middle of browser.js [All]
  • 408322 [Firefox:Places] – right click, bookmark this link doesn’t bookmark the link [All]
  • 408356 [Firefox:Build Config] – Removed deprecated MathML fonts on update and pave-over install [All]
  • 408359 [Firefox:Password Manager] – P assword Manager dialog’s Show/Hide Passwords button does not have an access key [All]
  • 408368 [Core:JavaScript Engine] – Suboptimal code in array_sort implementation [All]
  • 408373 [Firefox:Password Manager] – Typo in a comment in nsLogin Manager Prompter.js [All]
  • 408403 [Core:DOM] – [FIX]Use QI tables for document classes [All]
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming

  • 404530 [Firefox:OS Integration] – Make use of GTK stock icons in more places [Lin]
  • 407415 [Core:GFX: Thebes] – NaNs in gfx*Font with font-size:0 and font-size-adjust [All]
  • Regressions/Annoying/Common bugs

  • 337761 [Core:XPCOM] – Folder does not open anymore for dragged link [All]
  • 339804 [Firefox:General] – Multiple login requests for authentification proxies if sessionstore is enabled [Win]
  • 385245 [Firefox:Places] – history sidebar very slow (way slower than fx2) [All]
  • 386343 [Firefox:General] – Breakpad doesn’t work [Win]
  • 388209 [Firefox:Places] – bookmarks menu dnd indicator not visible if I want to drop an item before a separator [Win]
  • 400075 [Core: ImageLib] – long delays painting the app when it’s brought to the foreground. [Win]
  • 402348 [Firefox: Tabbed Browser] – popup statusbar notification switches to incorrect tab when tab closed [All]
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    2007 November Browsers Market Share Results

    By | December 13, 2007 | 2 Comments

    2007 November Browsers Market Share ResultsBit late, but we have to do that anyway, November web browsers market share (see October stats here).

    As for November, Internet Explorer continues to lose its market share, this time it felt from 78.36% to 77.35% (1.01% decrease). Well… Still a leader.

    Not a big surprise, Firefox hits 15% and even reaches a total of 16.01%, that’s a nice gain, from 14.97% to 16.01% (1.04% increase).

    Safari lost some market share on October; however, they’ve got a nice increase this month, from 5.09% to 5.14% (0.05% increase).

    According to HitsLinks, Opera increased its market share as well. This time by 0.07%, and moved from 0.58% to 0.65%. However, they had almost 1% last month. Something is wrong with their data I guess. Oh well…

    Bad days for Netscape, it continues to lose its market share, this time Netscape market share felt from 0.66% to 0.60% (0.06% decrease).

    No idea why, but HitsLink shows wrong data at this moment, says 0.03% market share for Opera Mini, while it should be 0.66% or so…

    Here’s a graph of current browsers market share. Thanks to HitsLink.

    2007 November Browsers Market Share Results

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    Firefox 2.0.0.10 Portable Edition Released

    By | November 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 2.0.0.10 Portable Edition

    Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition is the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser bundled with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your bookmarks, extensions and saved passwords with you.

    Check “Firefox 2.0.0.10 Is Here” topic for the changelog.

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    Firefox 2.0.0.10 Is Here

    By | November 28, 2007 | 2 Comments

    Firefox 2.0.0.10Firefox 2.0.0.10 is now released and fixes a total of 3 security vulnerabilities.

  • MFSA 2007-39 – Referer-spoofing via window.location race condition
  • Gregory Fleischer demonstrated that it was possible to generate a fake HTTP Referer header by exploiting a timing condition when setting the window.location property. This could be used to conduct a Cross-site Request Forgery (CSRF) attack against websites that rely only on the Referer header as protection against such attacks… Read more

  • MFSA 2007-38 – Memory corruption vulnerabilities (rv:1.8.1.10)
  • MFSA 2007-37 – jar: URI scheme XSS hazard
  • The jar: URI scheme was introduced as a mechanism to support digitally signed web pages, enabling web sites to load pages packaged in zip archives containing signatures in java-archive format.
    Jesse Ruderman and Petko D. Petkov point out this means that sites that allow users to upload binary content in zip format are effectively allowing users to install web pages on their site, and these can be used to perform Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks… Read more

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    SpreadFirefox.com (Spread Firefox) Gets a Face Lift

    By | November 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

    More news about web pages design. Seems both, Mozilla and Opera are preparing for their new web browsers launch.

    If you haven’t seen yet; check the brand new SpreadFirefox.com web page design. Looks cool, doesn’t it?

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    First Look at New Firefox Product Page Design

    By | November 21, 2007 | 2 Comments

    With the upcoming Firefox 3 release, Mozilla team is currently working on a new Mozilla.org web page look. Its landing page should be finished somewhere in December, as for now, here’s a first look to Firefox product page on which they are still working.

    Current one

    New one (not finished yet)
    Mozilla.org v2
    Click on the Picture to Enlarge.

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    Firefox 2.0.0.10 Soon to Come

    By | November 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 2.0.0.10While Firefox team is working on Firefox 3, we will receive one more update from Firefox 2 series. While you are waiting for it, feel free to download Firefox 2.0.0.10 RC (not final) release from here and try it.

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    Firefox 3 Beta 1 Released

    By | November 20, 2007 | 2 Comments

    Firefox 3 Beta 1It’s finally here, the long awaited Firefox 3 Beta release from Mozilla’s Firefox team. Firefox 3 Beta 1 introduces some new features such as malware protection, auto add-ons or plugins versions checks for easy update as well as lots of improvements like new download manager or plugins management. What you should also expect from this, Firefox 3 Beta 1 release is performance. As it says in release notes, more than 300 individual memory leaks have been plugged. One of the facts in their release notes page really makes a god impression. Here it is:

    Firefox 3 Beta 1 is based on the new Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 27 months and includes nearly 2 million lines of code changes, fixing more than 11,000 issues.

    That just sounds nice.

    Enough of chit chat, let’s see the changelog in full.

    More Security

  • One click site info: Click the site favicon in the location bar to see who owns the site. Identity verification is prominently displayed and easier to understand. In later versions, Extended Validation SSL certificate information will be displayed.
  • Malware Protection: malware protection warns users when they arrive at sites which are known to install viruses, spyware, trojans or other malware. You can test it here (note: our blacklist of malware sites is not yet activated).
  • New Web Forgery Protection page: the content of pages suspected as web forgeries is no longer shown. You can test it here.
  • New SSL error pages: clearer and stricter error pages are used when Firefox encounters an invalid SSL certificate.
  • Add-ons and Plugin version check: Firefox now automatically checks add-on and plugin versions and will disable older, insecure versions.
  • Secure add-on updates: to improve add-on update security, add-ons that provide updates in an insecure manner will be disabled.
  • Anti-virus integration: Firefox will inform anti-virus software when downloading executables.
  • Vista Parental Controls: Firefox now respects the Vista system-wide parental control setting for disabling file downloads.
  • Easier to Use

  • Easier password management: an information bar replaces the old password dialog so you can now save passwords after a successful login.
  • Simplified add-on installation: the add-ons whitelist has been removed making it possible to install extensions from third-party sites in fewer clicks.
  • New Download Manager: the revised download manager makes it much easier to locate downloaded files.
  • Resumable downloading: users can now resume downloads after restarting the browser or resetting your network connection.
  • Full page zoom: from the View menu and via keyboard shortcuts, the new zooming feature lets you zoom in and out of entire pages, scaling the layout, text and images.
  • Tab scrolling and quickmenu: tabs are easier to locate with the new tab scrolling and tab quickmenu.
  • Save what you were doing: Firefox will prompt users to save tabs on exit.
  • Optimized Open in Tabs behavior: opening a folder of bookmarks in tabs now appends the new tabs rather than overwriting.
  • Location and Search bar size can now be customized with a simple resizer item.
  • Text selection improvements: Multiple text selections can be made with Ctrl/Cmd; Double-click drag selects in “word-by-word” mode; Triple-clicking selects a paragraph.
  • Find toolbar: the Find toolbar now opens with the current selection.
  • Plugin management: users can disable individual plugins in the Add-on Manager.
  • Integration with Vista: Firefox’s menus now display using Vista’s native theme.
  • Integration with the Mac: Firefox now uses the OS X spellchecker and supports Growl for notifications of completed downloads and available updates.
  • More Personal

  • Star button: quickly add bookmarks from the location bar with a single click; a second click lets you file and tag them.
  • Tags: associate keywords with your bookmarks to sort them by topic.
  • Location bar & auto-complete: type the title or tag of a page in the location bar to quickly find the site you were looking for in your history; favicons, bookmark, and tag indicators help you see where results are coming from.
  • Smart Places Folder: quickly access your recently bookmarked and tagged pages, as well as you more frequently visited pages with the new smart places folder on your bookmark toolbar.
  • Bookmarks and History Organizer: advanced search of your history and bookmarks with multiple views and smart folders to store your frequent searches.
  • Web-based protocol handlers: web applications, such as your favorite webmail provider, can now be used instead of desktop applications for handling mailto: links from other sites. Similar support is available for other protocols (Web applications will have to first enable this by registering as handlers with Firefox).
  • Easy to use Download Actions: a new Applications preferences pane provides a better UI for configuring handlers for various file types and protocol schemes.
  • Improved Platform for Developers

  • New graphics and font handling: new graphics and text rendering architectures in Gecko 1.9 provides rendering improvements in CSS, SVG as well as improved display of fonts with ligatures and complex scripts.
  • Native Web page forms: HTML forms on Web pages now have a native look and feel on Mac OS X and Linux (Gnome) desktops.
  • Color management: (set gfx.color_management.enabled on in about:config and restart the browser to enable.) Firefox can now adjust images with embedded color profiles.
  • Offline support: enables web applications to provide offline functionality (website authors must add support for offline browsing to their site for this feature to be available to users).
  • A more complete overview of Firefox 3 for developers is available for website and add-on developers.
  • Improved Performance

  • Reliability: A user’s bookmarks, history, cookies, and preferences are now stored in a transactionally secure database format which will prevent data loss even if their system crashes.
  • Speed: Major architectural changes (such as the move to Cairo and a rewrite to how reflowing a page layout works) put foundations in place for major performance tuning which have resulted in speed increases in Beta 1, and will show further gains in future Beta releases.
  • Memory usage: Over 300 individual memory leaks have been plugged, and a new XPCOM cycle collector completely eliminates many more. Developers are continuing to work on optimizing memory use (by releasing cached objects more quickly) and reducing fragmentation.
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