Category: Firefox

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.
  • Download Firefox 3 Beta 1.

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    Operation Firefox Doing Really Well

    By | November 15, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Operation FirefoxI enjoy reading about various contests from Mozilla. They do know how to promote their products, original idea and great prizes to attract as many people as possible.

    One of those contests is “Operation Firefox“.

    After 3200 submissions, 50 Firefox agents were chosen. What they have to do now is to place the giant Firefox stickers in any visible places (where it is allowed) around the world until December 3rd.

    If you have noticed any huge Firefox logos already, take a picture of them (if possible) and send me over, would be more than happy to post them here.

    Isn’t that a great idea?

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    Mozilla Corp – Non Profit Organization?

    By | November 13, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Mozilla CorporationSome time ago I’ve posted about Mozilla’s Finances for the year 2007. It seems that “The New York Times” got something to say about Mozilla Corporation and Google as well.

    Click here to read the article.

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    Firefox 3 Pre-Milestone 9 (Beta?) 2007 11 11 Released

    By | November 11, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 3 BetaFirefox 3 Beta will be released very soon and they are working on it, as for now, one more nightly build from Firefox team (2007 11 11) which is just one more step towards Firefox 3 Beta.

    Fixed:

  • None
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming:

  • #400774 BACKOUT [Core: Event Handling]- Crash: typing accesskey for xul:label when control element isn’t a xul element [All]
  • #312010 [Firefox:Software Update]- possible to start firefox when the “Software Update” dialog is running [Win]
  • #392873 [Core:General]- crash in nsExpirationTracker nsSHEntry: :RemoveObject [Win]
  • #400057 [Core:MathML]- “ASSERTION: Frame is not in the block” with xul and mathml [Mac]
  • #401741 [mozilla.org:Build & Release]- Version/config bump up for Gecko 1.9b1 [All]
  • #401949 [Firefox:General]- Bug 395248 caused a Txul regression on Linux [Lin]
  • #402198 [Core:Layout: Form Controls]- Crash [@ nsHTML Select Element: :PreHandle Event] with shift-tabbing bunch of selects and stuff and setting display: none [All]
  • #403040 [Firefox:Places]-Places killed all my history >2 days ago [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]
  • #401075 [Firefox:Places]- livebookmark folder favicon is replaced by default folder favicon [Win]
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    2007 October Browsers Market Share Results

    By | November 5, 2007 | 1 Comment

    2007 October Browsers Market Share ResultsNew month and new market share results. You may check September results here.

    Let’s begin with Internet Explorer. This month it slightly gained 0.01% of the market share and reached 77.87% from 77.86%.

    Firefox lost some market share this month and felt from 14.88% to 14.85% (0.03% decrease).

    Not so good month for Safari as well. As Firefox, it lost some market share too, from 5.07% to 5.05% (0.02% decrease).

    During the previous 4 months, Opera was losing market share all the time. However, this time they have nicely increased it, from 0.87% to 0.99% (0.12% increase).

    Netscape had a huge drop in October, its market share felt from 0.72% to 0.64% (0.08% decrease).

    Opera Mini market share gets stronger with every month, this time it increased it from 0.39% to 0.41% (0.02% increase).

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

    Market Share 2007 October

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    Firefox 3 Pre-Milestone 9 (Alpha 9?) 2007 11 05 Released

    By | November 5, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 3 Pre Milestone 9 (Alpha 9)One more Firefox 3 Alpha nightly build for you from Firefox team. Firefox 3 Pre Milestone 9, 2007 11 05.

    Fixed:

  • #332748 [Firefox:Places]- Figure out how much history we can show by default (browser. history_ expire_days now set to 180 days) [All]
  • #402379 [Core:XPConnect]- Crash with Venkman profiling [@ JS_IsSystemObject] [All]
  • #402404 [Core:DOM]- Cycle collector crash on shutdown with setUserData [All]
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming:

  • #402422 [Core:XSLT]- XPathResult crashes when holding nodeset and accessing stringValue/ numberValue/ booleanValue [@ nsXPathResult: :GetStringValue] [All]
  • #381795 [Firefox:Places]- places indexes need review [All]
  • #401949 [Firefox:General]- Bug 395248 caused a Txul regression on Linux [Lin]
  • Regressions/Annoying/Common bugs:

  • #333965 [Firefox:Places]- Places’ search feature hangs [Win]
  • #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]
  • #394079 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]- Location bar autocomplete hangs after first character is typed; regardless of speed of character input [Win]
  • #394910 [Firefox:Download Manager]- The download always goes to browser.download.lastDir when browser. download.use DownloadDir is false [Win]
  • #398085 [Core:JavaScript Engine]-Crash on Load [@ js_Interpret] [All]
  • #400075 [Core:ImageLib]- long delays painting the app when it’s brought to the foreground. [Win]
  • #401075 [Firefox:Places]- livebookmark folder favicon is replaced by default folder favicon [Win]
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    Firefox 2.0.0.9 Released

    By | November 4, 2007 | 1 Comment

    Firefox 2.0.0.9Not so long time ago Firefox 2.0.0.8 was released with lots of fixes, however, after 2.0.0.8 there were few new issues which had to be fixed, and Firefox 2.0.0.9 did that. Here’s the changelog for it.

  • Bug 400406 – Firefox will ignore the “clear” CSS property when used beneath a box that is using the “float” property. There is a temporary workaround JS/CSS code available for web developers with affected layouts.
  • Bug 400467 – Windows Vista users will get “Java not found” or “Java not working” errors when trying to load Java applets after updating. To fix this, users can right-click the Firefox icon and “Run as administrator”, then browse to a page with a Java applet — doing this once will fix the problem and permanently restore Java functionality.
  • Bug 396695 – Add-ons are disabled after updating. Users can fix this problem by opening their profile folder and removing three files (extensions.rdf, extensions.ini and extensions.cache)
  • Bug 400421 – Removing a single area element from an image map will cause the entire map to disappear. There is no workaround available at this time.
  • Bug 400735 – Some Windows users may experience crashes at startup. There is no workaround available at this time.
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    Firefox 3 Pre-Milestone 9 (Alpha 9?) 2007 10 26 Released

    By | October 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 3 Alpha 9Everyone is polishing their web browser and Firefox team is not an exception. They have just finished new Firefox 3 nightly build. Please not that this is not a final version, use it on your own risk. Changelog? Here it is.

    Fixed:

  • #362549 [Core:GFX: Thebes]-[Mac][Cairo] Tab content bleeds into loading tabs [Mac]
  • #382358 [Firefox:Places]-move places properties back into localizable location before betas [All]
  • #384112 [Core:Widget: Gtk]–moz-appearance: menulist-button broken in GTK [Lin]
  • #389628 [Firefox:General]-Implement UI for full page zoom [All]
  • #399128 [Core:Disability Access APIs]-Events (still) missing for collapsed XUL combo boxes. [Lin]
  • #395144 [Firefox:Download Manager]-Figure out what to do when we are supposed to open an application with download resume [All]
  • #397266 [Core:Disability Access APIs]-Crash on multitab dialog pages when JAWS is running. [Win]
  • #397293 [Core:XP Toolkit/Widgets: XUL]-Crash [@ CGBitmapContextCreateImage] with xul, opacity [Mac]
  • #398886 [Firefox:Password Manager]-resetting a master password does not clear existing password manager logins [Win]
  • #399815 [Firefox:Download Manager]-Store autoResume in moz_downloads table to indicate if a download should auto-resume [All]
  • #399858 [Core:Disability Access APIs]-Crash [@ no stack] with label, input type=image [All]
  • #400025 [Core:SVG]-SVG stroke on text is rendered on… something else [Win]
  • #400619 [Core:Plug-ins]-NPRuntime-based plugins can’t query DOM immediately after NPP_SetWindow [Win]
  • #400751 [Firefox:Password Manager]-Migrating from an existing SeaMonkey installation causes errors in password manager due to old style encyption [Lin]
  • #400809 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]-remove unneeded/unused parts from the urlbar binding [All]
  • #400892 [Firefox:Password Manager]-Saving form passwords broken when info bars are not available. [Lin]
  • #400759 [Core:Security: PSM]-PSM should build with NSS size optimization [All]
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming:

  • #321402 [Core:Layout: Block and Inline]-bug 320502 caused text/inlines inside XUL boxes (often -moz-inline-box) to disappear (Folder view does not display header info in Domino Web Mail (inotes)) [All]
  • #389366 [Core:Layout: Canvas]-Canvas’s .getImageData is returning premultiplied alpha pixels [All]
  • #396695 [Firefox:Extension/Theme Manager]-add-ons go into “needs to restart” loop commonly after a firefox update [Win]
  • #399476 [Firefox:Places]-bug #387996 caused Txul and Ts regressions [All]
  • #399706 [Core:Security: PSM]-glibc detected: free(): invalid pointer attempting to select cert [Lin]
  • #399838 [Firefox:Download Manager]-Automatically init (not open) the download manager when starting the app [All]
  • Regressions/Annoying/Common bugs:

  • #333965 [Firefox:Places]-Places’ search feature hangs [Win]
  • #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]
  • #394079 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]-Location bar autocomplete hangs after first character is typed; regardless of speed of character input [Win]
  • #394910 [Firefox:Download Manager]-The download always goes to browser.download.lastDir when browser. download. use DownloadDir is false [Win]
  • #398085 [Core:JavaScript Engine]-Crash on Load [@ js_Interpret] [All]
  • #400075 [Core:ImageLib]-long delays painting the app when it’s brought to the foreground. [Win]
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    Firefox 2.0.0.8 Released

    By | October 19, 2007 | 4 Comments

    Firefox 2.0.0.8New Firefox version is now available to download. Firefox 2.0.0.8 supports a few more languages and includes security as well as other fixes. Here’s the changelog.

  • MFSA 2007-36 URIs with invalid %-encoding mishandled by Windows
  • MFSA 2007-35 XPCNativeWrapper pollution using Script object
  • MFSA 2007-34 Possible file stealing through sftp protocol
  • MFSA 2007-33 XUL pages can hide the window titlebar
  • MFSA 2007-32 File input focus stealing vulnerability
  • MFSA 2007-31 Browser digest authentication request splitting
  • MFSA 2007-30 onUnload Tailgating
  • MFSA 2007-29 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.8.1.8)
  • Added Georgian (ka) language
  • Added Romanian (ro) language
  • Added Kurdish (ku) language (beta)
  • Firefox 2.0.0.8 is almost compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), see known issues for more information.

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    Meebo For Firefox

    By | October 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Meebo for FirefoxWhat is Meebo?

    It’s basically a website for instant messaging on AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ and Jabber networks.

    And here’s why you need this add-on (if you are using Meebo and Firefox or any other Firefox based browser).

    Get a sidebar with all of your buddies visible while you’re browsing. Get visual notifications when your friends IM you. Drag and drop links and images from web pages right onto your friends.

    Download Meebo for Firefox.

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