Mozilla has released a very first beta of Firefox 3.6 series web browser.
As we mentioned some time earlier, the following version now includes:
Personas support (aka light themes)
WOFF font format support
New CSS, DOM and HTML5 technologies support
Add-ons update notifications
And few other changes
A new version of all-in-one Internet application suite SeaMonkey has been released.
What exactly SeaMonkey is?
It’s a web browser (Firefox platform), Mail and Newsgroups client (Thunderbird platform), HTML Editor, ChatZilla IRC chat application, DOM inspector and a little bit more.
SeaMonkey 2.0 changes:
The following release includes various new features, such as: new add-on manager, session restore, tabbed mail, reworked download manager and lots of other improvements.
Thanks to Nox for news tip.
Today, Mozilla has released security and stability updates for Firefox 3.5 and 3.0 web browser branches.
Firefox 3.5.4 fixes a total of 124 bugs, where 11 of them are security vulnerabilities.
Firefox 3.0.14 now includes 10 security and 15 other fixes.
- Microsoft criticises privacy in Chrome 3.0
- Firefox is Coming to Android
- Mozilla Add-ons now featuring personas
- Introducing Mozilla Raindrop
- Google Chrome Themes Video Uses Some YouTube Magic To Make A Lasting Impression
- Opera Mini Now Serving Over 500 Million Pageviews Per Day
- WebGL Now Available in WebKit Nightlies
- Browser Developer Releases Final Version of Maxthon 2.5.9
Thanks to Nox for links.
Good news today came from Mozilla Foundation, as company announced a support of WOFF (Web Open Font Format) in the upcoming Firefox 3.6 release.
What is it all about?
Unlike TrueType or OpenType formats, it is a compressed format. As a result, downloadable content size will be smaller. Also, it contains specific information which allows people to see where font came from.
Or as BetaNews described:
Its purpose is simply to repackage the same spline data that appears in TrueType and OpenType font files, in a format and with licensing that’s tailored exclusively for use on the Web.
Thanks to Gabana for news tip.
Yesterday Mozilla has released a new extension called “Add-On Compatibility Reporter”. As you might guess, it does report whether installed add-ons work or have some issues with alpha and beta releases.
Here’s what they say about it:
“After installing the Add-on Compatibility Reporter, your incompatible extensions will become enabled for you to test whether they still work with the version of Firefox or Thunderbird that you’re using.”
Recommended for alpha and beta users only.
Download Add-on Compatibility Reporter.
According to Mike Beltzner (Director of Firefox at Mozilla Corporation), the upcoming Firefox 3.6 release will be a “minor update”. At Google groups, he said:
“Firefox 3.6 will be primarily a release with security, stability, speed and capability enhancements, with no visible user interface changes over Firefox 3.5. As such, I think we should consider it as a candidate for a minor update, stretching our definition of what types of updates we can provide using that mechanism,”
Mike states three main factors behind such decision:
- compatibility concerns
- stability and user testing concerns
- logistics and timing concerns
While some users remain confused on why not dub it as 3.5.5, we are more concerned about add-ons and themes compatibility. If Firefox 3.6 is a minor update, it’s still not clear, whether Mozilla will mark Firefox 3.5 extensions as compatible with 3.6, or developers will have to update every single one of them.
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- Mozilla blocklists “Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant” extension
- Leaked ‘Google Chrome OS’ Is Just the Browser
- Opera Desktop Widgets evolved
- Opera Talks: David Storey (SVG, HTML5 and Opera)
- CSS Differences in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
- SeaMonkey 2.0 Release Candidate 1 Released
Thanks to Andrew, Daniel Hendrycks, Gabana and Nox for links!