Mozilla has started a new project to make Firefox split in several processes at a time: one running the main user interface (chrome), and another or several others running the web content in each tab. Like Chrome or Internet Explorer 8 which have implemented this behavior to some degree, the main benefit would be the increase of stability: a single tab crash would not take down the whole session with it, as well as performance improvements in multiprocessor systems that are progressively becoming the norm.
Firefox, the browser that is going to to reach 25% market share soon, is being used by more than 270 million people, according to Asa Dotzler, Mozilla’s director of community development.
How were the calculations done?
As he explains: “The best method we’ve come up with is to count the number of security “pings” we get in one day. (Firefox pings a Mozilla server for security changes about once per day) and multiply that active daily users number by three to get active monthly users. (See John’s blog post for more on this.)”
Although data is not 100% accurate, is can still give you an insight on Firefox users count.
After the recent NoScript / AdBlock Plus battle (which is over), Mozilla Extensions Blog has proposed an update to its policy:
“Changes to default home page and search preferences, as well as settings of other installed add-ons, must be related to the core functionality of the add-on. If this relation can be established, you must adhere to the following requirements when making changes to these settings:
- The add-on description must clearly state what changes the add-on makes.
- All changes must be ‘opt-in’, meaning the user must take non-default action to enact the change.
- Uninstalling the add-on restores the user’s original settings if they were changed.
These are minimum requirements and not a guarantee that your add-on will be approved.”
The author of NoScript (Maone) already agreed to these statements and released an update to its extension.
Well, there is not much left to add actually, here is an article from NeoWin
A quiet war has broken out between the authors of AdBlock Plus and NoScript and money is on the table. Both are trying to outdo each other by disabling each other’s functionality.
Or just head over to AdBlock Plus author post: Attention NoScript users.
Google Code Blog today announced that Google’s Location Service became a default location provider in Firefox 3.5 Beta 4.
As the post says: “This means that developers can, with users’ permission, gain access to their approximate location without requiring any additional plug-ins or setting configurations.”
“As a service whose sole purpose is the track the applications that people actually use on their systems, it should be no surprise that Wakoopa has a lot of interesting usage data. On a day to day level, Wakoopa’s data is good, but it’s the aggregate data over long periods of time that can be really meaningful to show how we are using our computers. Today, Wakoopa has released the first such aggregate data with its inaugural State of the Apps report.”
Also not a good sign for Microsoft: The older you are, the more likely you are to use IE. In the youngest age group, 11 to 20 year olds, even smaller browsers like Opera beat it. IE has been losing market share at a steady pace for the past several years.
Long awaited, the next beta of Firefox 3.5 (aka Firefox 3.1) series has been released in 70 languages.
While companies are working on their next-generation web browsers, Betanews has managed to test the performance of the upcoming ones, such as:
Firefox 3.5, Firefox 3.6, Google Chrome, Google Chrome 2, Safari 4, Opera 10. Test also includes Internet Explorer 7 and 8.