Category: Mozilla

Weekly Browsers Recap, July 4th

By | July 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, July 4th

[Thanks, Sebastian]

Weekly Browsers Recap, June 27th

By | June 27, 2011 | 2 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, June 27th

[Thanks, FForever]

Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Furor

By | June 24, 2011 | 11 Comments

Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 FurorThe retirement of Firefox 4 isn’t sitting well with corporate IT and a Microsoft executive made sure to capitalize upon the situation by pleading the case for Internet Explorer in the enterprise yesterday.

I think I speak for everyone on the IE team when I say we’d like the opportunity to win back your business. We’ve got a great solution for corporate customers with both IE8 and IE9, and believe we could help you address the challenges you’re currently facing. - Ari Bixhorn, director of IE at Microsoft

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Enterprise IT Unhappy With Firefox 4′s Retirement

By | June 24, 2011 | 3 Comments

Enterprise IT Unhappy With Firefox 4's RetirementSeveral corporate IT managers have displayed discomfort with Mozilla’s decision to deliver new editions of Firefox every six weeks with its new rapid release program. This discomfort centers around the retirement of Firefox 4 from security support as well as their inability to test any new version beforehand.

The Firefox 4 EOL (End of Live) is a kick in the stomach. I’m now in the terrible position of choosing to deploy a Firefox 4 release with potentially unpatched vulnerabilities, reset the test cycle for thousands of internal apps to validate Firefox 5 or stay on a patched Firefox 3.6.x. - John Walicki of IBM

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How Many Firefox Users Install Extensions?

By | June 24, 2011 | 4 Comments

How Many Firefox Users Install Extensions?

Recently, Mozilla has revealed some of the Firefox add-on installation statistics for curious people to check out.

According to the blog post, an incredible 85% of Firefox 4 users have add-ons installed, excluding Personas or other extensions that are bundled with other software packages aka forced installations. Mozilla has also stated that due to upgrades, the number varies but managed to stay at 85-89%.

To put it into perspective: more than 60 million Firefox users use add-ons every day with the average of 5 add-ons per web browser install.

[Thanks fforever, Ichan]

Microsoft Sends Cake To Mozilla

By | June 23, 2011 | 7 Comments

The cake is not a lie.

With the release of Firefox 5, Microsoft’s IE team has decided to spoil Mozilla with a sweet surprise and sent them a cake.

As Firefox release cycle picks up the phase, we are wondering if the software giant will continue its delicious tradition.
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No More Security Updates For Firefox 4

By | June 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

No More Security Updates For Firefox 4Along with the release of Firefox 5 on Tuesday, Mozilla showed off the vulnerabilities that had been patched in that version of Firefox as well as in 2010′s Firefox 3.6, making no mention of any bugs fixed in Firefox 4, however. The reason for this is that Firefox 4 has reached its EOL, short for End of Life, with regard to vulnerability patches according to Mozilla.
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Chrome Almost Replaced Firefox In Ubuntu

By | June 14, 2011 | 7 Comments

Chrome Almost Replaced Firefox In UbuntuGoing by what Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, has to say, his company “looked very closely” at replacing Firefox, the longtime default web browser in Ubuntu, with Chrome this time around.
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Mozilla To Tackle Firefox Memory Leaks

By | June 14, 2011 | 8 Comments

Mozilla To Tackle Firefox Memory LeaksAs FavBrowser recently reported, there are ways to get around memory leaks in Firefox. Nevertheless, the problem appears to be serious enough for Mozilla itself to finally want to get it out of the way.

It’s become increasingly clear over the last several months that we have a pretty pressing need to deal with increases in memory usage in Firefox. Since we released Firefox 4 (and before, too), we’ve seen lots of reports about Firefox memory usage being higher than in older versions, and that Firefox memory usage is growing over time. – Johnny Stenback, a developer who works for Mozilla.

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Mozilla’s Webian Shell To Challenge Chrome OS?

By | June 13, 2011 | 7 Comments

With Chrome OS notebooks already shipping, Firefox has also decided to join the party with the web browser based interface called Webian Shell, which is based on Mozilla Chromeless project.

However, unlike Chrome OS, Webian Shell is not actually an “operating system”. Instead, it was written in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and runs on top of Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.

As this is just an early and experimental release, the upcoming versions are set to incorporate more advanced features, such as: multiple home screens, split screen view, onscreen keyboard for touch based devices and more.

If you would like to try it out, here is a download link.

[Thanks, Blake]