Category: Mozilla

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]

Channel Switcher Dropped From Firefox

By | June 9, 2011 | 5 Comments

Channel Switcher Dropped From Firefox

Going by what Mozilla has to say, the channel switcher will be removed from Firefox. Why? While the channel switcher seemed like a good idea at first, it was only really useful as a springboard it appears. This conclusion came to light due to the fact that the feature was rarely utilized once users made the switch to a particular channel.

As it turns out, users of Firefox are much more interested in running different versions of the browser alongside each other, and so Mozilla has declared that its efforts are best directed elsewhere. You will still be able to switch back and forth between the Aurora and Beta channels, of course. Simply visit the Future of Firefox page to obtain them.

Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, May 30th

By | May 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, May 30th

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Firefox Gets about:permissions For More Privacy Control

By | May 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Firefox Gets about:permissions For More Privacy ControlThe nightly builds of Firefox have received a new tool in the form of about:permissions. Typing about:permissions into the address bar welcomes one with a dashboard that lets you configure cookies, geolocation, pop ups, password keeping, and offline storage access on a per site basis.

If passwords have previously been set for a specific site, about:permissions will permit the viewing and removal of these passwords. One can also administer and get rid of cookies that sites have cached on the system or forget a site completely, eradicating it from Firefox’s memory.
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Google And Mozilla Start Debate Over Address Bar

By | May 24, 2011 | 12 Comments

Google And Mozilla Start Debate Over Address Bar

With Google allowing users to hide the address bar in canary builds of Chrome 13, Mozilla has decided to release the LessChrome HD extension which pretty much does the same thing. This has seemingly sparked a bit of a debate in the browser industry, as the address bar has always been an integral part of the web browser.
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Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, May 23rd

By | May 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, May 23rd

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Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, May 16th

By | May 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, May 16th

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Firefox 3.5 To Be Killed Off Soon

By | May 16, 2011 | 7 Comments

Firefox 3.5 To Be Killed Off SoonFirefox 3.5, currently boasting 12 million users according to Mozilla, will be updated to a newer version next month through an automatic upgrade. Makes sense that Mozilla wants to upgrade its users, for Firefox 3.5 received its last security patch approximately three weeks ago.

Mozilla started offering an upgrade to Firefox 4 to people running Firefox 3.5 and Firefox 3.6 last week. According to Christian Legnitto, the Firefox release manager, Mozilla will force 3.6 on 3.5 stragglers not choosing to update to Firefox 4 or 3.6. However, Legnitto later said that his choice of the word “force” was poor, and noted that only Firefox 3.5 users who had left the default automatic updates setting enabled would be moved to Firefox 3.6 automatically.
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Firefox about:config Preferences Explained

By | May 15, 2011 | 7 Comments

Firefox - What's That Preference?Remember How To Save And Quit In Firefox 4 and How To Activate Autocomplete In Firefox 4? Neat, little instructions, no? You did notice all the other options that were available when browsing the about:config page in Firefox but don’t have a clue with regards to what they do, right? Neither do I! Firefox is full of customization options you won’t find in your browser options screens but it’s not always easy to know what effect changing an about:config setting will have on your browser.
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Firefox 4 Market Share Increases 30% After Upgrade Offer

By | May 15, 2011 | 8 Comments

Firefox 4 Market Share Increases 30% After Upgrade OfferFirefox 4′s market share went up by 11% after Mozilla initiated the upgrade offer last week. That was only on the first day, however, for the browser managed 30% market share growth in the four days since the offer began. This prompted Mozilla’s community coordinator for Firefox marketing Asa Dotzler to compare the gains of Firefox and Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) as both of the browsers launched in March of this year.

IE9 will never catch up to Firefox. It will be a year or two before Microsoft can move the bulk of their IE7 and IE8 users forward.

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