Mozilla released a list of the top ten Firefox extensions that slow down the browser’s startup time. The worst offender, decreasing Firefox startup time by an immense 74%, was FoxLingo.
Mozilla has likely taken this step to ensure that its browser remains speedy even with the inclusion of extensions in the hope of staying competitive.
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According to Microsoft at least.
The Redmond firm proudly declared that IE9 had managed 2.3 million downloads a day after the browser’s release (14th of March), but is obviously feeling the heat with Firefox’s 4 more spectacular numbers.
Ryan Gavin, senior director of IE marketing, had the following to say:
With Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4, and Chrome 10 all hitting their final releases recently, drawing instant comparisons around downloads or initial usage is a natural temptation, but unfortunately you can’t do it quite yet.
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Attackers utilized genuine passwords and usernames to get a hold of nine SSL certificates on the 15th of March via a Comodo certificate reseller. What SSL certificates do is basically prove the authenticity of a site. The log-on websites affected were Yahoo Mail, Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Hotmail, Skype, as well as Mozilla’s Firefox extension website.
Comodo revoked the certificates and brought the matter to the attention of Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft between the 15th and the 23rd of March. The breach of its reseller and the theft of the SSL certificates were announced on the 23rd of this month.
You have probably already heard of Mozilla’s Are WeFastYet web site which keeps tracking the performance of web browser engines. Turns out, this site is not the only one.
Just last week, Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 9 has been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours.
Well, it looks like Mozilla has doubled the numbers with 5 million Firefox 4 downloads in the same time period and has now passed 7 million downloads mark.
Firefox 3 on the other hand did even better and was downloaded more than 8 million times.
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Johnathan Nightingale, Mozilla’s director of Firefox web browser has criticized Microsoft for abandoning a 10 year old Windows XP operating system and releasing IE9 for Windows 7/Vista only.
For me, the most interesting thing is not the quibbling about what browser [boasts] full hardware acceleration. What surprises me the most is that acceleration is not available for Windows XP.
Firefox 4 was originally slated for November of 2010, but after a dozen betas, the 22nd of March may be the final release date. That is the new release date stated by Mozilla anyway.
The current release candidate was labeled as good enough to ship as the final product on Wednesday by Mozilla developers. This contrasts with what Mozilla has done in the past, namely ship multiple release candidates until finally determining the shipping code. Firefox 3.6, for example, had two release candidates issued by Mozilla before reaching its audience more than a year ago.