While press screams doom and gloom for Firefox, here’s a real explanation.
Not so long time ago developers behind Palemoon, a web browser based on Firefox’s Gecko rendering engine, have announced that they will be switching away from Mozilla’s to their own rendering engine called Goanna.
Now, before you start thinking about the PR disaster for Mozilla, it does not take rocket science to figure out that nothing actually changes. How so? Here’s a story in 60 seconds or less:
Promises to ship fixes to users in minutes.
With Microsoft finishing Windows 10 later this week and releasing it globally at the end of this month, it looks like Mozilla is too working hard on a Windows 10 specific version of Firefox, which (according to them) is coming out soon.
What is more interesting however is the fact that the company has decided to abandon its “18-week development” plan and instead, focus on shortening the time it takes for new Firefox features to reach the users. On a message board, Mozilla’s Dave Camp has stated that “today [code deployment] isn’t done on an 18-week cycle. We think there are big wins to be had in shortening the time that new features reaches users. Critical fixes should ship to users in minutes, not days.”
Will co-develop a new binary format.
It’s nice to see tech giants that are usually competing with one another coming together to work on something that will benefit users all over the globe. The most recent example comes from a new announcement, which details the forthcoming partnership between Mozilla, Microsoft, WebKit engineers and others.
Will pay you $10,000+ for mind boggling exploits.
If you want to get rich quick and have some deep understanding on how web browsers work and more importantly, how to exploit them, then good news as Mozilla has just announced that they too will be paying money for discovering various security vulnerabilities.
As a result, updated Client Bug Bounty Program will reward anyone if they create or report a:
As well as future v2.2 updates.
It looks like Mozilla’s plan to conquer the world with a $25 Firefox OS smartphone did not exactly went as planned. According to the recently revealed internal email that was sent by the Chris Beard himself (the CEO of Mozilla), the open source organization has failed to gain any sufficient traction to justify the further significant investments as far as the ultra-low cost smartphone program goes.
“We have not seen sufficient traction for a $25 phone, and we will not pursue all parts of the program. We will focus on efforts that provide a better user experience, rather than focusing on cost alone.”
It looks like Firefox just set itself on fire.
When your market share keeps decreasing month over month, what can you do in order to win back at least some of the lost users? Useful new features? Performance improvements? User interface tweaks? If you have answered to any of these questions “yes” then you are wrong, at least according to Mozilla’s management.
We are not exactly sure what are they thinking but for some reason they have decided that the best way to improve Firefox users experience (or try to squeeze as much money as possible before the browser’s market share drops to single digits (which is already at 11.70% compared to 17.26% a year ago) is to show you ads!
The keyword here is “reached” not “is at”.
If you want to learn more on how exactly did the new deal (where Yahoo! became a default search engine on Firefox) affected one of the news leaders in the US then look no further than at the recently published financial results by Yahoo!
According to the report, its search volume has reached “a five-year high” with them saying that “the partnership between Yahoo and Mozilla was key to this volume increase”.
However, while Yahoo! search volume did reach a peak, it was unable to sustain it as according to the latest market share data, last month alone the company lost 0.2 points of the US market share, down from 13% to 12.8%
No full backwards compatibility for you.
As Mozilla Foundation announced the availability of original WebGL (which was based on OpenGL ES 2.0) back in 2011 and then a 1.0.2 update two years later, the development has shifted to WebGL 2 (2013) and now it looks like all companies involved are ready to share some of the progress they have made in the last year or so.
So what exactly does the WebGL 2 have to offer? According to the recently revealed preview, the new graphics library is now based on the OpenGL ES 3.0 API and aims to raise many restrictions that were present in WebGL 1 (such as ability to use more render textures at the same time), developer controlled access to antialiasing, multiple render targets and other goodies.
Now here’s something for all you conspiracy theorists out there.
As you might remember, Mozilla and Google did not sign a new agreement and Yahoo! became a default search engine on Firefox, which also resulted in a pretty healthy market share increase for the third largest search engine in the US.
Now, it looks like Mozilla was not accepted to Google’s Summer of Code 2015 event; and before you grab your pitchforks and head over to the search giant’s headquarters, we should note that there are fewer organizations on the accepted list (190 in 2014 compared to 137 this year), including Linux Foundation, Tor, etc.
If you have bought a Lenovo laptop this or last year and haven’t heard yet, one of the most successful PC makers has been caught installing adware on a number of machines with reports starting from mid-2014.
Basically, a software called Superfish is injecting third party ads on Google searches. Not only that, it also injects its own certificate, allowing to snoop on secure connections and decrypt them. Just take a look at this screenshot: