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.
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.
ComputerWeekly reports that European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) group has joined EU and MS case (as complainant).
ECIS group includes large and small companies, such as:
Adobe Systems, Corel Corporation, IBM, Linspire, Nokia, Opera Software, Oracle Corporation, RealNetworks, Red Hat, and Sun Microsystems
Still no sign of Apple which is developing Safari web browser.
As previously reported, other participants are Google and Mozilla.
In the recent ReadWriteWeb interview, Richard MacManus spoke with Mozilla’s Chris Beard on Firefox vision, its mobile web browser Fennec and Google Chrome.
You may read the article here.
“Wish you could play Crysis in your Web browser? Two influential organizations are banding together to try to bring accelerated 3D graphics to the Web, a move that eventually could improve online games and other Web applications.
The Web is gradually becoming a better foundation for applications with splashy, sophisticated interfaces, but 3D graphics on the Web remain primitive. Now, though, Mozilla, the group behind the Firefox browser, and Khronos, the consortium that oversees the widely used OpenGL graphics interface technology, are trying to jointly create a standard for accelerated 3D graphics on the Web.”
Continue reading at cNET.com
Since the launch of Chrome, relations between Mozilla and Google were affected. And although contract between them expires on 2011, Michael Baker, the CEO of Mozilla considered the possibility of search contract end. As they are not completely sure about Google’s plans to renew it. As the result, they are started to look for alternatives.
Many analysts consider it as a good movement because during Chrome growth, Mozilla will depend on Google Inc. more than Google does on Firefox. Selling default search engine spot in Firefox would be both, beneficial and not. Search giants such as Yahoo or Live would pay much more than Google do. However, how many of Firefox users would actually use a new search provider?
Via alt1040.com (in Spanish)
During 2008 Firefox reported 115 flaws. That’s more than Safari (32), Opera (30) and Internet Explorer (31) combined. However, Firefox fixes the issues way faster than any other company.
The research was made by Secunia. (see pdf)
After being introduced by Opera in the 2007, most of the other web browsers started to release their own modifications of speed dial. For example: Chrome’s Homepage or Safari’s Top Sites.
Firefox labs has decided to implement a speed dial like feature by default. No, not the on similar to Google’s Chrome home pages. Continue Reading