Not exactly “Web Browsers” related post. Some exciting news today. See Mozilla’s Press Release.
Mozilla today announced a new initiative to stimulate innovation in Internet mail and communications. Mozilla plans to develop Internet communications software based on the Thunderbird product, code and brand. The new initiative also aims to nurture a robust developer ecosystem in order to drive improvements through open source and community innovation, in the tradition of the Firefox web browser…
Mozilla will provide US$3 million seed funding to establish this new company.
The goals for the new company are:
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“Ten Fuc*ing Days”. That’s what Mozilla said.
That’s right, they’ve said that they can release any critical patch within 10 days or faster. Firefox 184.108.40.206 was released even faster than 10 days (after security flaws were discovered). So they are not just using some tricks (or do they?), it’s already proven, we will see how fast they will release next one.
In my point of view, before using such statements they should also fix other security vulnerabilities. Even if they are not the most critical ones.
Unpatched 43% (6 of 14 Secunia advisories)
Most Critical Unpatched
Secunia Security Stats.
Sorry for not writing anything interested in a past few days, I was in some kind of not planned vacation. Anyways, time for the news.
Mozilla team updated us by providing more details about IronMonkey and ScreamingMonkey. Here are some quotes from their post.
ScreamingMonkey is the effort, being led by Mark Hammond, to allow the Tamarin engine to run within non-Mozilla browsers, starting with Internet Explorer.
That’s a brief, here’s a full story to read (if you want to).
Get ready. Air Mozilla goes live today again.
This week’s show will feature several guests from the Mozilla community including Bret Reckard with Mozilla recruiting, JT Batson for Firefox Support, and Seth Bindernagel with the Community Empowerment program. We’ll finish off the show with the broadcast of Mitchell Baker’s OCSON presentation.
Who: The Mozilla community, host Asa Dotzler, and special guests Bret Reckard, JT Batson, and Seth Bindernagel.
When: Wednesday, August 1, from 15:00:00 – 16:00:00 PDT (UTC -7.)
Where: View the webcast at air.mozilla.com and participate on IRC, IM, or email.
* IRC: join the discussion on irc.mozilla.org #airmozilla
* IM: instant message your questions to the AIM/YIM/GTalk screenname airmozilla.
* email: send in your questions before and during the show to airmozilla -at- mozilla -dot- com.
Finally, some new version of web browser, as I was geting bored.
Firefox 220.127.116.11 fixes the following security issues:
- Unescaped URIs passed to external programs
- Privilege escalation through chrome-loaded about:blank windows
Every web browser update is important and I strongly advice you to update your Firefox to the newest one. If you can increase your security level for free, why not to do that?
ActionMonkey is the code-name for the project to integrate Tamarin and SpiderMonkey as part of Mozilla 2.
Stage 0 of this project is underway. What they are going to do now is to replace SpiderMonkey’s GC (jsgc) with Tamarin’s GC (MMgc).
Their new efforts will boost performance for sure and I am waiting for more news from ActionMonkey blog.
Seems everyone loves mobile market now. More and more money are being spent for mobile applications development and advertising.
Now… Before telling that Opera Mini or Opera Mobile is the best please continue reading. It might be the best for any other phone, but when mobile browser is being developed for only one or two models it actually gives you more freedom, developers can integrate more features and make it as much powerful as possible (depends on the phone).
So what we have here is a Mozilla based browser for Nokia N800. Meet the “Maemo”.
Here are some interesting quotes about it.
Sharing the same key components than Firefox, this new browser engine has the capability to deliver advanced web technologies inside a pocketable form factor. The newest internet services will function on the Nokia N800, thanks to best-of-breed open standards support including full-AJAX, and integrated Adobe Flash 9. This also allows the creation of add-on’s to personalize the browsing experience.
After installation the Mozilla based browser engine will be set as default. The user interface of the open browser engine and the official Opera browser is the same, you will notice the difference in the functionality and behavior. Users can switch back to the official Opera browser through the “Advanced” option in the browser application menu. You can also deinstall the open browser from Application Manager at any time, without loosing bookmarks or other settings made for Opera.
Yes, this browser supports full AJAX, RSS feeds and much more.
See more details here.
Recently Mozilla modified their Firefox 3 roadmap and announced Firefox 3 Alpha 7 instead of Firefox 3 Beta 1.
According to Mozilla, next Firefox 3 release isn’t ready to call itself a “beta”, they want to deliver a product, which is stable and much better, it doesn’t matter if it can take more time than planned. I guess that’s good, we want finished and polished releases, not just a big peace of bugs.
Firefox 3 Alpha 7 should contain anti-malware, finished offline api’s and secure wrappers. If there won’t be any delays for Firefox 3 Alpha 7, it will be released on July 31st.
Firefox 3 Milestone 8 will be available in the middle of September.
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