Category: Mozilla

98% Of Mozilla’s Revenues Come From Search Deals

By | October 14, 2011 | 17 Comments

98% Of Mozilla's Revenues Come From Search DealsAccording to the audited financial statement (download PDF) released Monday, total revenues for 2010 were $121.1 million, up 18.1% from 2009′s $104.3 million.

Revenue growth last year was just over half that of the 34% increase Mozilla touted for 2009. This was the second annual report in a row that Mozilla did not disclose the individual amounts it received from its search partners.

Instead, in a FAQ tied to the report, Mozilla repeated nearly word for word a line it used last year: “The majority of Mozilla’s revenue continues to be generated from the search functionality included in our Mozilla’s Firefox product through all major search partners including Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, Amazon, eBay and others.”
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Mozilla To Prompt Firefox 3.6 Users To Upgrade

By | October 10, 2011 | 5 Comments

Mozilla To Prompt Firefox 3.6 Users To UpgradeMozilla said it will begin to send Firefox 3.6 users an offer that urges them to get on the rapid release train.

It would be the first time it has offered what it calls an “advertised update” or a “major update” to people still running 2010′s Firefox 3.6.

According to Mozilla, the offer does not hint at an impending retirement of the older version.
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Mozilla Urges Users To Disable McAfee Plugin

By | October 5, 2011 | 10 Comments

Firefox Urges Users To Disable McAfee PluginScriptScan ships with McAfee’s VirusScan antivirus program. It’s designed to keep Web surfers safe by scanning for any malicious scripting code that might be running in the browser. According to Mozilla, however, it has an unintended side effect: It can cause Firefox to crash…a lot.

Mozilla said that the extension “causes a high volume of crashes,” and is “strongly encouraging” users to disable the software. The warning applies to all users of version 14.4.0 and below of the plugin.
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Silent Updates Coming To Firefox After All

By | October 4, 2011 | 4 Comments

Silent Updates Coming To Firefox After AllA year after it pulled the plug on silent updates in Firefox 4, Mozilla said it will debut most of the behind-the-scenes feature by early next year. Assuming Mozilla pulls off silent upgrading this time around, it would make Firefox only the second browser to take that route. Google’s Chrome has been the poster boy for automatic updates that remove the user from the equation and can’t be switched off.
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Play Mozilla’s 3D Browser Game: RescueFox

By | October 4, 2011 | 6 Comments

RescueFox

Fully compatible with Firefox only.

If you are keen on trying Gladius, Mozilla’s 3D browser engine, then today is that day.

In the official blog announcement, an open source organization has revealed its ambition to push the 3D gaming into the web, and that’s exactly what latest project of Mozilla (codenamed Paladin) does.
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Weekly Browsers Recap, October 3rd

By | October 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, October 3rd

[Thanks, Ichan, RamaSubbu SK, Shane Bundy]

Firefox Extensions Won’t Download

By | September 29, 2011 | 7 Comments

Ain’t I lucky? I decided to do an absolutely fresh installation of Firefox 7 and would obviously have to reinstall my extensions and skins. The thing is, none of the extensions will download. This is making me sad, as Firefox has got some excellent extensions. Let’s hope that Mozilla fixes the issue soon as it has been several hours now. Click the image to witness my misery!

Update: Check Wicket’s link below for further clarification. Thanks, Wicket.

Consumers Can Go For Fewer Firefox Releases

By | September 26, 2011 | 5 Comments

Consumers Can Go For Fewer Firefox ReleasesUsers and developers cited a number of reasons why consumers might want to use the less frequent Extended Support Release (ESR) builds that were announced recently. These include problems with extensions unable to keep up with the six week cadence, and a desire for fewer updates on machines they support for family and friends.

The ESR Firefox may also be just “good enough” for many users, one Mozilla developer argued.

The reason I expect a lot of users to switch to these ESR builds is not because they want extensions to work or because of any one issue that we can fix in the future. It’s simply because Firefox works ‘good enough’ right now and they don’t want to have to deal with change. – Cheng Wang on the mozilla.planning.dev discussion group

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Mozilla Suggests Slower Firefox Release Pace For Enterprises

By | September 23, 2011 | 7 Comments

Mozilla Suggests Slower Firefox Release Pace For EnterprisesRemember how Mozilla rejected the faster Firefox release schedule (it was posted yesterday)? Well, here’s a new proposal and it goes like this: the Firefox release pace for enterprises is to be significantly slowed down. This should make corporate IT quite a bit happier.

If the proposal is adopted, Mozilla will deliver a new version of Firefox to enterprises every 30 weeks. That is five times slower than to consumers. During each 30 week stretch, Mozilla would issue only security updates for the browser. In addition, each enterprise edition would be supported for an additional 12 weeks after the release of its successor, assuring companies 42 weeks of support for each version. Continue Reading

Mozilla Rejects Faster Firefox Release Schedule

By | September 22, 2011 | 10 Comments

Mozilla Rejects Faster Firefox Release ScheduleA pitch to accelerate Firefox’s rapid release schedule even further i.e. shipping a new version every five weeks, was rejected by Mozilla. The proposal, made by Mozilla engineering manager Josh Aas last week, would have cut weeks from the current scheme.

Moving to a five week cycle would mean a fix going into mozilla central would get to users three weeks faster. That’s a big deal. It’s an upgrade in responsiveness that we can’t afford to pass on if we can pull it off. - Josh Aas, Mozilla engineering manager, on the mozilla.dev.planning forum

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