If you’ve been expecting Firefox 5 sometime next year then we have some good news for you.
According to Brendan Eich, the CTO of Mozilla, company is ready to speed up their release cycle and introduce Firefox 5 at the some point of this year.
Cast a colder eye on your blockers. Some of them can wait for a dot release or Firefox 5 that I do believe will be only months after 4 comes out. We are going to a fast release cycle. It serves our users better. To do that we have to get this touch and go done with Firefox 4.
If everything goes as planned, we should see the Final build of Firefox 4 sometime next monmth.
After Optimized Firefox for Windows post, here is something for Linux users to play with.
According to the website, Swiftfox is an optimized Firefox version for Linux that it is using the “most cutting edge” Firefox source code and is available for both, AMD and Intel processors.
Unlike “The Pale Moon Project”, it has little to none information about the exact optimizations and/or performance improvements.
However, if you are still interested in, give it a try.
Just a minor announcement: I’ll be flying to London later today and therefore, won’t be able to post any news for a few days to come.
Should be back on Monday (24th), so not a major inconvenience after all :-)
See you soon.
There are times when using mouse is not an option and for such cases, Mouseless Browsing is a perfect add-on to install.
It’s compatible with Firefox 3.0 as well as the upcoming (Firefox 4.0) builds.
* Supports numeric as well as character ids; character set configurable
* Option to show ids before entire page is loaded
* Configurable modifiers to open link in new tab/window/Cooliris Previews
* Configuration option to use numpad exclusively for Mouseless Browsing
* Configuration options to define for which elements ids should be shown (form element, links, pure image links, frames, other clickable elements)
* Smart positioning of ids: Ids for image links, textfields, selectboxes are placed in the right upper corner to minimize the impact on the page layout.
* Possibility to configure URL specific behavior (black/whitelist)
* Configurable shortcuts for all Mouseless Browsing actions
• Microsoft to Reveal Internet Explorer Mobile Plans
During the CES, one of the audience members has asked Microsoft’s Dean…
Still plenty of bugs.
As the Release Candidate build is just around the corner, Mozilla has released the 9th Beta of Firefox 4 web browser.
With more than 600 bug fixes, overhaul of the bookmarks and history code (increasing overall performance) and reducing workload during complex animations (thanks to per-compartment garbage collection), company is slowly approaching the Final release date that is February, 2011.
Google has recently published an interesting release cycle slideshow for Google Chrome web browser that reveals some interesting points.
Here are some points that can be drawn from the presentation:
Google Chrome is treated as an online service rather than actual software, explaining the reason for such release cycles.
Instead of wasting time on feature branches (that can take weeks of debugging), Google Chrome team works on a centralized trunk, allowing to release more frequent updates.
The current release pattern is based on a six week release cycle.
Features are designed in a way to be disabled with a single patch (if required).
For the full list, see the slideshow above. Doesn’t work? Try direct link.
During the CES, one of the audience members has asked Microsoft’s Dean Hachamovitch about the future of IE Mobile and whether they plan to bring new features, such as HTML5 anytime soon.
Although he wasn’t very eager to reveal any specific plans, Dean Hachamovitch said: …we will be talking more about our mobile browser very soon…
If rumors are to be believed, then the upcoming Windows Phone 7 update (codenamed Mango) will include HTML5 and Silverlight support.
Video Source: WinRumors
It looks like Google’s WebM VP8 hardware decoder IP is now available for the chip makers. According to the recent announcement, they can now start working on a WebM playback support for their chipsets.
Same report also states that Oulu team is set to release a VP8 video encoder in the first quarter of 2011 as it’s currently ran in an FPGA (Field-programmable gate array) environment.
It looks like the search giant will soon remove a H.264 video codec from the upcoming Google Chrome web browser release.
“Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies,” said Mike Jazayeri, the product manager at Google Inc.
According to the blog post, changes will occur in the next couple months and this is just a notification encouraging content publishers and developers to make necessary changes.