January 2008

John Lily New Mozilla Corp CEO

On the first ‘work” day of the New Year John Lily has been appointed as new CEO for Mozilla Corp. succeeding Mitchell Baker. Mitchell however will remain as Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Foundation’s Chairman. Mitchel Baker explains: “In reality John and I have been unconsciously moving towards this change for some time, as John has been providing more and more organizational leadership. It is very Mozilla-like to acknowledge the scope of someone’s role after he or she has been doing it for a while, and this is a good part of what is happening here. I expect this transition to…

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Weekly Update 2008-01-07

Reminder: Due to the scheduled meeting time and my work schedule, I am not be able to get the meeting notes posted until the following Tuesday. Here’s an overview of this week’s Update Meeting: Fx 2.0.0.12 Scheduled to release on February 5, 2008 Fx 3.0/Gecko 1.9 Beta 3- Status of Beta 3: 15 P1s 123 P2s 189 P3s Reminder: Next proposed freeze is on Jan 22. Lightning/Sunbird (Calendar Project) –No Report TBird 1.5.0.14 – Release on Wednesday, Dec 19th Major Update planned for late February. Once this occurs, all work on TB 1.5.x will be concluded. TBird 2.0.0.12 – Release…

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Review: Tab Effect

Tab Effect is a novelty extension, but seems to be very popular (at least at my office). Using DirectX 8 adds an effect when the current tab is changed. The effect is hard to describe, but there is sample picture on the AMO page. Not sure how long I will keep this one installed before the ‘novelty’ wears off. Tab Effect works with Firefox 1.5-2.0.0.x and is about 38K.

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Review: Organize Search Engines

One of the nice features with Firefox is allowing you to add multiple search engines to your search bar. Since the introduction of this feature, more and more sites have added this functionality. As a result some users are bound to have a lot of search engines in their list. This is good and bad. Good in that you have plenty of search engines to choose from when you want to search; bad if you have so many search engines your drop down practically goes off the screen and you have to hunt down the search engine you wanted to…

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Tip: Transitioning From Netscape 9 to Fx 2

With the recent announcement from AOL that they will end support for Netscape in February, many loyal Netscape users will be looking for a new browser. Since Netscape 9 is based off of Firefox 2 with a few extensions built-in, it would seem moving to Firefox 2 would be the logical choice. However once users Get Firefox, they are going to discover that the social networking features that came with Netscape 9 are not included. While it is not too difficult to get these features installed in Firefox 2, locating them on addons.mozilla.org (AMO) isn’t as easy. The Guru has…

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Blog Year in Review: December 2007

December, for the most part was a rather uneventful month (other than the Blog Year In Review). The only big news was the (premature) release of Firefox 3.0 Beta 2 about a week before Christmas. I still say the developers should have held out until after the holidays. The Guru did review a couple add-ons, Locator and a really cool and revolutionary ‘theme’ extension called Personas. While on the subject of add-ons did you know both Firefox and Thunderbird have a ‘hidden’ feature that adds an ‘install button’ to the add-ons manager? You ask, and you shall receive. The Guru,…

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