May 2015

Thunderbird 38 Status

Have received some inquires as to what is going on with Thunderbird 38 which was suppose to be released on May 12th, but was pushed back to May 26th because of some critical bugs. Checking around in mozillaZine today I saw Beta 6 was pushed out earlier today. Otherwise no info as to when the release version will be pushed out.

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Turn Firefox into a Security Information Powerhouse

“The majority of things that happen when you load a website in your browser of choice happen in the background. Unless you have installed security extensions in the browser or software on the system, you may be completely unaware of the connections that are initiated when a page is loaded in the browser.“While you can check that manually using the browser’s developer tools (hit F12 and switch to network for that), it is only displaying information to you while the page is loading.“The Firefox web browser is probably the browser with the best selection of extensions that provide you with…

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How to remove the Dropbox Update plugin from Firefox

“Dropbox users who run Firefox on Windows may want to check the plugins listing of the browser as the browser may have picked up the Dropbox Update plugin automatically after a recent update.“Mozilla, for unknown reasons, never fixed the automatic plugin installation issue in Firefox. While you can block the automatic installation of plugins manually in Firefox, there is no default indicator or permission system in place to protect users.“Firefox checks various locations on the computer automatically for plugins and integrates them automatically.“Programs too may install plugins in Firefox without informing users about that. This is one of the reasons…

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Mozilla gags, but supports video copy protection in Firefox 38

“… Mozilla first announced it would adopt DRM in May 2014, when the head of the Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker, acknowledged that copy protection ‘goes against Mozilla’s fundamental approach,’ but said that it had no choice but to hold its nose.” ‘We’ve contemplated not implementing the new iteration of DRM due to its flaws,’ Baker wrote in a May 14, 2014 blog post. But ‘a browser that doesn’t enable video would itself be deeply flawed as a consumer product.’ …” Source: Computerworld More 

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Thunderbird 38 Delayed

The Thunderbird development team has delayed the release of Thunderbird 38 for about two weeks. Below was posted on the mozillaZine Thunderbird Builds forum on Monday: from tb-planing mailing list : R Kent James wrote: Thunderbird 38.0 will not ship on the same date as Firefox 38.0 but will likely be delayed a couple of weeks.We are approaching the originally scheduled date of the release of Thunderbird 38, which would be May 12 following the standard Mozilla release calendar. But there are still a number of regressions that we are working on, and last week’s beta was the first beta that…

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