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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Firefox 38.0.1/38.0.1 ESR Released

Mozilla released an update for Firefox 38 regular and ESR versions on Thursday, May 14th with the Firefox 38.0.1 release. Fixes in this version include: Systems with first generation NVidia Optimus graphics cards may crash on start-up Users who import cookies from Google Chrome can end up with broken websites Large animated images may fail to play and may stop other images from loading Complete details can be found in the Firefox 38.0.1 Release Notes. Depending on their update settings, users will be prompted to update within the next 24-48 hours. Users can also manually update by going to the Firefox Help Menu…

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Firefox 37.0.2 > 38.0 In-Browser Updates Disabled

Mozilla has temporally disabled the updates (auto and manual) from Firefox 37.0.2 to Firefox 38 to address a couple regressions. Once these included a start-up crash on Windows for users with certain Nivida video cards due to an incorrectly referenced DLL file. Updates should be functioning again in a couple days and users may be prompted to update to Firefox 38.0.5 once the updates are re-enabled. Firefox 38 can still be manually downloaded and installed via getfirefox.com download site. The next planned release is Firefox 38.0.5 on June 2nd, 2015.

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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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Firefox 38/38.0 ESR Released

Mozilla released the next regular and ESR versions of Firefox on Tuesday, May 12th with Firefox 38. New features in this version include: New tab-based preferences (Preferences panel is now its own tab) Ruby annotation support Complete details can be found in the Firefox 38 Release Notes. Depending on their update settings, users will be prompted to update within the next 24-48 hours. Users can also manually update by going to the Firefox Help Menu and selecting About Firefox and follow the prompts to update. Alternatively users can also down and manually install the update via getfirefox.com site. The next planned release for Firefox is…

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Last night Mozilla announced on The Mozilla Security Blog: Deprecating Non-Secure HTTP. There’s pretty broad agreement that HTTPS is the way forward for the web.  In recent months, there have been statements from IETF, IAB (even the other IAB), W3C, and the US Governmentcalling for universal use of encryption by Internet applications, which in the case of the web means HTTPS. After a robust discussion on our community mailing list, Mozilla is committing to focus new development efforts on the secure web, and start removing capabilities from the non-secure web. While they don’t specify in details as to “removing capabilities from…

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