General Mozilla

Using extensions in Firefox

Looks like I got caught assuming again. I’ve been using FF for a long time and the primary reason has been the extensions/add-ons therefore everyone uses it for that reason. Gizmo’s posted a how-to for the add-ons today and caused me to rethink that assumption. “… Counting the number of Firefox installations from which the foundation receives this anonymously submitted data, Mozilla staff estimates that around two in five users don’t have add-ons installed on their Firefox browser. …” Source: Softpedia Mozilla: 40 Percent of Firefox Users Don’t Have Add-Ons Installed “Firefox has tons of useful add-ons that can make your…

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HTML5 Netflix now supports Firefox

As we reported earlier, on December 17th NetFlix has started offering HTML5 videos for Firefox users. While this not a big deal for the Win32 users as they could still use Silverlight with Firefox, this is not the case for the Firefox Win64 users. The newly released Win64 Firefox browser does not support NPAPI plugins (except Flash). Note: Silverlight is planned on being supported with the upcoming Win64 version of Firefox 44. However, by the end of 2016 Mozilla plans on removing support for the very outdated NPAPI plugins (except Flash) from Win32 and Win64 versions of Firefox. Google Chrome ended support earlier this…

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Firefox 43.0.1 Released

Mozilla has released a minor update to the current Firefox 43 branch with Firefox 43.0.1 on December 18th. This is part 1 of 2 for the fix of Bug 1079858. This bug has to do with Microsoft deprecating the use of the SHA1 Authenicode signatures for Windows singing on January 1st, 2016. Mozilla is moving to use SHA2 signature algorithms and the purpose of this patch is to simply inform the updater and maintenance service of the new SHA2 certificate issuer. Part 2 which will be released with Firefox 43.0.2 likely in the next week will Use SHA-2 to sign Windows binaries, and…

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Firefox 43 Released

Mozilla released the next major update for Firefox on December 15th with Firefox 43. New features in this release included: Private Browsing with Tracking Protection offers choice of blocking additional trackers Improved API support for m4v video playback Firefox 64-bit for Windows is now available via the Firefox download page Users can choose search suggestions from the Awesome Bar On-screen keyboard displayed on selecting input field on devices running Windows 8 or greater Firefox Health Report has switched to use the same data collection mechanism as telemetry There were some fixes and other items in this release which can be…

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Note: While this post mostly pertains to Mozilla’s other project, Thunderbird I still felt it was important to post this here as to remind people that while Thunderbird is very different from Firefox, they are still both ‘interconnected’ within the Mozilla Foundation in regards to technical resources. Mitchel Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation has posted an update on her blog about Thunderbird. She assures us that Mozilla is not ‘dropping’ Thunderbird. But, at the same time it is no longer effective for Thunderbird and Firefox to share the same technical infrastructure. Firefox and Thunderbird have diverging needs. Firefox needs to move at the speed…

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Mozilla Dumps Tile Advertising Experiment

“It’s no secret Mozilla has been toying with ideas to monetise Firefox, with one experiment including advertisement-filled home page tiles. After trialling the feature for a while, Mozilla has decided to give it the axe. …” Source: Lifehacker Australia Mozilla Dumps Tile Advertising Experiment From Firefox

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Win64 Firefox IS here…

…starting with Firefox 42 but you need to go to the Mozilla FTP site in order to download it. Once you click the link, find the most current version of Firefox and click that link, then click on the win64 link. Choose your localized (language) build then download the .exe setup file. At sometime in the future, the Win64 build will be offered directly from the Firefox downloads page. Per Bug 1181014, 32-bit Windows users who are running 64-Bit version of Windows will be offered an updated to the 64-bit version. This likely won’t happen until sometime next year after some…

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Happy birthday Firefox!

Seems longer. I have an old laptop with a working version of 1.something. “Eleven years ago, Firefox 1.0 was released with much excitement and anticipation. With the help of volunteers, The Mozilla Foundation placed a two-page advertisement in the New York Times. Over the last 11 years, Firefox has been been used by millions of people worldwide, becoming one of the most popular web browsers available to surf the Internet. …” Source: Opensource-com

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Firefox 42 Released

Mozilla release the next scheduled update of Firefox with Firefox 42 on Tuesday, November 3rd. There are several changes and updates to this version including changes to private browsing. More information is available in the Release Notes. Depending on their update settings, users should be prompted to update within 48-hours of this release or can do so in Firefox via Help > About Firefox or download and manually install the new version via the getfirefox.com site. The next scheduled release is Firefox 43 set for around December 15th.

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Firefox 41.0.2 Released

On Thursday, October 15th, Mozilla released an update for the Firefox 41.0 branch with Firefox 41.0.2. This update addressed the following issues: Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2015-115: 2015-115 Cross-origin restriction bypass using Fetch The next planned release will be Firefox 42 on November 3rd.  

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