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Mozilla Brings Back Firefox 64-Bit For Windows Nightly Builds

December 22nd, 2012 12:12 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes “Last month, Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg quietly announced that the 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows would never see the light of day. After what he referred to as “significant negative feedback,” Smedberg has announced he has reviewed that feedback, consulted with his release engineering team, and has decided on a modification to the original plan: Firefox 64-bit for Windows may still never be released, but nightly builds will live another day.”

Source: Mozilla Brings Back Firefox 64-Bit For Windows Nightly Builds

Firefox 18 Beta Out With IonMonkey JavaScript Engine

November 26th, 2012 11:01 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes with a quick bite from The Next Web about the latest Firefox beta, this time featuring some under-the-hood improvements: “Mozilla on Monday announced the release of Firefox 18 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can download it now from Mozilla.org/Firefox/Beta. The biggest addition in this update is significant JavaScript improvements, courtesy of Mozilla’s new JavaScript JIT compiler called IonMonkey. The company promises the performance bump should be noticeable whenever Firefox is displaying Web apps, games, and other JavaScript-heavy pages.”

Source: Firefox 18 Beta Out With IonMonkey JavaScript Engine

Mozilla Dropping 64-Bit Windows Nightly Builds For Now

November 23rd, 2012 11:02 admin View Comments

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hypnosec writes “Plans for 64-bit Firefox for Windows have been put on hold by Mozilla in a bid to concentrate more on the 32-bit version. Eliminating the 64-bit nightly builds was proposed by Benjamin Smedberg, a Firefox developer, last week. Some of the reasons Smedberg cited include missing plugins for 64-bit version; lack of windowproc hooking which facilitates smooth functioning of whatever plugins are available; and the inability to work on the crash reports submitted for the 64-bit versions because they were not on high priority. The proposal, it seems, has been accepted as is evident from this bug report.” The bug tracking system seems unable to differentiate between 64-bit and 32-bit builds, causing a few issues since Windows 64-bit builds are much buggier. They also intend to reintroduce 64-bit Windows nightlies some time next year.

Source: Mozilla Dropping 64-Bit Windows Nightly Builds For Now

Firefox 17 Launches With Click-to-Play Plugin Blocks

November 20th, 2012 11:40 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes “As expected, Mozilla on Tuesday officially launched Firefox 17 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The biggest addition in this release is click-to-play plugins, announced back in October. In short, the addition means Mozilla will now prompt Firefox users on Windows with old versions of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Silverlight (more will be added eventually).” The release notes are available, as is a list of changes for devs. Firefox for Android got a new release as well (notes).

Source: Firefox 17 Launches With Click-to-Play Plugin Blocks

Mozilla Makes Prototype of Firefox OS Available

November 20th, 2012 11:30 admin View Comments

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Thinkcloud writes “Even though the operating system hasn’t arrived in a version for smartphones and tablets just yet, Firefox OS is available as a prototype module that you can run on Windows, Mac or Linux computers (download page). The initial Firefox OS phones are expected to arrive in 2013, and it’s been reported that Alcatel and ZTE are the first manufacturers on board.”

Source: Mozilla Makes Prototype of Firefox OS Available

Nokia Releasing Maps for Competing Devices

November 14th, 2012 11:34 admin View Comments

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another random user writes with news about Nokia’s Meego/Winphone mapping application being ported to other systems, including Mozilla’s Firefox OS. From the article: “Here Maps will initially be released on Apple iOS devices offering downloadable street plans for offline use, and audio-based directions for pedestrians. Nokia is also developing a version for Mozilla’s forthcoming Firefox operating system, and will release software tools to allow third parties to make use of its data on Android devices. The move is designed to help the firm compete against Google’s rival product.”

Source: Nokia Releasing Maps for Competing Devices

Mozilla: Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Us 9m Firefox Downloads

November 1st, 2012 11:42 admin View Comments

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nk497 writes with this selection from PC Pro magazine: “Microsoft’s failure to include the EU browser ballot in Windows 7 SP1 cost Mozilla as many as 9 million Firefox downloads, the organisation’s head of business affairs revealed. Harvey Anderson said daily downloads of Firefox fell by 63% to a low of 20,000 before the ballot was reinstated, and after the fix, downloads jumped by 150% to 50,000 a day. Over the 18 months the ballot was missing, that adds up to six to nine million downloads — although it’s tough to tell if the difference has more to do with Chrome’s success or the lack of advertising on Windows systems. The EU is currently investigating the ‘glitch,’ and Microsoft faces a massive fine for failing to include the screen, which offers download details for different browsers to European Windows users, as part of measures ordered by the EU to balance IE’s dominance.” Reader Dupple points to coverage at ZDnet, too.

Source: Mozilla: Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Us 9m Firefox Downloads

Windows Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Firefox 6-9 Million Downloads

October 31st, 2012 10:43 admin View Comments

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nk497 writes “Microsoft’s failure to include the EU browser ballot in Windows 7 SP1 cost Mozilla as many as 9 million Firefox downloads, the organization’s head of business affairs revealed. Harvey Anderson said daily downloads of Firefox fell by 63% to a low of 20,000 before the ballot was reinstated, and after the fix, downloads jumped by 150% to 50,000 a day. Over the 18 months the ballot was missing, that adds up to six to nine million downloads — although it’s tough to tell if the difference has more to do with Chrome’s success or the lack of advertising on Windows systems. The EU is currently investigating the ‘glitch,’ and Microsoft faces a massive fine for failing to include the screen, which offers download details for different browsers to European Windows users, as part of measures ordered by the EU to balance IE’s dominance.”

Source: Windows Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Firefox 6-9 Million Downloads

Ask Slashdot: Seamonkey vs. Firefox — Any Takers?

October 23rd, 2012 10:02 admin View Comments

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Rexdude writes “Firefox continues to be criticized for their new versioning system and being a memory hog. People talk about Chrome, IE9, Opera as alternatives — but do Slashdotters ever use Seamonkey? I’ve never seen anyone mention it in any discussion on browsers. The successor to the original Mozilla Suite, it has a full-blown email/news/RSS client, Chatzilla, and an HTML editor. Also several other default features that would require separate extensions for Firefox. And they don’t update their versions like crazy either; the current version is 2.13.1. I’ve been quite happy with it so far — it’s snappier to use than Firefox. How many people on Slashdot use Seamonkey, and what has been your experience? (Note — I’m not affiliated with the project.)”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Seamonkey vs. Firefox — Any Takers?

Mozilla Opens the Firefox App Store To Early Testers

October 19th, 2012 10:24 admin View Comments

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SternisheFan sends this quote from ZDNet: Mozilla has opened its Firefox Marketplace, with Android device owners and developers getting the first access to the browser’s app store. The access arrived on Thursday, in the release of the latest ‘Aurora’ build of Firefox for Android. Aurora is meant for developers and early adopters, as it is the test stream of Mozilla’s browser. The storefront lets people find and install web applications delivered via the browser, and gives developers a place to publicize their apps. ‘We’re hoping that Aurora users, our awesome early adopters, will go experience the Firefox Marketplace on their Android phones and let us know what they think,’ Mozilla Labs engineering manager Bill Walker said in a blog post. ‘Our goal is to collect as much real-life feedback as possible about the Marketplace’s design, usability, performance, reliability, and content.’ … Mozilla said it expects to follow with a Marketplace for the Firefox browser beta and Firefox OS launches next year.”

Source: Mozilla Opens the Firefox App Store To Early Testers

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