Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jan 2010 23:43 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Mozilla has released its first release candidate, RC1, for Firefox 3.6 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The new version includes Personas, which lets people customize the browser's appearance; blocks third-party software from encroaching on its file system turf to increase stability; and perhaps most significantly given the competitive threat from Google Chrome, shortens start-up time and improves responsiveness and JavaScript performance. Firefox 3.6 RC1 is also available from Mozilla's download site."
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Mozilla Drumbeat
by lemur2 on Tue 12th Jan 2010 02:44 UTC
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2007-02-17

http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=27...

Mozilla's vision:

In a nutshell: make sure the internet is still open, participatory 100 years from now.

The internet has become our global commons: a critical public resource that more than a billion people use to learn, innovate, trade, befriend and play. We envision a century ahead where this shared resource grows even richer and more vibrant. For this to happen, we must continue to build and operate an internet that is:

Open. Built on technologies that anyone can study, use or improve without asking permission.

Participatory, fueled by the ideas and energy of 100s of millions of people.

Decentralized in both architecture and control, ensuring continued choice and diversity.

Public much like a public square, with space not just for commerce but also for vibrant social and civic life.


Key, then, to the Drumbeat project is openness, specifically openness as applied to the Internet.

Let's all hope that Mozilla can succeed in these aims.

In other news, Mozilla seems set to eventually drop XUL for extensions in favour of jetpack and Personas.

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Mozilla-to-focus-on-Jetpack-...

Mozilla is planning to change the way that users extend Firefox. The older Extensions and Themes, also known as add-ons, are to be superseded in the long term by Jetpack and Personas, both recent Mozilla Labs projects. The announcement came in a posting from Mozilla's Mike Connor, a lead Firefox developer, who says there is a consensus for the move within those guiding the project at Mozilla.


Edited 2010-01-12 02:49 UTC

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RE: Mozilla Drumbeat
by Fergy on Tue 12th Jan 2010 16:36 UTC in reply to "Mozilla Drumbeat"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

In other news, Mozilla seems set to eventually drop XUL for extensions in favour of jetpack and Personas.

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Mozilla-to-focus-on-Jetpack-...

" Mozilla is planning to change the way that users extend Firefox. The older Extensions and Themes, also known as add-ons, are to be superseded in the long term by Jetpack and Personas, both recent Mozilla Labs projects. The announcement came in a posting from Mozilla's Mike Connor, a lead Firefox developer, who says there is a consensus for the move within those guiding the project at Mozilla.
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You and the article you link to misunderstood. It is explained here: http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa/archives/2010/01/firefox_addons....

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good luck
by ahmetaa on Tue 12th Jan 2010 07:19 UTC
ahmetaa
Member since:
2005-07-06

Starting from 1999 i watched mozilla project: issues, code commits, dawn of firefox. Waited far too long.
I salute them, for challenging IE, but i am no longer using it because it is inferior to Chrome when it comes to speed and simplicity, especially in Linux. End users will betray to browsers easily, once they find something that makes thir life easier. Thats what i did. Good luck anyway.

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RE: good luck
by Erunno on Tue 12th Jan 2010 12:42 UTC in reply to "good luck"
Erunno Member since:
2007-06-22

End users will betray to browsers easily, once they find something that makes thir life easier.


Funny, that's exactly the reason I stick with Firefox instead of the certainly fast but under-featured Chrome.

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Same here
by Dryhte on Tue 12th Jan 2010 14:42 UTC
Dryhte
Member since:
2008-02-05

same here. I tried chrome but couldn't get used to it; plus I fell in love with AwesomeBar.

I have a couple hundred bookmarks, which I no longer have to comb through now. I've set my browsing history to be deleted after closing firefox, so I'm not hindered by that in the awesome bar. Now I can find all of the websites I use most often with one or two keystrokes. Now that allows for real fast surfing ;)

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RE: Same here
by Erunno on Tue 12th Jan 2010 15:49 UTC in reply to "Same here"
Erunno Member since:
2007-06-22

I've set my browsing history to be deleted after closing firefox, so I'm not hindered by that in the awesome bar.


This is unnecessary since Firefox 3.5. Go to Firefox' privacy panel and change the source for the address bar from "History and Bookmarks" to just "Bookmarks".

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RE: Same here
by Fergy on Tue 12th Jan 2010 16:45 UTC in reply to "Same here"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I've set my browsing history to be deleted after closing firefox, so I'm not hindered by that in the awesome bar. Now I can find all of the websites I use most often with one or two keystrokes. Now that allows for real fast surfing ;)

Although Erunno has the answer for you I don't get how you are hindered by the awesomebar. If you for instance would type q to get to your youtube.com/quicklist bookmark it would get to the top of the awesomebar after clicking it once or twice. Sure below that would be guesses based on your history but the top result will only change if you change.

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RE[2]: Same here
by Dryhte on Thu 14th Jan 2010 10:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Same here"
Dryhte Member since:
2008-02-05

Oh well, I don't really miss the history... I was just saying how I love the awesome bar ;) I'm quite happy with my current setup.

But thanks for the hints anyway.

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Personas
by Jason Bourne on Thu 14th Jan 2010 00:32 UTC
Jason Bourne
Member since:
2007-06-02

Personas is not a replacement for Google Chrome's excelent UI. No way. Until Firefox development team doesn't do anything to cut Firefox chrome bloat, I find it very difficult to switch back to Firefox.

Unfortunately, they are thinking about everything. But no one there seems to be thinking how this browser can be usable on a 15" screen.

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Opera
by mfaudzinr on Thu 14th Jan 2010 08:51 UTC
mfaudzinr
Member since:
2008-02-13

I am using Opera and I love it. Use Firefox for banking sites though.

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