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Here’s to 15 Years? Already?

04/04/2013 Leave a comment

15 Years? 15 years? Ago right? 15 years since the Mozilla Project came into being. Financed at Netscape along with seed funding of $3 million USD from AOL in 2003. Releasing Firefox 1.0 in September 2004 with Thunderbird soon thereafter. Even having something to do with RSS.

Firefox, Thunderbird and others have come a long way since being launched as part of the Mozilla Project along with a whole list of other projects that still use the Mozilla framework to function.

As you may or may not know, I came into the Mozilla Project via the Netscape browser. Running it as an alternative to the browser with the blue ‘E’ and then as a complete alternative when starting out with Linux, eventually migrating over to Firefox from Netscape completely across platforms.

Around 2005/2006 I was getting used to the add-on writing process also thanks to a bare bones add-ons starter kit from Ted Mielczarek (thanks btw!) So I wrote a few add-ons using basic JavaScript/CSS and some HTML including one for forcing secure HTTPS for social sites (the EFF shortly thereafter announced HTTPSEverywhere – grrr! j/k)

Then something happened around 2007, (No, I don’t mean the Thunderbird issue!) from a certain Finnish telecommunications company talking about ‘mobile Internet tablets’ and something called MicroB which was essentially a Mozilla-based micro browser. This appeared courtesy of the Maemo project (a Nokia Debian-Linux based mobile OS) back then in 2007 for the Nokia N770 Internet tablets and then later the N800/N810 (2007 – 2008) and then the N900 (2009).

A rough history outline would be:

2007 – Mozilla based MicroB appears on the N770 platform.

2008 – The first Firefox build (along with MicroB) appears for the N800/N810.

2009 – Firefox appears for N900 platform (alongside stock MicroB, up to ver. 7.0)

2010 – Mozilla discusses the Android platform.

2011 – First public Mozilla builds appear for Android (ARMv6), later focus is switched to ARMv7 but ARMv6 included later.

2011 – Nokia launches the successor device to the N900; the N9, Firefox builds (community maintained) appear shortly afterwards.

2012 – Mozilla bring stability and speed to Firefox on Android and later start including ARMv6 allowing for legacy handset usage.

It’s been a long way and most exciting I’m looking forward now to FirefoxOS taking off as the first handsets are due to be rolled out as well as the web being the platform and more focus is shifted to HTML5 being used as the central platform especially with other HTML5-centric platforms like Sailfish and Ubuntu are looking to join in. There have been other open platforms as well including the re-formed former Nokia/Intel venture MeeGo (appearing on the N9) and later reformed into Tizen which is currently developed by Samsung.

There are also many new avenues that Mozilla is working into as the web evolves especially with the user being the central core whether it be death by check boxesuser privacy/security or playing next-gen games in the browser.

Sources:

Firefox – Twitter/Facebook

Mozilla Links

Mozilla History

Mozilla Bookmarks

Here’s to 15 Years of a Better Web | The Mozilla Blog.

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Mozilla adds all recent Java versions to blocklist

28/02/2013 Leave a comment

Seeing as we all love Java /sarcasm, Mozilla has recently added the latest update (version 7 update 15 at the time of writing) to it’s add-on blocklist. They’ve been blocking Java for quite some time but only insecure past versions.

Recently, all versions were added to the blocklist which are blocked on loading the browser but can be re-enabled afterwards by the user. A guide to update and remove old Java versions from your system is also available.

The Mozilla plug-in check system is also available across Firefox and Chromium (That I have tested it in).

via Mozilla adds all recent Java versions to blocklist –.

Adobe springs emergency Flash update, says hackers hitting Firefox

28/02/2013 Leave a comment

That time of  again! Yes! Flash update time. a new release from Adobe has been confirmed:

“Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 are being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking a link which directs to a website serving malicious Flash content,” the advisory stated, listing the vulnerabilities by their Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures, or CVE, identifiers. “The exploit for CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 is designed to target the Firefox browser.”

Updates are rolling out across Win/Mac platforms.

via Adobe springs emergency Flash update, says hackers hitting Firefox – Computerworld.

3…2…1…0…Launch! Firefox 3.0 is Live!

17/06/2008 Leave a comment

Firefox 3.0 is now live and ready, already today Mozilla were reading their mirroring network and getting the new Mozilla.com ready for imminent launch.

All downloads of Firefox 3.0 must be done through the official mirrors (not the FTP ones) to be counted in the Guiness World Record attempt.

Final launch should occur if all goes to plan without incident at 10:00AM PDT/17:00 UTC/18:00 BST. International users may check their localised time here.

As mentioned on MDC:

This morning at 10:00am UTC we began the process of sending the final version of Firefox 3 to our mirror network to prepare for Download Day. We’re just as excited as you are for our upcoming release, but we’re still putting the finishing touches on Firefox 3: preparing the new mozilla.com website, getting our severs ready for downloads, and doing our final pre-launch checks. We expect to be done at 17:00 UTC – find out what time that is where you are. You can even follow our progress if you’d like!

The files in the FTP directories of our mirrors are – for now – only meant to be used by our testers. We would appreciate it if our fans didn’t follow direct links there that they might see on sites like Digg, Reddit, or Neowin. Downloading them directly can harm our ability to distribute Firefox efficiently, and will also not be counted as part of our attempt to set a Guiness World Record for the most software downloads in a day.

If you’d like to be notifed the minute that we launch, please go to sign up for Download Day. Or just head over to getfirefox.com on Tuesday, June 17th at 17:00 UTC.

Happy 10th Birthday Mozilla!

31/03/2008 Leave a comment

March 31 1998 for those of you that remember back that far is the date that the Mozilla Project launched officially. As Mitchell points out:

Today is a special day.

March 31, 1998 is the date that Mozilla was officially
launched. It’s the date the first Mozilla code became
publicly available under the terms of an official open source license
and a governing body for the project — the Mozilla Organization
— began its public work. It’s always been known
in Mozilla parlance as “3/31.” We’ll be
celebrating Mozilla’s 10 year anniversary throughout 2008
. Today I want to look at our first ten years, and a bit at
the next ten years.

Ten years ago a radical idea took shape. The idea was that an
open source community could create choice and innovation in key
Internet technologies where large, commercial vendors could
not. This idea took shape as the Mozilla project.

Oh an they mentioned him too.10 years ago, Mozilla.org kicked off, the MPL was incepted (currently at version 1.1), and the code base was opened up.

As an ex-Netscape (Mozilla Application Suite) user, I can honestly say that the past 10 years have definitely kicked ass. Happy 10th Birthday Mozilla, heres to another 10!

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