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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.

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.

Silent Updates to Appear in Firefox 4.0

11/08/2010 Leave a comment

Mozilla is set to add silent updates circa Firefox 4.0 however, the updates will only be available on the Win32 platform and only effect minor updates such as 4.0.1, 4.0.2 etc… without user interaction. The user will STILL be notified on major version changes such as 4.0 – 5.0 etc…

Most updates, including all security updates, will be downloaded and installed automatically without asking the user or requiring a confirmation, said Alex Faaborg, a principal designer on Firefox.

“We’ll only be using the major update dialog box for changes like [version] 4 to 4.5 or 5,” Faaborg said in a late July message on the“mozilla.dev.apps.firefox” forum. “Unfortunately users will still see the updating progress bar on load, but this is an implementation issue as opposed to a [user interface] one; ideally the update could be applied in the background.”

It comes after a report from two security researchers at Google compiled a report (PDF link) on software security and stability which also went to praise Mozilla for their update mechanism being the best of the browsers prior to the arrival of Google and it’s Chromium project (Chrome browser).

Silent updates seem to be making more and more of an appearance into software these days, Adobe now uses silent updates in its PDF reader software but the user MUST enable it.

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MeeGo’s Impact

19/07/2010 Leave a comment

MeeGo (the conversion of the Maemo project as well as Moblin into a open source OS for mobile device not just MID’s) Has certainly come a long way in the space of what could be termed a few short months. In reality, it was longer but still worth it!

I look forward to what MeeGo promises to be: a lightweight, efficient, workable OS designed for the mobile platform and not encumbered with patents that others have had issues with.

The addition of Mobile Firefox (AKA Fennec) 1.1 being released also promises more in terms of what the mobile web can offer and soon offer web designers/developers as well as the future of content on the mobile platform.

The Big Catchup…

01/04/2010 Leave a comment

After a short spell away, the news reumes!

We’ve seen the Chromium project (from Google) makes leaps and bounds in the last year going from version 1 to 5 in less than 2 years! We’ve seen several offshoot projects using the Chromium base such as ChromePlus and SRWare’s Iron.

From Nokia, we’ve seen Maemo version 5.0 get launched on the new N900 mobile Internet device, there’s also the new Meego project encompassing Maemo, Nokia, Intel and Moblin.

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.6.2 to address a security vulnerability and has discontinued support for the Windows Mobile platform (Maemo still supported).

This year looks to be exciting. 🙂

2010 hits…and Firefox 3.6 on the Horizon!

13/01/2010 1 comment

Happy New Year to one and all, yes I haven’t been on that much due to independent projects and the like taking up my time but rest assured, it’s a new year, a new start and a new browser on the horizon.

July 17th 2008 saw Firefox 3.0 branch hit, the first Firefox focused on search. 3.5 AKA 3.1 then came along in July 2009 and 3.6 is on the horizon with improved HTML5 capabilities including the much much debated now removed audio/video support from the official W3C HTML5 spec pending codec arguments.

We shall look forward to what the new year brings and new Mozilla developments, including; a new mobile browser (Fennec), new Thunderbird (3.0 branch) and a new launch of Prism.

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