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Bringing SIMD to JavaScript

In an exciting collaboration with Mozilla and Google, Intel is bringing SIMD to JavaScript. This makes it possible to develop new classes of compute-intensive applications such as games and media processing—all in JavaScript—without the need to rely on any native plugins or non-portable native code. SIMD.JS can run anywhere JavaScript runs. It will, however, run a lot faster and more power efficiently on the platforms that support SIMD. This includes both the client platforms (browsers and hybrid mobile HTML5 apps) as well as servers that run JavaScript, for example through the Node.js V8 engine.

July 10, 2014 09:04 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Next-generation video codec coming to Mozilla

Open codec pioneer Monty Montgomery, leaves Red Hat, joins Mozilla to work on n open next-generation video codec. Monty Montgomery is the mastermind behind Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora.

More info here:

October 23, 2013 09:45 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

HTML5 Flash Player (Shumway ) landed

Today Shumway landed in the Firefox codebase. Shumway is a way to support playing Flash (SWF files) without the Adobe Flash Player.

The Adobe Flash Player has been plagued with bugs so being to play Flash without the normal player is a big step forward for security.

Shumway is an HTML5 technology experiment that explores building a faithful and efficient renderer for the SWF file format without native code assistance.

Shumway is community-driven and supported by Mozilla. Our goal is to create a general-purpose, web standards-based platform for parsing and rendering SWFs. Integration with Firefox is a possibility if the experiment proves successful.

Read more sbout Shumway

Read the bug report

October 02, 2013 09:19 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Parallel JavaScript

Intel Labs has a new project out Parallel Extensions for JavaScript, code named River Trail. River Trail brings the processing power of Intel’s multi-core CPUs and their vector extensions to web applications. With River Trail it will finally be possible to stay in the browser even for more compute intensive applications like photo editing.
Read more here

September 19, 2011 08:18 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Addon development is back

For a long time I simply just didn't have the time to do development on my addons.

I've created 6 addons and some are fairly popular.

Linky which is the most popular one just passed 620.000 downloads and has more than 35.000 active daily users. Linky enables you to quickly open multiple links. You can also download, validate, copy and bookmark multiple links. All in one click.

Launchy which enables you to open links in other applications has around 23.000 daily users and more than 380.000 total downloads.

Closy, Reliby, Validaty and Slashy all weighs in at around 2.500 active daily users.

The main purpose of this blog post is to tell everybody that the development is back in business. I've been able to find time to develop the addons again, adding new features and fixing old bugs.

I also would like to thanks everybody who donated money so that I can continue the development. Thanks! You can also donate!

I released a new version of all of the addons except Slashy. It's quite amazing to see the high number of Linky users if you take into consideration that the prior version was released in March 2006!

February 11, 2010 06:51 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox on Playstation 3?

There's a rumor out that Sony is looking into bringing Firefox to the PS3 platform:

"We recently received a tip from a source very close to Sony who says that they have been in talks with Mozilla lately about possibly porting firefox over to the PS3. That said, our source made sure to point out that they were unsure if any deal had actually been reached at this point, but it is great news none the less considering the complaints Sony has been getting about the lack of reliability with their current built in PS3 web browser."

Read more

November 19, 2009 08:58 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

about:memory landed

I'm here at EU MozCamp 2009 in wonderful Prague, and just saw that the about:memory feature landed on trunk.

I had the chance to talk to Vladimir Vukicevic, how implemented the infrastructure for it, and he told him that this is just an initial landing. The about:memory is not yet finished and it can and will be improved in loads of way.

The final/ultimate implementation will include data for how much memory JavaScript, images, etc takes up.

October 04, 2009 05:18 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Can this be done? Links in same tab, links from external apps in new tab

I'm trying to figure out a way to achieve this:

1) I want links to open in the same tab. So if I click on a link that has target=_blank or target=_new in my Mozilla Firefox I want them to open in the same tab. Popups I want to open in a new window.

2) I want links from external applications to open in a new tab but same window. So if I click on a link in my mail program I want a new tab to open with the link so that I don't loose data on the current tab.

HOW HOW HOW do I do that?

If I set "" to 1 which means "Open links, that would normally open in a new window, in the current tab/window." it fixes problem 1 but not problem 2

September 18, 2009 02:43 PM | Permalink | 17 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Thunderbird can now auto config your account

A couple of days ago the first big part of the auto detection of mail accounts landed in Thunderbird. I've blogged about the feature before.

This means that you no longer have to enter all of the technical information to add an account. Just enter your name, email and password and Thunderbird will try to auto detect the rest.

Really really cool. Unfortunately it doesn't support Google Apps :(

Click on the image to see the full screenshot:
Thunderbird auto config

All of my domains, both personal and at work, are using Google Apps. But the new auto detection cant detect my setup. Damn. It sounded so cool.

My domain at work is which is hosted by Google Apps. The IMAP is at, but Thunderbird doesn't find that since it doesn't do any DNS lookup.

Hopefully this get fixed later...

April 28, 2009 07:35 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Open Source software in the public sector

Last Thursday the "Videnscenter for Software" held a conference on "Open Source software in the public sector." And Mozilla was represented at the conference.

I've heard about the conference and learned that you could ask for a free pass for the conference. Instead of only getting the free pass, I also got the opportunity for Mozilla to have a booth at the conference.

So Mozilla shared a booth with Ubuntu and I organized to get some merchandise from Mozilla Europe (big thanx!), so we got both posters, badges etc.

I also had my laptop running some Mozilla Firefox promotion videos, which is so much better than just normal slides. The videos I used are the ones from Hopefully there's gonna be more of these videos.

Henrik Gemal and Hansen, Mozilla Evengelists

We, Hansen from Mozilla Denmark, and I, attracted a lot of attention. Most people already knew Mozilla Firefox and a lot of them actually ran it at home.

At the conference we also meet up with Christian Sejersen from Mobile Firefox. He brought along a Nokia N810 device with the latest Fennec beta on it. Walking around showing the mobile version of Mozilla Firefox also attracted a lot of interest.

By the way. Now I'm also an official part of Mozilla Denmark. A couple of years ago, I thought I was Mozilla Denmark :)

The Mozilla Firefox marked share in Denmark is very low. Denmark is Microsoft territory. So perhaps events like this can be a way to change that.

March 24, 2009 11:50 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

JPEG decoding will be 15% faster on x86_64

Just a quick note about a cool improvement that is gonna hit x86_64 builds of Mozilla Firefox soon:

"Currently, JPEG SSE2 code is only Windows x86. I will add it for x86_64 platform. After adding it, JPEG decoding is 15% faster."

More information in bug 475225

January 28, 2009 10:48 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

7 untold secrets about me

Henrik GemalThe seven, perhaps unknown, things about Henrik Gemal.

I was tagged by Fabien Cazenave who started to learn XUL by tweaking my Launchy extension. Cool!

So here are the rules to this:
1. Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

Here we go:

1: I've been charged with importing pornography into India
When I worked in India I was contacted by a Danish company that sold CD-ROMs (back in the days) and they asked me if I wanted to help them get into the Indian marked. No problem. Send me some CD's and I see what I can do. Unfortunately there were some porn CDs among the CDs they sent. Don't know if I can return to India...

2: I was the top Bugzilla bug reporter
When Bugzilla was at 100.000 bugs Asa Dotzler pulled some data out of Bugzilla. We were 10 people that filled over 700 bugs each and I was at the top with 1764 bugs and Seth Spitzer was second. Read the article.

3: I played a lot of AD&D when I was younger
I loved playing Advanced Dungeon & Dragons. Still dream about creating another adventure and play again.

4: I played soccer for almost 20 years
We were once at the Danish national championship and became number 7. We also had a cool sponsor so I meet a lot of the top soccer people from the 90' like Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and most of the Danish stars like Preben Elkjær, Frank Arnesen and Morten Olsen.

5: I lived in India for more than a year working for a Indian advertising company
IndiaWhat an experience! Quite amazing. I saw things that you can only dream about. Everything for dead poor people and filty rich people like I never seen before. Read my Indian story.

6: I have visited 35 countries or 15% of all countries
I love traveling. My wife and I did a lot of backpack traveling before we got our first child. Backpacked around in Thailand, Laos, Peru and Bolivia. See my map.

7: I have a road named after me
GemalvejIn the town of Kirkeby on Fyen in Denmark there is a road called Gemalvej. My ancestors come from around there. We traced the name Gemal back to around 1600. In Danish Gemal means spouse/partner/wife/husband.

I tag:
- Asa Dotzler
- Christian Sejersen
- Allan Beaufour
- William Quiviger

January 16, 2009 08:44 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Early adopter of Mozilla Firefox

Early adopter of Mozilla FirefoxMy son Mads is a early adopter of Mozilla Firefox.

The other day he got a Firefox tattoo on his left arm and was very proud of it. Showing it to everybody. And yes, it's washable.

So now whenever he sees a Mozilla Firefox logo he points to it. So when he sits next to my computer he has to point out all the time that he can see a Firefox logo.

Perhaps I can teach him to cry when he sees a Internet Explorer logo?

December 15, 2008 10:10 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Foundation non-profit no more?

According to Techcrunch Mozilla Foundation is being audited by the IRS and its non-profit status is in question:

On the audit of the Foundation there has not been any formal notification of issues. There has been inquiry regarding its tax exemption. Management believes that it is conducting its operations in accordance with its original application for exemption and for which it received the advance ruling as a public benefit corporation.

Read the full story

Mike Beltzner wrote to me saying that the article is full of inaccuracies.
The Mozilla Corporation is not registered as a non-profit entity, pays taxes, receives revenues, etc. The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization, and its status is not under question. Google does not provide funds to Mozilla as "charity"; it's a negotiated revenue deal, and they make more money off of the traffic generated than they pay to Mozilla. It's easy to forget that, but this is not a charity issue; it's an "affinity" revenue sharing deal.

November 20, 2008 09:01 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Best Firefox wallpapers

Firefox wallpaperThis page has some of the best and coolest Firefox wallpapers that I've seen.

So check it out

November 14, 2008 11:25 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

BrowserSpy moved

My Spying tool called BrowserSpy moved to it's own website. is the place where you can see just how much information your browser reveals about you and your system.

For those using nightly builds or the new Geode addon can try my Geolocation test where your location will be shown.

What sites have I visited?
Using a known CSS "feature" BrowserSpy can tell Mozilla users if they have visited a specific website. You can try it yourself. Also see the relevant bug report.

So give a test

October 10, 2008 12:54 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Intercept HTTP traffic from Firefox extensions

Up till now it hasn't been possible for Firefox extensions to intercept HTTP traffic.

But with the landing of a fix in bug 430155 - new nsHttpChannel interface to allow examination of HTTP data before it is passed to the channel's creator. it's now possible.

The fix is gonna be in Firefox 3.1 and perhaps also in Firefox 3.0.3.

A new version of Firebug that uses this new feature is also in the making.

September 09, 2008 10:51 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox can become Google Chrome

Due to the power of extensibility in Mozilla Firefox, it's relatively easy for Firefox to clone most of Google Chrome features. Actually most of the cool feature of Google Chrome is already in Mozilla Firefox.

So check out the article on how to:
Enable Chrome's Best Features in Firefox

Also check out the speed test between Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer:
Beta Browser Speed Tests: Which Is Fastest?

There's also a comparison between Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 8
Lab test: Google Chrome vs. Internet Explorer 8

September 04, 2008 09:50 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Google extends Mozilla agreement into 2011

Mozilla has renewed its agreement with Google that was set to expire in November, extending it into 2011. In 2006, over 85% of Mozilla's revenue came from its partnership with Google.

Read more

August 31, 2008 09:30 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

IE or Firefox? Make your choice

Should be an easy choice:
IE or Firefox. Make your choice

August 19, 2008 10:31 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Auto-detection of email setup coming to Thunderbird

Setting up email accounts has always been a hassle in all email programs. But Thunderbird is adding the ability to auto detect the email configuration.

It works by the user entering his/hers email address. Then Thunderbird automatically tries to figure mail server name, type (IMAP or POP3) and connection type (TLS, SSL, plain).

The feature is slowly getting reviewed and will then get checked into the Thunderbird codebase.

You can read much more about the feature in the bug report.

The patch will likely also include the ability for ISPs and others to provide a XML file to specify how to setup an account using their service.

Read about the feature:
In the wiki
In the bug report

August 19, 2008 11:56 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox on Nokia N95

Firefox theme on Nokia N95There is a lot of work going on to get Mozilla Firefox to run on mobile devices and the developers has already come a long way.

Unfortunately Mobile Firefox isn't available on Nokia N95 yet. The picture you see is just a theme for the phone. So it's just a themed icon for the built-in WebKit browser.

Theme available here

Mozilla Firefox for Mobile phones are currently known as codename Fennec. It's available for the Nokia N810 mobile phone. The Nokia N810 is a Linux based tablet.

Hopefully Mozilla Firefox will be available for the Symbian OS, which most Nokia phones uses. Symbian usage is really big in Europe, while Windows Mobile usage is high in the US.

Christian Sejersen earlier this year on the FOSDEM event said that the Symbian people were looking into porting Mozilla to the Symbian platform. Hopefully we'll get an update soon on this.

Harry Li from the Mozilla community is currently trying to port NSPR to the Symbian OS and is almost finished. Check out the bug report.

August 13, 2008 01:45 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Easy to kill Firefox in Process Explorer

Given the fact that Firefox uses a lot of Private Bytes in Windows also makes it very easy to locate it when you have to kill it with fx Process Explorer. Just look at the top.

I use Process Explorer as the main tool to watch which processes are running and sometime to kill programs. What is does is:

Find out what files, registry keys and other objects processes have open, which DLLs they have loaded, and more. This uniquely powerful utility will even show you who owns each process.

And sometimes I have to kill Firefox the hard way. Finding it in the process list is always very easy. It's always at the top if sorted by Private Bytes usage.

So dont says that Firefox memory usage isn't a good thing :)

Firefox in Process Explorer sorted in Private Bytes

So what are these Private Bytes? From article:

This is memory allocated to the process that cannot be shared by other processes. It is probably the most useful single figure when you want to know "How much memory does my app use?" It still needs qualification. As we’ve seen, the Private Bytes may not all be in physical memory. If they are swapped to disk, and the user isn’t actively using the application, then they aren’t having much impact on other applications.

August 12, 2008 01:32 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

da vinci and

My boss at work called me into his office the other day and said that my site was listed on the official Firefox 3 download site. Not sure what he meant he showed me.

If you go to the official European download site for the Danish Firefox 3 there are shown some screenshots of Firefox 3 in action.

One of them are showing the new super cool location bar search feature. The user types "da vinci" and results from the history are shown. And on the screenshot my site is shown at the top on a search for "da vinci". Super!

I once wrote an article regarding the Da Vinci Code or Da Vinci Mysteriet in danish and it's that article that shows up.

The image can been see here:
Dansk Firefox 3 med some da vinci search

August 12, 2008 12:57 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Still a long way to go: Firefox 20% marked share

According to the latest browser version market share from Net Applications Firefox still have a long way to go:

IE 7.0 46.45%
IE 6.0 26.38%
Firefox 2.0 16.13%
Safari 3.1 4.28%
Firefox 3.0 2.31%
Safari 3.0 1.15%

even adding together the Firefox 2 and 3 it doesn't even match the old IE 6. Sad but true. At least according to these stats.

But they also write:

The release of Firefox 3.0 on June 17th was followed by rapid usage share gains, topping 4% worldwide. In the first hour after the effective release of the product, Firefox 3.0 gained 1% of worldwide share. Firefox 3.0 share gains came mostly from users upgrading from Firefox 2.0, while its overall usage share by grew about .4%, primarily at the expense of Internet Explorer.

July 02, 2008 09:58 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 3: Best in memory test

He just concludes what I already knew:

Firefox 3.0 browser uses memory much more efficiently than its rivals, according to an independent tester who wrote a memory-monitoring utility to track usage by Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE), Flock, Opera and Safari. In a lengthy post to his Web site, .Net developer Sam Allen spelled out the data he collected from the "Memory Watcher" application he wrote specifically to track Web browser memory use.
Read the full article

The danish media also as a translated version of the news item:
Firefox 3.0 bruger hukommelsen mest effektivt

June 30, 2008 01:59 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Google Gears now supports Firefox 3

Gears, Google's project to make Web browsers a better foundation for elaborate online applications, now supports Firefox 3, the company plans to announce soon. "Gears for Firefox 3, as of today, is available for all users," said Aaron Boodman, a Google programmer working on the Gears project, in an interview Tuesday. "We hope to announce it either today or tomorrow."

Read more

June 11, 2008 02:53 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 3 beta 5 will have improved connection parallelism

Mozilla Firefox 3 beta 5 will, when it comes out, have some improvements in connection parallelism.

Just like IE8 increase from 2 concurrent connections per host to 6, Mozilla Firefox will also increase it to 6. The about:config entry for this is "network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server".

Furthermore the max number of HTTP connections will be increase from 24 to 30. The about:config entry for this is "network.http.max-connections".

The number of HTTP connections that can be established per host will go up from 8 to 15. The about:config entry for this is "network.http.max-connections-per-server".

If you using Firefox from behind a proxy then the max number of concurrent connections will be increased from 4 to 8. The about:config entry for this is "network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy".

All in all this will make Firefox 3 beta 5 even faster. These changes are needed since, according to Mozilla developers:

Sites are demanding more connections due to JS traffic, and we're using up more of the total connection limit with suggest requests, antimalware, extension traffic, etc.

Read the bug report about the connection changes
Read about the IE8 Connection Parallelism

For the technical people these are the new defaults:
pref("network.http.max-connections", 30);
pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 15);
pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 6);
pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 8);

Fasterfox which is a Add-on that has performance and network tweaks for Firefox uses these settings:
user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 40);
user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 16);
user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 12);
user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 6);

but these settings are not recommended since they, as Mike Shaver puts it, would get us (Firefox) banned from the internet.

March 18, 2008 09:44 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Forget Facebook. The Web's platform is Firefox

"John Lilly, CEO of Mozilla, argues that the Firefox platform is actually more robust and easier to use than "rival" platforms like Facebook, iPhone, etc. Unlike these others, Firefox is a true community platform, reflecting the tastes, requirements, and whims of a broad array of users. It plays host to a wide array of third-party plug-ins. But the community angle doesn't end with plug-ins. 40 percent of the Firefox code wasn't written by Mozilla. This has stayed constant as Mozilla has grown. This is exceptionally impressive when you consider that Firefox is 6 million lines of code."

Read the rest of the interesting interview

March 17, 2008 09:55 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Free porn with Firefox

This is the actual headline from the largest online newspapers Ekstra Bladet in Denmark. See the full article here.

The online newspaper Ekstra Bladet had a poll about the Mozilla usage. 57% answered that they used Mozilla Firefox. The true Firefox usage at is much lower. The statistics shows that only 10% of the visitors are using Firefox. Denmark is Microsoft country.

But back to the free porn. One of the comments in the poll was that Firefox is much better at surfing porn. "I use Firefox as a backup browser and for surfing porn. This way I dont get busted". I think he (or she) must refer to the built-in privacy cleaner that Firefox has.

Other users are commenting about the popup blocker and the ability to remove banner ads. "This makes pages load faster and it's nice to get rid of Flash movies when my mouse cursor moves across the page."

March 11, 2008 08:50 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Welcome Humans!

A new about: entry has just been checked in. This time it's about:robots.

So if you're running nightly builds of Mozilla Firefox you can type "about:robots" and see this page:

About:robots page

For more information about this page and why it's there, turn to bug 417302.

Other known about: pages are:

plus others. You can see all of them by reading the code here

March 09, 2008 07:41 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 3 with Profile-Guided Optimization = Speeding ticket

The latest nightly builds of Mozilla Firefox 3 is now being build with Profile Guided Optimization (PGO). So what does this mean? That Firefox 3 is getter even faster. A lot of work has been done in making Firefox the fastest browser on the earth. And now with PGO we just got around 11% faster in JavaScript tests.

Unofficial we are now the fastest browser on the earth and more than 30% faster in JavaScript tests than the latest Opera Beta (9.5.9807)

Hopefully the next Firefox 3 beta will be build with PGO.

So what is Profile Guided Optimization?
When building (compiling) Firefox, a set of tests are run and the data from these tests are used to optimize the compiled code. The data from the tests enables the compiler to aggressively optimize code in Firefox. The data represents how the program is likely to perform in a production environment. Basically, it runs the Firefox code to see what functions get used the most and optimizes the final code around that data.

Profile-guided optimization is a relatively new feature in both GCC and Visual C++ that improves the quality of generated code.

IE already doing this
IE7 was build with Profile-Guided Optimizations and gained a 8% performance improvement with no additional code change.

For more information about Profile-Guided Optimizations:
- Profile-Guided Optimizations in Microsoft Visual C++
- Building with Profile-Guided Optimization

March 04, 2008 11:15 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Thanx! Mozilla at Fosdem 2008

A truly amazing weekend. I attended Fosdem 2008. I basically spend all the time at the Mozilla room meeting with a lot of interesting people.

Some of the most interesting talks were the talks about:

Mozilla Prism
Mozilla Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop. Prism will either be built directly into Firefox 3 or available as an extension. This is a really exiting product from Mozilla Labs.

Mozilla Mobile
Firefox will be available on the mobile phone. This time it's for real. A dedicated team is now focused on developing a version of Firefox that will run on a mobile phone. Some features from the normal desktop version of Firefox might be stripped, but the mobile version will have both XUL, extensions and all the other important stuff. MathML might be stripped, but this has to be decided later on.

The mobile adventure is a very important. Just think about the last 10 times that you checked your mobile phone. I bet that only 1 or 2 times out of 10 it was actually to call someone and to answer a call. The other times it was properly to check email, browse, GPS or some other thing that didn't involve the traditional phone usage. Firefox Mobile might be able to do all of these tasks.

A lot of people might start talking about how to distribute Firefox Mobile and if/and how Mozilla should strike deals with handset manufactures. This is important, but I think it's more important to focus on actually making the product. So let's get a product first!

Read more about the mobile Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Support
The support channel for Firefox consist of a knowledge base, a forum and live chat. It's an important part of the community since it both helps the users with their Firefox problems but also helps the developers to focus on specific areas where the users are experiencing problems. Eventually the support site (in some way/layout) is going to replace the built in help. That's the one you get when pressing F1.

Firefox 3 will also include (from what I was told) a utility that pops up when you cant get access to the internet. Some kind of connection wizard. This was one of the biggest problems when upgrading from Firefox 1.x to Firefox 2.

Other cool stuff
Another cool presentation was the Songbird presentation. Songbird is a desktop media player build on top of Mozilla. It has a web page API and some of the coolest icons and graphics on the web.

Both the Songbird player and the TomTom Home are both built on top of the Mozilla trunk. A year ago this would be highly risky. This has all changed and now the trunk is really stable.

All in all being at Fosdem has been a great experience and I hope that I can get even more involved in the Mozilla project.

February 26, 2008 04:35 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

DOM Inspector not shipping in Firefox 3

DOM Inspector is not going to ship as a optional component in Firefox 3. Currently it's available in the installer as a optional component. This will not be the case in Firefox 3.

The reasons for this are very good:
- it forced users to select custom install just to get the DOM Inspector
- it forced users to install Firefox again just to get the DOM Inspector if they didn't choose it on the first install

Instead it will be made available as an extension on See bug 271812 for more information.

Personally I think it's the right decision. I just hope that it will be available very soon on

February 26, 2008 12:13 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 3 gets a new Java Plug-in

Firefox 3 is going to include support for the new Java SE 6 runtime environment.

This is a new implementation of the Java Plug-In that features increased reliability, ability to specify large heap sizes, ability to select a specific JRE version to execute a particular applet, and support for signed applets on Windows Vista.

The New Plug-in is designed to work with:
- Internet Explorer 6 and 7 on Windows XP and Windows Vista
- Firefox 3 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Solaris and Linux

Note: The new Plug-in does not work with Firefox 2, and no support is planned for this browser with the New Plug-in.

The new Java plugin is still in beta. You can download it at Java SE 6 Update N Early Access Program

Read more about the new Java Plug-in
Get even more information by reading the release notes

From bug 406040:
For several months a new implementation of the Java Plug-In has been under development which uses the NPAPI and NPRuntime plugin and scripting mechanisms rather than the archaic OJI. This work has been done in close cooperation with and several browser-side changes were needed in order to enable a non-OJI Java Plug-In. This work was done in the Firefox 3 train, so the new plug-in currently works only on Firefox 3.

February 24, 2008 02:34 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Fosdem 2008. I'll be there

For the first time I will be attending Fosdem. Fosdem 2008 will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 23/24 February, 2008.

FOSDEM '08 is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet.

Mostly I think I'll hang around the Mozilla Developer Room.

Perhaps I'll join the Firefox 3 Extension Developer's Workshop and get my extensions updated. I hope I can find the time. A lot of people are requesting this.

Well. See you all there!

February 08, 2008 08:23 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

JPEG decoding speedup

Two important patches just got checked into the trunk of Mozilla. Both improve the JPEG decoding procedure. Since a lot of the images on the web are JPEG, this is very important improvement for the overall performance of the browser. Speed improvements are always welcome.

Read more here:
- Speed up JPEG decoding by 30% by skipping buffer
- Speed up JPEG decoding by another 10%

It seems that the two patches overall improved the JPEG decoding with 17% improvement on Windows.

I think that the two patches will get included in Mozilla Firefox 3.

January 19, 2008 03:49 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozillas røde ræv indtager Danmark

Sidste søndag var Christian Sejersen interviewet til Søndagsavisen.

En fin artikel som handler om at Mozilla nu åbner en ny udviklingsenhed, der skal fokusere på at udvikle Mozilla Firefox til mobiltelefonen.

Du har læse hele interviewet her:
- I PDF format
- I JPEG format

I følge Christian selv så fik de (Søndagsavisen) forbløffende meget rigtigt ud af artiklen.

Husk også at spille Casino hos InterCasino.

November 20, 2007 08:08 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox on the motherboard

Today ASUS launched a new motherboard called P5E3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP@n, which includes the ASUS Express Gate technology.

ASUS Express Gate enables you to surf the internet in 5-second-boot time without entering Windows. And the surf is done with Mozilla Firefox.

With a fast bootup speed of only 5 seconds, the ASUS Express Gate offers an optional Linux OS bootup that allows you to enjoy instant access to commonly used functions like accessing the Internet, VoIP, and Web emailing without entering the OS.
Read more

The big news is that the motherboard ships with an embedded Linux and webbrowser. And the webbrowser is Mozilla Firefox.

The web browser loaded up on this Linux environment is called the "SplashTop Browser", but it's really nothing more than a stripped down version of Mozilla Firefox.

The SplashTop Browser is a cut-down version of Mozilla Firefox 2.0.

See pictures on the browser
Read more about Splashtop

October 10, 2007 02:09 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

How to keep up to date with the Mozilla development

I, like most other people, don't have that much time trying to keep up to date with what's going on in the Mozilla project.

Here's my quick list of tools and sites that I use to, on a daily basis, keep up to date with the Mozilla development.

Assigned bugs changed within the last 24 hours
The link will show you the assigned bugs that has changed within the last 24 hours. This will give you a quick overview of what bugs that could possible land (be checked into the Mozilla code) very soon. It's the quickest way to see what's being worked on right now.

Checkins in the last 24 hours
The shows the actual checkins that has happened in the last 24 hours. Here you can see what actually landed in the Mozilla code. Most of the stuff shown here will be available in the next version of Firefox (or Thunderbird)

Blogs in the Mozilla community
Another great way to monitor the Mozilla community is to read the different blogs from the Mozilla contributers. Planet Mozilla and my own Blogupdates are great ways to quickly get an overview of all the blogs.

Other ways.
Here are listed a couple of other ways. I dont use them myself, but they might be useful:
- Recent changes to Mozilla Developer Center
- Recent changes to Mozilla Wiki

August 21, 2007 04:47 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Page Zoom and new Google safebrowsing protocol

Just a quick post about some of the most important checkins during the last couple of hours:

Page Zoom
Backend support for page zoom has been added. The patch does not include any UI. The page zoom functionality can also be accessed from extensions.

New google safebrowsing protocol
Implement support for the new Google safebrowsing protocol. The new protocol includes much better performance. Read about the new protocol.

Better IO support for use in JavaScript
Make it much easier for both extensions and JavaScript in general to use IO operations. Read about ScriptableIO

July 26, 2007 09:01 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Thunderbird moves out

According to Mitchell Baker, Chief Lizard Wrangler, Mozilla is gonna be separated from the Mozilla Foundation in some way.

We have concluded that we should find a new, separate organizational setting for Thunderbird; one that allows the Thunderbird community to determine its own destiny.

Mozilla is currently only focused on Firefox:

Thunderbird effort is dwarfed by the enormous energy and community focused on the web, Firefox and the ecosystem around it. As a result, Mozilla doesn't focus on Thunderbird as much as we do browsing and Firefox and we don't expect this to change in the foreseeable future.

Read more:
- The blog entry: Email Call to Action
- The Future of Thunderbird
- The Future of Mail

July 25, 2007 09:37 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Reordering of newsgroups is now fixed after 5 years

A fix for bug 150274 has just been checked in. The bug is about the ability to reorder newsgroups in Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla SeaMonkey by using drag and drop.

The bug report was filed on June 8, 2002 which is more than 5 years ago and had 35 votes.

The patch was produced by Markus Hossner which also is the creator of the MessageID-Finder extension.

July 18, 2007 08:15 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

MySpell replaced with HunSpell

The current spellchecker in all Mozilla products are based on MySpell. But MySpell hasn't been developed for a long time and has been replaced by HunSpell. which also used the MySpell spelling engine, switched to using HunSpell with it's 2.0.2 version.

Now Mozilla is very close to making the switch to HunSpell. The HunSpell spelling engine has been checked into Mozilla. This means better much spelling features. Read the bug report for more information.

July 03, 2007 09:38 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

6% speedup due to fixed image cache bug

Sometimes performance gains comes from the most amazing places. A fix to a bug in the calculation of the cache size of an image has resulted in a 6% performance win on Linux and a 4% performance win on Mac. If I read the bug report correct, then the gain is only in a Cairo builds of Mozilla Firefox (what eventually becomes Firefox 3).

July 03, 2007 07:26 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Cycle collector helps finding leaks in Firefox

To help find memory leaks in Mozilla Firefox the Mozilla developers has the last couple of weeks landed the so called XPCOM cycle collector. This tool thats built into Mozilla helps to avoid memory leaks that can make Firefox take up too much memory and make it slower. It periodically checks the Firefox memory usage and tries to free any unused memory. More and more areas of the Firefox code will support this feature and hopefully we'll have a Firefox 3 that will use less memory.

But memory garbage collection, which the XPCOM cycle collector does, is hard, so dont expect miracles. Bugzilla reports that there's 237 open memory leak bugs

So how does it work. From the XPCOM cycle collector webpage:
The cycle collector spends most of its time accumulating (and forgetting about) pointers to XPCOM objects that might be involved in garbage cycles. Periodically the collector wakes up and examines any suspicious pointers that have been sitting in its buffer for a while. If the collector finds a group of objects that all refer back to one another, and establishes that the objects' reference counts are all accounted for by internal pointers within the group, it considers that group cyclical garbage, which it then attempts to free.

Read much more about the XPCOM cycle collector.

Read the meta bug about the collector.

June 26, 2007 10:31 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Dont believe performance tests. Firefox faster than Safari

Apple release the Windows version of thier browser Safari yesterday and the community welcomes them on the Windows platform with a bunch of security bugs found after only two hours of the release. Hard to believe since according to Apple:
"Now you can enjoy worry-free web browsing on any computer. Apple engineers designed Safari to be secure from day one."

My own experience with Safari is really bad. I installed it with no problems but when I started it, I got the browser but cant see any text all. Both all the text in the browser window and in the menus are gone. The File and Edit menus are just empty and the browser cant show text but only images.

Apple also release some performance tests that shows that Safari is the fastest web browser around. Again according to Apple:
"Safari loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2."

But now has Wired News Benchmarks has shown that Safari 3 is slower than IE 7 and Firefox. And Wired News has some good news:
"The verdict? Firefox may be getting bloated, but it's still the fastest Windows browser, particularly for running Google web applications."

June 13, 2007 12:08 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Extensions I use - part 5

Yet again it's time for an updated list of the extensions I use for Mozilla Firefox. I did some cleanup of the installed extensions so I only have those extensions installed that I actually use. This also helps on performance.

All of the extensions (except one) listed below works in nightly trunk builds of Mozilla Firefox. The only extension that I needed to do some code change to, is the bookmarks extension. Since the landing of the Places code the extension stopped working. So I had to do some minor code change so that it worked.

My Firefox extensions
  • AutoAuth Automatically submits saved HTTP authentication credentials.
  • Autofill Forms Fill out web forms automatically
  • ChromaTabs Colors browser tabs based on contents.
  • Closy Provides you different Close tabs functionality fx Close all blank tabs and Close all duplicate tabs
  • Console² The next generation error console.
  • Copy URL + Copies to clipboard the document's URL along with the title or the selected text.
  • Dansk ordbog - Danish Dictionary
  • Bookmarks Access your bookmarks wherever you go and keep them organized no matter how many you have.
  • DOM Inspector Inspects the structure and properties of a window and its contents.
  • Fullerscreen Really full screen...
  • FxIF View EXIF data in image properties
  • InfoLister Lists installed extensions and themes
  • InspectThis Inspect the current element with the DOM Inspector.
  • JSView View the source code of external stylesheets and javascripts.
  • LastTab Allows tab navigation in a most recently used manner.
  • Launchy Open links and mailto's with external applications like Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Outlook etc
  • Link Widgets A site-navigation tool
  • Linkification Converts text links into genuine, clickable links.
  • Linky Open/download/validate links and pictures in tabs or windows
  • Live HTTP Headers View HTTP headers of a page and while browsing.
  • MR Tech Local Install Local Install power tools for all users. (en-US)
  • Nightly Tester Tools Useful tools for the nightly tester.
  • Print Hint Helps you to quickly find printer-friendly versions of webpages
  • ProxyButton ProxyButton creates a toolbar button to quickly turn proxy on and off.
  • Reliby Reload all your Live Bookmarks
  • Resizable Form Fields Resize HTML form fields, including textareas, select boxes, text fields, and iframes.
  • Slashy Fixes Windows backslash file separators in links and images
  • Talkback Sends information about program crashes to Mozilla.
  • TDC CMS Extension for TDC CMS (Company Internal extension)
  • Update Notifier Notifies you when updates are available for your extensions and themes.
  • Validaty One Click Validator. Provides you a button to validate a page using a validator like
  • View Dependencies Adds a tab listing dependencies and their sizes in the Page Info window.
  • Web Developer Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
  • wmlbrowser Display WML (Wireless Markup Language) content.

Some of the new extensions are AutoAuth which removes HTTP auth dialog boxes. I've also found a super replacement for AutoFill which was an extension I used for filling out forms. The new one is called Autofill Forms and it's really really nice. New is also Resizable Form Fields which helps you on pages where input boxes are way to small.

June 04, 2007 08:10 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

New Page Info window

As part of Google Summer of Code in 2006 student Florian Queze set out to enhance Page Info window. Yesterday the code for the new Page Info window landed on the trunk. This means that if will be part of Firefox 3 when it comes out.

The Page Info window is the window you get when you right-click on a page and select View Page Info.

First you can see the old Page Info window. Then you can see the new ones.

You can read about the project and see the progress of the project.

For those who are interested in more info read the bug report.

April 13, 2007 08:37 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Get Joost!

JoostI've got two Joost tokens left. So if you would like to test Joost, send me an email at spam at gemal dot dk and I'll invite you. But only if you're fast! Remeber to thank me :)

Update: All invites are gone!

What is Joost?
Joost is a new way of watching TV on the internet, which uses new and established technologies to provide the best of both the internet and TV worlds. We're in the process of making it as TV-like as we can, with programmes, channels and adverts. You can also see some things that we think will enhance the TV experience: searching for programmes and channels, for example, as well as social features like chat. There are many more new features to come!

March 16, 2007 02:30 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Read and write support for Google Calendar checked in

A very nice checkin has just hit the Mozilla source code. Support for read and write of Google Calendar. So now both Lightning and Sunbird has support for Google Calendar. Please note that the support currently is minimal but it's being worked on. It's being build as an extension.

And no, I dont know where to get this extension. I dont think it's getting build right now. So you have to wait for more information.

March 07, 2007 10:39 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

The Venice Project and IE8

Not that The Venice Project is about to use IE8 or something.... :)

Exclusive: Inside The Venice Project, Built On Mozilla
The Venice Project1 is not just another online video start-up. The Luxembourg-based company is the latest co-production of the two-person hit factory of Niklas Zennstrom2 and Janus Friis3. The founders of Kazaa and Skype4 are hoping that The Venice Project will upend the television experience just as their earlier efforts turned the music and phone businesses on their respective heads.
Read the article

Firefox 3 Plans and IE8 Speculation - Browsers Heading Apart Again
Also in the works is Microsoft's IE8. According to, a Microsoft official at CES told them that work has already begun for IE 8 and it may be released as a final product "within 18-24 months". IE8 will apparently "compete even more directly with Firefox". Looking ahead, it's obvious that IE will continue to hook into the advanced functionality that Vista offers.
Read the article

January 12, 2007 05:09 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

The Venice Project is using Mozilla technology

The much hyped "Venice Project" which is:

The Venice Project is code name for new venture of Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis (founders of Skype). The pair plans to develop software for distributing TV shows and other forms of video over the Web using peer-to-peer technology. Working under the code name "The Venice Project," Zennstrom and Friis have assembled teams of top software developers in about a half-dozen cities around the world, including New York, London, and Leiden. The teams are currently in negotiations with TV networks, although it's not clear whether any agreements have been reached.

is using Mozilla open source technology. The P2P client which will deliver the TV, will be based on XULRunner and will be available on the same platforms as XULRunner supports Windows, Mac and Linux. Super cool to see that a post dotcom company with a huge potential like The Venice Project is using Mozilla technology. Way to go Mozilla people and community! Also credit to another Mozilla Dane in the project Allan Beaufour Larsen.

November 21, 2006 06:12 PM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Browser face-off: Firefox versus IE

There are some nice features in IE7 that might halt the steady flight to Firefox. Quick page zooms and enhanced web page programming support fit well, while Microsoft's antiphishing looks more thorough. However, Firefox 2.0 remains ahead of its rival in many areas. Upgrading from Internet Explorer 6.0 will mean finding your way around a new interface, so IE enthusiasts would find it a good opportunity to convert to Firefox.

That's the verdict that will appear in the January 2007 issue of PC Advisor.

Read more

November 16, 2006 03:20 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 2.0 Trumps IE7 In Phish-Fighting

The other day I reported (in Danish) that Firefox won over IE7 in a test of free anti-phishing solutions. Now software testing firm SmartWare has released a report that shows that the phishing filter in Firefox is soo much better than the one in IE7.

- Firefox 2 Phishing Protection is more effective than the Microsoft Phishing Filter in Internet Explorer 7.
- Firefox 2 offers users a choice between local and remote protection modes.
- Firefox 2 Phishing Protection uses local mode by default, which protects user privacy.
- Even in local mode, Firefox 2 Phishing Protection is significantly more effective than the Microsoft Phishing Filter in Internet Explorer 7, operating in either mode.
Read more about the test

Back to the numbers: The testers found that with IE7's auto-check turned off, the browser blocked less than two percent of all phishing sites thrown at it. With the phone-home option turned on, IE blocked 66 percent of the scam sites. In its default configuration, Firefox 2.0 blocked close to 79 percent of all phishing sites during the test period; with the "Ask Google" option enabled, Mozilla's browser blocked nearly 82 percent of all scam pages.

Read more and the report itself.

Also read about the built-in Phishing Protection in Firefox 2

November 14, 2006 10:24 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Adobe and Mozilla Foundation to Open Source Flash Player Scripting Engine

I just saw that a thing called Tamarin (AVM2 open source) Flash9_DotReleases_Branch initial revision was checked into the Mozilla CVS repository. And shortly after the following press release was available:

Adobe and the Mozilla Foundation today announced that Adobe has contributed source code for the ActionScript Virtual Machine, the powerful standards-based scripting language engine in Adobe Flash Player, to the Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla will host a new open source project, called Tamarin, to accelerate the development of this standards-based approach for creating rich and engaging Web applications.

Once again Mozilla Foundation leads the way in the open source world.

This is a major milestone in bringing together the broader HTML and Flash development communities around a common language, and empowering the creation of even more innovative applications in the Web 2.0 world

Read the press release or read about the Tamarin project.

November 07, 2006 08:42 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox party igen en succes

Firefox 2 get together i København 2006 var en stor succes. Vi fejrede således frigivelsen af verdens bedste browser, nemlig Mozilla Firefox version 2. Det blev som de andre gange fejret på Ølbaren i København. Vi har jo fejret både version 1.5 og version 1.0.

Firefox on hairØlbaren har blevet behørigt udstyret med Firefox plakater og en hulens masse A4 posters med gode argumenter hvorfor man skal skifte til Firefox. Måske det forkerte sted at reklamere, da stort set alle i Ølbaren den aften brugte Firefox. Måske der var et par enkelte uskyldige personer i Ølbaren den aften, som ikke var kommet for at fejre Firefox 2.

I år med TV dækning
Aften var af en anden årsag også historisk da vores party kom i TV. Eller rettere Net TV. Comon havde læst om vores party og havde kontaktet mig om de ikke måtte komme og lave et interview. Selvfølgelig måtte de det. Så nu er vores Firefox 2 party foreviget på Net TV. Så sus over til Comon og se giraffen.

Du kan se et par billeder fra aftenen her.

Stor tak til alle jer der mødte op og fik en øl og en snak med venner, kollegaer og Firefox entusiaster.

Du kan læse meget mere om Mozilla Firefox version 2 og alle dens herligheder her.

November 07, 2006 08:22 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 2.0 bedst i CSIS test af gratis anti-phishing løsninger

Det nye phishing filter, som er inkluderet i Mozilla Firefox 2.0 løber med æren af at være den løsning der fanger flest phishing forsøg i denne test. På en anden plads finder vi Netcraft Antiphishing Toolbar, forfulgt af en delt tredjeplads mellem Microsoft Internet Explorer 7’s phishing filter og Earthlinks Scamblocker.

CSIS har kørt de forskellige gratis anti-phishing løsninger igennem en test for at afgøre hvilken af løsningerne der er bedst til at advare om phishing sider. Både den nye Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 og Firefox 2.0, som sidder på overvældende majoritet af browsermarkedet, parate med et indbygget phishing filter til deres populære browsere. Phishing problemet er kommet for at blive. Den traditionelle form for phishing, som vi hidtil har hørt mest til, hvor helt almindelige brugere via e-mail lokkes til en forfalsket hjemmeside og her opkræves brugernavn og password, kreditkort oplysninger eller lignende, får i fremtiden hårdere betingelser. En stribe producenter er klar med gratis løsninger til slutbrugerne - nogle direkte integreret i browseren - som kan medvirke til at forhindre og synliggøre når brugeren lander på en ondsindet phishing side, eller generelt surfer forbi en side der kan opfattes som mistænkelig.

Læs mere om testen

Testresultatet kan af testen kan hentes her:

November 02, 2006 12:48 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 2 get together i København 2006

Firefox Party
Så er tiden igen inde til at vi skal have lidt Firefox komsammen. I anledning af at Firefox 2 meget snart bliver frigivet, skal vi da lige mødes og have en kop øl. Alle er velkomne! Ligesom sidste år er det Ølbaren i København der lægger hus til.

Datoen for vores lille komsammen er sat til tirsdag den 31 oktober 2006 kl 17 på Ølbaren. Skynd dig at reservere dato, og send rygtet videre i systemet.

Er DU parat? Smid en kommetar eller send en mail til <spam snabel-a gemal prik dk>

October 13, 2006 01:02 PM | Permalink | 22 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

OpenOffice bundles Mozilla

Future versions of will come bundled with Mozilla's Thunderbird email client and Lightning calendar application. The open source office suite is also planning to revamp its system for building and installing extensions by the end of the month by introducing an extensions system like that of Mozilla's Firefox browser. The process of developing, selecing and managing extensions will be standardised and simplified, according to Charles H. Schulz, the lead of's Native Language Confederation.

Read more and more

September 25, 2006 09:43 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

DTrace meets JavaScript

Brendon Chase writes:
There are a few good JavaScript debuggers out there and a few are integrated with popular IDEs but a new project, code-named Helper Monkey, led by Sun Microsystem's employee, Brendan Gregg, caught my eye. Project Helper Monkey brings the power of DTrace, a tracing framework originally created by Sun for Solaris to JavaScript. Gregg says he is doing this by utilising user statically defined tracing interface(USDT) probes to the Spider Monkey JavaScript engine, used by Mozilla-based browsers. According to Gregg he has added probe calls to "observe JavaScript function calls, object creation, and the destruction(garbage collection, and script execution. I've also written several DTrace scripts to report probe activity".

Read about DTrace meets JavaScript

September 21, 2006 06:29 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Talkback to be replaced by Airbag

Talkback or Quality Feedback Agent is a small piece of software embedded in Mozilla that gathers data about what is happening in Mozilla when it crashes. Such information helps Mozilla developers to quickly isolate the cause of a crash and then correct it. Talkback is now about to be replaced by Airbag, an open-source multi-platform crash reporting system that Google and Mozilla are working in cooperation on. According to Benjamin Smedberg Airbag will enable the Mozilla developers to get more, faster and more reliably data if the users Mozilla application crashes. Read the entire blog entry. Read more about the Airbag project itself here where you can also download the source.
September 13, 2006 09:03 AM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla not moving to Subversion (yet)

J. Paul Reed Build/Release Engineer at the Mozilla Corporation writes:

Is the Mozilla Project switching to Subversion? There have been many discussions in the past few months about the version control system that the Mozilla project entrusts its code to. It's safe to say there's a desire from most of the community to thank CVS for taking good care of our source code - for the most part - and move into the 21st century. Obviously, such a move is a big deal, and impacts the very core of the Mozilla Project: our source code. It's not a decision to be made lightly, or by a limited subset of people. It's a project-wide discussion. The first part of these discussions has already taken place, and a set of Project's requirements for a version control system has emerged. As they wiki page notes, some of these requirements are in conflict, so they represent a utopian ideal of version control systems. But no decision has been made on which version control system to switch to, nor have any concrete plans (schedules, etc.) even been considered.

Read more
Also read the Version Control System Requirements for Mozilla

September 01, 2006 02:28 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Using launchy.xml to start Firefox Portable from Thunderbird Portable and vice versa

I got a email the other day asking if it is possible by using my Mozilla addon Launchy to start the Firefox Portable with within the Thunderbird Portable. So when you use Thunderbird Portable and right click on a link you can choose Firefox Portable. And when you from within Firefox Portable right click on a mailto link can choose Thunderbird Portable. And the answer is yes.

Lets say you installed Firefox Portable and Thunderbird Portable on your USB stick. Firefox Portable is installed so that the full path to the executable is something like USB_DRIVE_LETTER:\FirefoxPortable\FirefoxPortable.exe and the full path to the Thunderbird Portable executable is USB_DRIVE_LETTER:\ThunderbirdPortable\ThunderbirdPortable.exe.

The solution is to use the launchy.xml and and the %GeckoDrive% variable. The launchy.xml file is used by Launchy to add additional applications, besides those autodetected, to the right click option. The %GeckoDrive% variable always holds the drive letter from which the Gecko application was started. So if Firefox Portable was started from the drive letter Z the %GeckoDrive% variable is set to "Z:". Not that %GeckoDrive% also includes the semicolon after the drive letter.

The gives us the possibility to create a launchy.xml file that looks like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<configurations xmlns="">
    <label>Firefox Portable</label>
    <label>Thunderbird Portable</label>

To get it working you have to place the above text in file called launchy.xml in these two directories:

This way the next time you start your Firefox Portable or Thunderbird Portable the right click Launchy option will show you the Portable options.

August 30, 2006 01:00 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox Crop Circle project

Firefox Crop Circle projectDoes the sudden appearance of a Firefox crop circle imply which browser extraterrestrials prefer? We don't know, but it was still fun to make! Constructed by local Firefox fans and the same team that created the Firefox mural from cornstarch and kool-aid and launched the Firefox weather balloon, the Firefox Crop Circle project shows that we have so much passion for Firefox that we want it to be visible from space! Planned in under two weeks and completed in under 24 hours, the crop circle had a final diameter of 220 feet. We constructed the circle in an oat field near Amity, Oregon, where it was completely invisible from the road but unmistakable from the sky. Our team consisted of 12 people, mainly OSU students, and we carefully stomped down oats from 3:30pm Friday afternoon until 2:30am, putting on the finishing touches between 7:30am and 11:00am Saturday, August 12.

Watch the video
Read more about the project
Picture gallery

August 23, 2006 03:34 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

RealNetworks Mates With Mozilla

I hate Real Player but if it can increase the Firefox marked share then ok. Actually I used to like the player until it got bloated with all kinds of weird applications and functions.

RealNetworks said Wednesday that it has agreed to a multiyear agreement to offer Mozilla's Firefox Web browser with downloads of its RealPlayer, Rhapsody and RealArcade software programs. Real said it has also agreed to extend and expand a similar agreement with Google under which it will offer the search engine's Toolbar and Desktop programs with Real software. RealNetworks partnership with Mozilla comes as Firefox continues to notch steady gains in the U.S. Web browser market at the expense of Microsoft and its dominant Internet Explorer browser. According to Net Applications, Firefox's share of the browser market stood at 11.3% at the end of July, up from 9.6% at the end of 2005 and 4.6% at the end of 2004.

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August 02, 2006 09:01 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

NSpluginwrapper: A cross-architecture browser plugin tool

NSpluginwrapper is a cross-architecture tool designed to let Firefox users on AMD64 and PowerPC Linux use i386-only, binary Web browser plugins - such as those frequently provided by closed source, commercial interests. Following a protracted delay after its initial, binary-only release back in May, NSpluginwrapper is now available with source code. NSpluginwrapper works with plugins conforming to the Netscape 4 Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI). As its name implies, NPAPI was initially developed in the pre-Mozilla days at Netscape, but today it lives on both in Mozilla-derived browsers such as Firefox, and in a number of independent applications, such as the Opera browser and KDE's Konqueror. NPAPI specifies about 15 data structures and 20 methods that the plugin must expose to the browser, and 16 methods that the browser must expose to the plugin.
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July 07, 2006 11:50 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Product management activities for Firefox 3

Sherman Dickman writes:
Since the product management role is a relatively new one at Mozilla, I thought it would be useful to outline some of the most important functions that a PM should perform, particularly within the context of product planning. Many of these will be conducted in parallel with the Gecko 1.9 engineering planning efforts currently underway. The end PM deliverable for Firefox 3 will be a MRD that can be referenced by all, but the real value for the Mozilla community will be derived from the MRD development process itself.

Some of activities that are listed are:
- Identifying market and technology trends
- Product vision and strategy
- Key feature requirements
- Why should anyone use our product over another product? Do the benefits outweigh the tradeoffs that a user must endure when switching? If yes, why don't more people use our product?
- Which of our technology assets are clearly superior to the competition? How do we keep them from being easily copied or duplicated?

Read the posting in the (using

June 21, 2006 08:04 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Google Browser Sync extension for Firefox

A long time ago I reported that the Firefox team at Google was working on server side stored state. And now we have the proof:

Google Browser Sync for Firefox is an extension that continuously synchronizes your browser settings – including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords – across your computers. It also allows you to restore open tabs and windows across different machines and browser sessions. Google Browser Sync is completely automated. The settings you select at startup are automatically synchronized across each of the computers on which you install Browser Sync. You won't even need to log in every time you start the browser. You can change which browser components are being synced – or even stop the syncing process entirely – using the settings panel in the upper-right corner of the page. The settings panel also gives you access to your PIN.
Read more and install

June 08, 2006 09:34 AM | Permalink | 11 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Says IE 7 Won't Beat Firefox Security

One of the chief selling points (if a free browser can have a selling point) of Mozilla Corporation's Firefox browser has been its reputation of being more secure than Internet Explorer. Preaching to a choir of open-sourcers at the Red Hat Summit, the company said it expects to maintain that advantage. Firefox has won the hearts of between 10-20 percent of the web browser market, stealing away a large chunk of Microsoft's IE monopoly. According to Secunia, those converts are well deserved. The security firm reports that while IE 6 still has 21 unpatched vulnerabilities, Firefox only has three.
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Mozilla Confident of Security Lead over Microsoft
Mozilla Corporation is confident that its Firefox browser will maintain its security lead over Microsoft's forthcoming Internet Explorer 7. "In the long run, [Firefox] will always be more secure [than Internet Explorer] because we have transparency and we have external contributors," Christopher Blizzard, a board member for the Mozilla Corporation, said during a session at the Red Hat Summit in Nashville.
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June 06, 2006 11:49 PM | Permalink | 6 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Validaty - New Firefox extension that gives you one click validation of pages

Validaty is a Mozilla extension for Firefox, Flock and Netscape 8 that provides you with One Click Validation functionality. Validate a page using the W3C Markup Validation Service with a click of a button. The validation is done without opening a new page or tab. You click click the Validaty icon in your toolbar and the page is validated for you and the icons shows the status of the validation. The W3C Markup Validation Service is a free service that checks web documents in formats like HTML and XHTML for conformance to W3C Recommendations and other standards.

When you click the Validaty button
Validaty icon
on your toolbar the Validaty button turns into either
Validaty page valid icon or Validaty page not valid icon
depending on if the current page validates. No need to open a new tab or anything. If the page doesn't validate you're giving the option to see the validation report.

The default validator used is w3 but you can change this using the options.

You access the Validaty icon by adding the Validaty button to your toolbar. You do this by right-clicking on your toolbar and drag the Validaty icon to the toolbar.

So go ahead and install Validaty!

June 01, 2006 11:14 PM | Permalink | 14 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla: we'll pay developers where we can

Mozilla Foundation has said it is committed to rewarding the community that helps develop its software. Mozilla's suite, which includes the Firefox Web browser, is partly developed by unpaid programmers, often working in their spare time. Mozilla on Wednesday said it could not afford to pay all of its voluntary contributors, but instead may contribute by providing hardware to some developers. "Sometimes [volunteers] struggle on bad machines, or stay up all hours looking for someone with a Linux machine to test a program. Maybe we can provide machines," said Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Corporation chief executive and a member of the Mozilla Foundation board of directors, in an interview with ZDNet UK.
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Despite its success, however, Mozilla's fans are becoming increasingly -concerned that the organisation is moving away from its altruistic roots and becoming a fully fledged money-making operation. The company makes no secret of the fact that it turns a profit. Firefox uses Google as its preferred search engine partner. When a user carries out a search via the browser's built-in search facility, about 80 per cent of the advertising revenue from any associated hits goes back to Mozilla.
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May 30, 2006 11:24 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Internet Explorer in Windows Vista turns into IE7+

With the release of Windows Vista Beta 2, I want to announce that we will be naming the version of IE7 in Windows Vista “Internet Explorer 7+”. While all versions of IE7 are built from the same code base, there are some important differences in IE7+, most significantly the addition of Windows Vista-only features like Protected Mode, Parental Controls, and improved Network Diagnostics. These features take advantage of big changes in Windows Vista and weren’t practical to bring downlevel. The IE7+ naming gives us an easy way to refer to this version.

- IE7+ running on Windows Vista: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)
- IE7 running on Windows XP: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1)

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May 30, 2006 11:32 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla and Coverity

Some of you might have noticed that on some of the checkins that are made recently the word coverity has been mentioned.

Coverity is a bug finding system that is capable of detecting defects and security vulnerabilities in the source code. Coverity detects at compile time bugs that will crash the system at runtime. Examples include memory leaks, use after frees, and illegal pointer accesses. Coverity also pinpoints security vulnerabilities in your source code that hackers can exploit. This eliminates serious problems such as denial of service, data/memory corruption and escalation of privileges in the earliest stage of development. Example vulnerabilities detected include buffer overruns, integer overflows, format string errors and SQL injections attacks and many more.

In collaboration with Stanford University, Coverity is scanning the Mozilla source code. This is great news for the Mozilla project. We're getting a free audit of the source code. This will improve the quality of the code and hopefully fix some of the bugs that still exists in the Mozilla source code.

The status of the Coverity scan as of today is:
- 232 total bugs
- 116 open bugs
- 99 fixed bugs

May 18, 2006 11:14 AM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

New version of Reliby (Reload all Live Bookmarks) released

Reliby - Reload all Live BookmarksReliby is a Mozilla extension that provides you with Reload all Live Bookmarks functionality. You can access it using by adding a button to your toolbar. Live bookmarks are RSS feeds inside your browser.

Version 1.1.0 of Reliby has been released and it now supports Places. Places is one of the big new features that will make it into Firefox 2.0. It will replace the History and Bookmarks features - the former keeping a log of pages you have visited in the past, and the latter being pages that the user has bookmarked for whatever reason, either because they are pages that the user visits regularly (favourite pages) or something interesting that the user would like to look at later. Places uses SQLite.

April 07, 2006 11:24 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox versus Internet Explorer in a Corporate Network

Two years ago I blogged about a similar subject. I discussed the advantages of Internet Explorer (IE) over Mozilla and other web browsers in a corporate environment. I concluded that IE is by far the better choice. Recently we deployed about 250 new computers and so I considered this question again. Now, Firefox is the main rival of IE. The decision was not so easy this time, but IE won again in the end. I am using Firefox myself for a quite while and I really like this web browser. However, when it comes to the question of switching to a new web browser in a corporate network, other arguments have to be considered.

The advantages of the IE are mainly founded in its tight integration with Windows. Firefox has to run on other operating systems, too. Hence, all features should work on all systems not only on Windows boxes. That's why I'm not expecting too many improvements in this field in the near future. Although projects like Firefox ADM show that better integration is doable and that some Open Source programmers recognized this problem. All in all, I'm still a Firefox fan, but wouldn't recommend it for corporate use in larger networks. There are exceptions of course: If all your desktops use Linux or Mac OS. But if you have Windows desktops, the only reason I could think of, is that you really need a certain feature of Firefox which you is not available in IE.

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March 28, 2006 07:52 PM | Permalink | 10 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla plans to fund developer community

The Mozilla Foundation is planning to use some of its millions of dollars in revenues to fund active members of its developer community, the organization said Tuesday. The foundation made $5.8 million in 2004 and is thought to have made tens of millions of dollars last year, predominantly from partnerships with search companies, such as Google and Yahoo. Though much of its money has gone toward increasing its head count, some has been used to bulk up its reserve fund. Mitchell Baker, the chief executive of the Mozilla Corporation, the commercial subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, said Mozilla plans to put some of its excess revenues back into the community. "The Mozilla Group--the foundation and the corporation--has a set of employees that provide a critical mass where things can happen, but it is only a piece of the project. There are vast numbers of things that happen outside our employee base," she said. "We have a commitment that while we have funds beyond our operating levels, some of it should to go to community members. We want to do that in a way that promotes the community."

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March 23, 2006 09:39 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla information - The newsgroups at has loads of it

A lot of people have asked for more information about Mozilla. Both developer information but also information about how the entire Mozilla thing works. Both in terms of products but also with decisions. A lot of interesting stuff and discussions are now happying at the newsgroups at

Some of the interesting stuff found there are amongst other Brett Wilson talking about changes to the URL autocomplete box that he like to make. Ben Goodger also made a lot of postings where he tries to explain where Firefox 2 and even Firefox 3 is going and most importantly why the changes are needed. Here you can get a lot of answers about the whole development of Mozilla Firefox. It's really interesting read.

There's also the mentioning of Microsummaries which are:
Microsummaries are regularly-updated succinct compilations of the most important information on web pages. They are compact enough to fit in the space available to a bookmark label, provide more useful information about pages than static page titles, are regularly updated as new information becomes available, and are linked to the pages they summarize.
Check it out and read more about it

Be sure to read/subscribe to both the general and firefox newsgroups. So head over to the newsgroups and start reading.

March 20, 2006 03:07 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox team at Google is working on server side stored state

From the now removed PowerPoint file of the Google Analyst Day:

Store 100% of User Data. With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including: emails, web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc). We already have efforts in this direction in terms of GDrive, GDS, Lighthouse, but all of them face bandwidth and storage constraints today. For example: Firefox team is working on server side stored state but they want to store only URLs rather than complete web pages for storage reasons. This theme will help us make the client less important (thin client, thick server model) which suits our strength vis-a-vis Microsoft and is also of great value to the user. As we move toward the "Store 100%" reality, the online copy of your data will become your Golden Copy and your local-machine copy serves more like a cache. An important implication of this theme is that we can make your online copy more secure than it would be on your own machine. Another important implication of this theme is that storing 100% of a user's data makes each piece of data more valuable because it can be access across applications.

So apparently Google is working on some kind extension that will make it possible to store bookmarks on the server side. Neat!

You can read the comments from the removed PPT file here

March 07, 2006 06:47 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Data collection service added to Firefox

Darin Fisher just landed the data collection service on the trunk of the Mozilla code.

The data collection service is used to gather browser metrics. This provides a way to learn more about how users use the Mozilla Firefox browser. Often times, we end up making guesses about usage patterns or typical system constraints. The data collection service can collect data from live instances of Firefox and analyze that to improve the product. This service is disabled by default in release builds. Users will be given the choice to enable this feature "to help make Firefox better" or something along those lines. The collected data is uploaded a collection server periodically and local copy flushed.

Read more about Browser Metrics at the wiki or in the bug report.

March 07, 2006 11:32 AM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Google Safe Browsing anti-phishing extension to land on trunk

Googles Safe Browsing anti-phishing extension released by Google on in December 2005, is going to be landed on the trunk Mozilla code for consideration as the base for an anti-phishing feature in Firefox. It'll be a global extension, off by default.

This is just one of the many results from the Mozilla people working at Google and it shows Google's interest in making Mozilla Firefox the best and most secure browser available.

Read more about Safe Browsning and the design documentation. You can also check out the bug report itself.

March 05, 2006 09:55 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

User interface in Firefox 2 is going to change

The default chrome of Firefox has not been altered since the launch of Firefox 1.0. It would be presumptuous to assume that the way in which users interact with their browsers has gone unchanged between that time and our planned 3Q2006 release date for Fx2, and even more presumptuous for us to assume that we got things 100% right with Firefox 1.0. Ben's been thinking about this for a while, and he and Joe and I got together today to take a good hard look at the browser window with the following goals:
- remove UI elements that aren't useful to majority of users
- increase usability of elements that are useful
- increase focus on web content

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March 01, 2006 03:34 PM | Permalink | 10 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Reliby - Reload all Live Bookmarks extension

Reliby - Reload all live bookmarksMy latest extension Reliby was made because of a request from a colleague of mine. Mr KimBlim had the problem that when he starts Firefox while being offline and then connects, his live bookmarks didn't load because of being offline at start. So he needed an extension to force reload of all his live bookmarks and Reliby was born.

Reliby is short for Reload all Live Bookmarks. The y is added to conform with my other extensions like Linky, Launchy, Slashy and Closy

In Firefox, Live Bookmarks are automatically updated every 30 minutes. That's alright for most times, but sometimes it's nice to force reload them.

And Reliby does just that. It reloads all of your Live Bookmarks with a push of a button.

Reliby can be accessed by adding a button to your toolbar or by using Bookmarks > Reload Live Bookmarks

Note: Reliby does not work with Live Bookmarks in Places since the API is completely changed.

February 22, 2006 09:46 AM | Permalink | 10 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Inside Look: Internet Explorer 7, Beta 2 have taken a inside look at Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2. It looks a bit like Firefox but it has some nice features that I like to see in Firefox.

IE7 beta 2 screenshotLast year, I wrote a preview of IE 7 Beta 1 when Microsoft released Windows Vista Beta 1. Since then, six months have passed and the IE 7 team has released the second beta of IE 7. This IE 7 Beta 2 Preview is the first public beta designed for IT pros and developers, and it especially targets Windows XP SP2 users. IT pros and developers can use this beta preview to test their toolbars and ActiveX controls. But what about end users? In this article, I will update you on the features in IE 7 Beta 2 and what has changed since the last beta preview. Overall, I am happy with the new Beta 2 of IE 7. I have been using it for the past few days and it works quite well (it has crashed on me only once). Give it a spin and see if it works well for you.

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February 22, 2006 08:34 AM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

New installation system for Firefox 2

Robert Strong and Benjamin Smedberg are working on a new installation system for Firefox 2 which will be significantly less complex and easier to maintain than the current XPInstall-based system. This install system will produce both a full installer and a stub installer. Both the full and stub installers will be QAed and treated as "official" builds. The proposal is to make the stub installer the default download available from The stub installer has the added advantage that it can ship a single stub installer for all languages and select the correct locale files to download at runtime. Of course the full installer would still be available, and especially useful for system administrators and others who want to make an installer available locally.

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February 21, 2006 09:22 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

TDC udvikler speciel sikkerhedskomponent til Digital Signatur i Firefox

I flere tilfælde har brugere af Firefox ikke udført installationen af Digital Signatur korrekt, og derfor udvikler TDC i samarbejde med Videnskabsministeriet nu en speciel sikkerhedskomponent til Firefox. Digital Signatur fungerer glimrende sammen med den gratis browser, hvis brugerne vel at mærke følger TDC's vejledninger og får indstillet en sikker aktiveringskode i Firefox.

Nogle af de nye brugere af Firefox har haft vanskeligt ved at følge vejledningerne for opsætning af personlig aktiveringskode for signaturen. I de tilfælde er sikkerheden ikke optimal, og med tanke på det stigende antal brugere af Firefox-browseren har vi besluttet at udvikle en sikkerhedskomponent specielt til Firefox, siger Morten Storm Petersen, der er TDC-ansvarlig for Digital Signatur. Komponenten, kaldet PKCS#11, ventes færdig om nogle måneder.

Indtil da kan Firefox-brugere selv kontrollere, om deres personlige aktiveringskode er sat rigtigt op. Det kan gøres på, hvor man går ind på en af de tjenester, som understøtter Digital Signatur-login. Alt er ok, hvis man bliver bedt om at indtaste aktiveringskoden. Alternativt kan man følge TDC's vejledning til installation af signaturen.

February 21, 2006 10:37 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsoft Exec Talks IE7, RSS

Following a decision to release a standalone version of IE7, browser development at Microsoft has come fast and furious. BetaNews this week sat down with Gary Schare, Director of IE Product Management, to discuss the changes coming in IE7, Firefox's growth, and how Microsoft will bring RSS to the mainstream. When BetaNews last spoke to Schare in late 2004, he explained why Microsoft had no plans to add features like tabbed browsing directly into Internet Explorer or update its CSS support. After much feedback, things changed in early 2005. With a standalone IE7 now feature-complete, Schare delves into the reasoning and gives us a look at what to expect when the browser is released later this year.
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February 19, 2006 01:44 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 2.0 To Stress Tab, Bookmark, Extension Changes

"IE 7 is a pretty good catch-up," said Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla's vice president of engineering. "But it does some funny things with tabs and the UI that I don't understand why they did it.". Firefox 2.0's development roadmap lists the main feature updates and additions, and their priorities. Among those at the top are redesigns of the browser's bookmark and history system, security enhancements to extensions, the popular plug-ins, search engine improvements, and changes to the tab-based user interface.
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February 18, 2006 11:48 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox Finds Cracking the Corporate Market to Be a Challenge

The Boeing Co. has been discreetly providing feedback to the Mozilla Foundation for the past year or so on features that might encourage enterprise adoption of the open-source Firefox browser. At the top of the list has been a tool kit to help IT departments distribute Firefox with custom configurations to end users. The Chicago-based aerospace company had good reason to express interest in such a tool. Last August, Boeing made Firefox one of its corporate Web browser standards alongside Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer (IE) and a version of Netscape Navigator that is being sunsetted. Although Boeing hasn't deployed Firefox wide-scale and couldn't provide an estimate of the browser's usage within the company, the corporate standard decision sets it apart from most of its peers.
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February 18, 2006 04:14 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Launchy, Linky, Slashy users please read

Screenshot of duplicate extension installedDue to a GUID change in recent versions of Launchy, Linky and Slashy extension you might end up with two versions of the extension installed. Please check your Extension Manager and uninstall the oldest version of the duplicate extension.

The result of the duplicate extension is that you're prompted that the extension has been update over and over again. Just uninstall the old version of the extension.

January 26, 2006 02:29 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Netscape Browser 8.1 released

Netscape release version 8.1 of their browser yesterday. New things in the release is amongst other Anti-Spyware Protection, Built-in RSS reader, Undo tab close.

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January 26, 2006 09:50 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox joins top ten global brands

The open source browser Firefox has been rated alongside Google, Apple and Starbucks as one of the most powerful brands in the world in 2005, according to a study published on Monday., a Web site for marketing professionals run by global branding consultancy Interbrand, asked over 2500 readers during November and December which brands had the most impact on them that year. Firefox was voted as the eighth most influential brand worldwide in 2005 - the first time that a piece of open source software has featured in the top 10 list in the five years that the survey has been carried out.
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January 24, 2006 08:49 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Ping attribute takes some fire

Darin Fisher implemented a new ping feature and some users hate it.

I'm sure this may raise some eye-brows among privacy conscious folks, but please know that this change is being considered with the utmost regard for user privacy. The point of this feature is to enable link tracking mechanisms commonly employed on the web to get out of the critical path and thereby reduce the time required for users to see the page they clicked on. Many websites will employ redirects to have all link clicks on their site first go back to them so they can know what you are doing and then redirect your browser to the site you thought you were going to. The net result is that you end up waiting for the redirect to occur before your browser even begins to load the site that you want to go to. This can have a significant impact on page load performance.

You can test your browser for the ping feature here. Only nightly builds of Mozilla Firefox has the feature.

January 18, 2006 06:25 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox Will Rock on Mac OS X

Firefox 1.5 was a major milestone on all platforms, but it was not quite what it could have been on Mac OS X. We just didn't have the resources to test for and fix bugs fast enough when release time rolled around. However, not delaying the release was a decision that I was happy with because it was the right thing to do, even if it meant less-than-great Mac OS X support. Firefox 1.5 was still a major upgrade in terms of Mac OS X support, and nothing to be ashamed of. Once Firefox 1.5 was out the door, we got the time we needed to test for and fix some of the major bugs in Firefox 1.5 for Mac OS X. Mozilla's release drivers were great about helping us get the results of that effort into the upcoming Firefox release, and I'm writing this blog post to let you know that Firefox is going to be everything Firefox 1.5 could have been on Mac OS X. You should definitely download it as soon as it comes out.
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More Mac news : Firefox for Intel Macs planned for March

January 16, 2006 09:33 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Thinking about Firefox security

What would happen if Mozilla's Firefox suddenly became the browser that everyone was running? What would happen if it was as big a target for hackers and for virus and spyware authors as Internet Explorer is now. How would Firefox's reputation for security hold up? One has to wonder how secure a default Firefox installation is, and if there are things that can be done to make a Firefox deployment more secure?
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January 13, 2006 10:54 AM | Permalink | 9 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox at Critical Mass?

The year 2005 was a banner year for open source Web browser Firefox, a fact underscored by recent market share numbers released by site tracker NetApplications. The company saw the number of Firefox users inch tantalizingly close to the 10 percent figure (9.57 percent, to be exact) in December 2005, a nearly 1 percent jump from November 2005. Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) still dominates the browser world at roughly 85 percent of the market. But that figure is a drop from NetApplication's November 2005 statistics, which put IE at 86 percent of the market. Mac-based Safari inched up from 2.78 percent in November 2005 to 3.07 percent the next month; Opera experienced a negligible gain from .53 percent to .55 percent in the same time frame. Netscape dropped from 1.25 percent of the market to 1.24. All other browsers collectively saw a gain from .43 percent to .53 percent. The numbers show that, while there are a number of browsers available today for end users, it's likely going to come down to a two-horse race between IE and Firefox.
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January 09, 2006 08:33 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Is it Firefox or is it IE7?

Microsoft Explorer 7.0 looks and feels like Firefox. We were indeed very shocked when we managed to see and feel the beta of Explorer 7.0. The key thing is tab browsing that looks and feels like you are using Firefox. Even the search button at the left hand side looks and fells like this free browser. Just as in Firefox you can ad search engines. There are some extra features as its easier to block the nasty sites and the RSS button is more accusable. Of course you can bookmark tabs as well.
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January 08, 2006 06:00 PM | Permalink | 13 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

1 In 10 Now Use Mozilla's Firefox

Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox browser finished the year with a flourish, a Web measurement firm said Wednesday, and came within half a point of the 10 percent market share that many analysts have set as the bar to long-term success against Microsoft's leading Internet Explorer. According to the latest numbers from Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based NetApplications, Firefox wrapped up 2005 with 9.6 percent of the browser market, a gain of almost a full point over November.
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January 05, 2006 12:43 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

AllPeers promises to transform Firefox into a media sharing powerhouse

AllPeers is a free extension which combines the strength of Firefox and the efficiency of BitTorrent to transform your favorite browser into a media sharing powerhouse. Regain control! You decide which media files you want to share with whom and to maximise your privacy, communications are encrypted.
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January 03, 2006 03:49 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

FastStone promoting Firefox

Got a nice surprise today when I installed the new beta of FastStone Image Viewer which is the image viewer that I use. After installing it, it launched my web browser with this page. It's a "thank you for using FastStone page" but it also features a "you should use Firefox" notice. Way cool to see my favorite image viewer promoting Firefox.

January 02, 2006 07:25 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsoft Employees Rage As Internet Explorer Ship Sinks

No way to build a market: No more Mac users. No more Dell users in the UK. HP's shipping Netscape. Internet Explorer 7 is the ultimate "me too" knock off. And nobody's madder than Microsoft employees and fans. Microsoft employee Rory Blyth: I think IE is horribly behind the times. When every other browser on the planet that's worth a damn supports tabbed browsing, it's just crappy that I still have to have different copies of IE open to have multiple sites open at once. As of right now, my favorite browser on the planet is Apple's Safari.
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January 01, 2006 01:50 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 1.5 Stability Problems? Readers And Mozilla Respond

Firefox users wrote to us detailing their problems with the browser, and we asked Mozilla for some answers. Before we get too far down that path, however, let's put things in perspective. More than 60 percent of the people who responded to our request for personal experiences with Firefox 1.5 reported they had no problems whatsoever with the browser software. And there is absolutely no statistically valid way to draw any hard conclusions about how many people are having stability issues with Firefox 1.5 based on this small sample size. At a rough guess, the number of people experiencing serious problems is probably well under 10 percent of all the people who have downloaded and installed Firefox 1.5.
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December 29, 2005 11:30 AM | Permalink | 13 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

New Firefox extensions from Google - Anti Phishing and Blogger Comments

Yesterday Google released 2 new Firefox extensions.

Google Safe Browsing
Google Safe Browsing extensionGoogle Safe Browsing is an extension to Firefox that alerts you if a web page that you visit appears to be asking for your personal or financial information under false pretences. This type of attack, known as phishing or spoofing, is becoming more sophisticated, widespread and dangerous. That's why it's important to browse safely with Google Safe Browsing. By combining advanced algorithms with reports about misleading pages from a number of sources, Safe Browsing is often able to automatically warn you when you encounter a page that's trying to trick you into disclosing personal information.

It seems that Google Safe Browsing for Firefox is only available for download for users within the US.. But that can be fixed.

Blogger Web Comments
Blogger Web Comments for Firefox is an extension that makes it easy to see what bloggers are saying about a page you're viewing in Firefox and even make your own blog post about it, all without leaving the page you're on.

December 15, 2005 10:30 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Google to acquire Opera?

I have heard rumors of a possible acquisition of Opera by a bigger company. Now again I hear (and read) rumors of a possible deal between Google and Opera which would see the search engine giant taking over the Opera Web Browser company. This makes sense. Google has been lending a helping hand to Firefox. However, it does not control how Firefox is developed. They can of course launch their own Google Browser (or the GBrowser) on the Mozilla's rendering engine, but they have not till now. Opera of course makes a lot of sense considering it is a small company and is very heavily under development.
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Update: Rumors come and go. Google is not buying Opera

December 15, 2005 02:50 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox Scholar aka SmartFox

SmartFox will enable users, with a single click, to grab a citation to a book, journal article, archival document, or museum object and store it in their browser. The Center for History and New Media is building an open-source package of tools for libraries and museums that will work right in the web browser, where most research is now done. We are calling the project SmartFox: The Scholar's Web Browser, and it will enable the rich use of library and museum web collections with no cost - either in dollars, or probably more importantly, in secondary technical costs related to their web servers--to institutions. This set of tools will be downloadable and installable on any of the major open-source browsers related to the increasingly popular Firefox web browser: Firefox itself, Mozilla, and the latest versions of Netscape and the AOL browser (all based on the Firefox code base).
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December 08, 2005 03:30 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

New SeaMonkey Logo

SeaMonkey logoThe new artwork centers around an abstract figure resembling a "Sea Monkey", colored in a light, cyan/blue color, standing out from a dark blue circle with a wave pattern in the middle. This design, created by Alex Butin, not only looks professional and polished, but also fits perfectly as an icon on a modern computer desktop and is easily recognizable even in small sizes. Additionally, the look matches the rest of the family (Firefox, Thunderbird, Camino, Sunbird) quite well. And while the soft shapes and color shades create a very polished impression, the waves and the figure make people feel the new dynamic the internet suite application has gained through the new project.

The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to deliver production-quality releases of code derived from the application formerly known as "Mozilla Application Suite".

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December 05, 2005 08:54 AM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Yahoo is default search engine on Firefox 1.5 in Asia

In China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, the default homepage and search engine in Mozilla's Firefox browser will be provided by Yahoo instead of Google.
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December 01, 2005 03:08 PM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 released

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 logo

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 has been released. The award-winning Web browser is better than ever. Browse the Web with confidence - Firefox protects you from viruses, spyware and pop-ups. Enjoy improvements to performance, ease of use and privacy. It's easy to import your favorites and settings and get started. Download Firefox now and get the most out of the Web
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November 30, 2005 10:34 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 2.0 and Identity 2.0 and Firefox accelerating development cycle

Identity is part of Firefox 2.0 plan as described by Dan Farber of ZDNet in Firefox accelerating development cycle.

To advance that agenda, the Mozilla team, with more than 40 full-time employees, is going to be more aggressive in delivering new Firefox functionality than it has been in the past. Beard told me Mozilla will move to a more rapid product delivery model, in keeping with the pace the herd of Web 2.0 companies, as well as Microsoft's newfound faster "twitch" cycles. Rapid response to any critical issues. Security and stability updates every six to eight weeks. Major releases every six to nine months - Firefox 1.5 at the end of November, version 2.0 by mid-2006 and 3.0 in early 2007. Release of the Gecko rendering and layout engine every 12 to 15 months

Read more at ZDNet and at identity20

November 28, 2005 11:17 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Browser developers team up on security

Browser developers including Mozilla, Microsoft and Opera are seeking to create a standard method of providing surfers with more information about the trustworthiness of a website. Several developers met in Toronto last week to discuss ways to collaborate, although the talks are still at an early stage. The initiative aims to use the information provided in digital security certificates to help users identify phishing websites, which try to fool individuals into giving up sensitive information such as passwords and credit card numbers.
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Better Website Identification and Extended Validation Certificates in IE7 and Other Browsers
Today I want to tell you about both our established plan to highlight secure sites in IE7 but also to tell you about some early thinking in the industry about creating stronger standards for identity on the internet. IE7 will join other browsers like Firefox, Opera and Konqueror in making the experience for secure (HTTPS) sites more visible by moving the lock icon into the address bar. We think the address bar is also important for users to see in pop-up windows. A missing address bar creates a chance for a fraudster to forge an address of their own. To help thwart that, IE7 will show the address bar on all internet windows to help users see where they are. IE7 will also help users avoid fraudulent sites if users choose to use the Phishing Filter to check a site for known phishing activity.
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From the browser developers:
- Mozilla - CAs, certificates, and the SSL/TLS UI
- Opera - A Truce in the Browser Wars: Toronto Ideas Create Common Ground
- Konqueror - Web Browser Developers Work Together on Security

November 24, 2005 02:42 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 1.5 release party blev til pre-release komsammen

I går var jo en historisk dag. Historisk på flere måder. Det var jo i går at der blev afholdt release komsammen for Mozilla Firefox 1.5 på Øbaren i København.

For det første er det vel første gang at der er blevet afholdt en release komsammen for noget som endnu ikke er udkommet. Jeg var ellers blevet lovet af højt-på-strå folk fra at Mozilla Firefox 1.5 ville komme før Thanksgiving, som i år er i dag, nemlig den 24. november 2005. Men vi må altså vente et par dage endnu før Mozilla Firefox 1.5 bliver frigivet.

For det andet så er(bliver) Mozilla Firefox 1.5 historisk. Mozilla Firefox 1.5 bliver hurtigere, sikrere, bedre og mindre. I 1.5 er der bla automatisk opdatering af programmet, hurtigere frem og tilbage funktionalitet, meget bedre udvidelsesmodul håndtering, bedre sikring mod popups, helt nyt indstillinger vindue, osv osv. Læs mere om alle de mange forbedringer her.

Komsammen havde fået samlet en stor mængde af de danske kendisser. Blandt de fremmødte prominente gæster var bla Mr Kim Blim himself, Thomas Kenne aka Mr Medion, Andreas Hansen aka Mr CMS, Thomas Andersen aka Mr Captcha, Anders Hal aka Mr TV, Jakob Gertz aka Mr Danish Poker Solution, Ulrik Hindø aka Mr Brazil, Mr, Jan aka Mr Øl, Jesper Stocholm.

November 24, 2005 09:21 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

More cool checkins

Three new super cool features has just landed. But remember it's not gonna be included in Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird 1.5.

- Allow external source viewer/editor
A lot of people have been requsting this. Finally it has landed.

- Improve the alert notification for new mail
Now the subject and message text is shown in the new message alert. Check the screenshot

- Add a way to generate UUIDs
Would be nice if xpcom provided a way to programmatically generate UUIDs

November 22, 2005 09:26 AM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Windows Genuine Advantage supports Firefox

Lucky Mozilla Firefox on Windows users....
Microsoft Genuine Windows Validation process now works in Firefox and other Mozilla browsers. Firefox users can manually install the Windows Genuine Advantage validation Firefox plug-in available on Microsoft's website to complete the Windows validation process.

It's done via a plugin that you download. Read more

November 17, 2005 12:29 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsoft vs. Google and Firefox

By most measures, Firefox has had a pretty good year. The upstart browser celebrated its first birthday this week, less than a month after marking its 100 millionth download. Devoted followers have trumpeted its 8.65 percent market share, mostly at the expense of Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The response from the Windows empire has been largely a collective yawn. That could change quickly, however, given that Google seems to be sidling up to Firefox, a relationship that could bring back some bad memories for Microsoft veterans.
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November 11, 2005 01:32 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Nice checkins for the weekend

Once again a couple of nice checkins happened this week. Here I'll mentioned the ones that I find the most interesting:

I like cleanup bugs. The Mozilla code has a lot of areas that needs cleaning up, so I really like developers who take the time to cleanup the code instead of just adding new code.

Faster, faster, faster. Besides cleaning code I also like developers that check in code that simple put: makes Mozilla go faster.
Provide table-driven QI mechanism
This proves a significant codesize win on all platforms. The performance tests I was able to do are a little bit more ambiguous: Linux was a definite win (close to 8% speedup on a contrived looping testcase)

New unseen features are also very nice. This once will make a lot of users really happy. Folder Pane Popup over folders with unseen messages. A screenshot of the feature can be seen here.

Last but not least, making Mozilla more flexible is good. Add a reusable autocomplete result type that doesn't depend on Mork

November 10, 2005 05:51 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Product Strategy Proposal

This post sets out a proposed product and platform strategy developed over the last few weeks by Mozilla project staff and drivers that aims to enable innovative web experiences for consumers, accelerate the time-to-market for user-facing innovation, and improve the security and stability of our products.
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November 04, 2005 10:55 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Changed to tabs coming

Ben Goodger and the guys at Google have been doing some usability work on how people are using tabs. And the conclusion is that people are having some problems with them. Therefore Ben plans to make some changes to the way tabs works in Firefox amounts others "Put close buttons on the tabs", "Implement a simple heuristic for z-index handling", "consolidate the preferences for links sent from external applications".
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I wonder why Google are so interested in doing usability studies for tab browsing in Mozilla Firefox?

November 04, 2005 10:06 AM | Permalink | 16 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Utility functions for extensions in toolkit

Basically, my plan is to create a set of generic toolkit files to act as wrappers for commonly used functions, in order to facilitate simpler and more future-proof app and extension code.
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This is want I've been requesting for a long long time. Instead of extensions developers create their own functions to load and save prefs, create URLs etc these basic functions will be included in the tookit. The toolkit is a base which both Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird share.

There are some libraries that already provide function like this. Most known is the JSLib. But since JSLib is an extension it's not very practical. JSLib cant be include inside an extension due to namespace clash. I personally gave up on JSLib in my Launchy extension.

So as a Mozilla extension developer I'm looking forward to having these utility functions available.

November 03, 2005 04:26 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Changes to Mozilla web sites

Following on from the Foundation/Corporation split and in preparation for the Firefox 1.5 release, we'd like to significantly reorganize our web content over the next few weeks. The big picture is that we want to move to separate sites for the end user (, Foundation ( and developer ( audiences. Much of this plan is a continuation of what we've been doing to better organize our web site presence and to focus our content for specific users. Addons, SpreadFirefox, and Devmo are good examples of where we've made progress in the last year in better targeting our various audiences. and are next in line.
Read more about the proposed changes

November 01, 2005 10:29 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

More cairo merging

Vladimir has the latest about how the merging of the Cairo code is going. Read about the progress. Also read this entry which has some screenshots.

October 26, 2005 06:58 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mobility Email

Mobility Email is a powerful new way to use email. At the core of Mobility Email is Mozilla Thunderbird, the popular open source email client. It's loaded with extensions to provide OpenPGP encryption and signing, access to Hotmail, Yahoo!, Lycos and MailDotCom email accounts, and a simple way to quickly access your contacts. The best thing about Mobility Email is that you can take it anywhere with you on an iPod Shuffle (or any other USB device). Simply plug your USB key into any Windows computer in the world and you can start Mobility Email. With no installing or configuration you can use all your email and all your contacts.
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October 25, 2005 10:13 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 party i København

Nu da vores sidste Mozilla Firefox 1.0 release party var en kæmpe succes, skulle vi så ikke få taget os sammen til at fejre frigivelsen af Mozilla Firefox 1.5 når den nu kommer om en måneds tid? Det eneste du skal gøre er at møde op!

Er DU parat? Smid en kommetar eller send en mail til <spam snabel-a gemal prik dk>

Party'et, eller måske nærmere release komsammen'en, løber af stablen Onsdag den 23 november 2005 fra kl 16. Dvs et år og 4 dage efter Firefox 1.0 blev fejret. Du er mere end velkommen til at sende denne invitation videre i systemet, således vi får samlet så mange som muligt.

Release party'et for Mozilla Firefox 1.5 vil, ligesom sidst, blive fejret på Ølbaren i København. Du kan iøvrigt se billeder fra det sidste release party her

Du vil her have mulighed for at møde nogle af de mange andre som bruger Mozilla Firefox og måske også et par af dem der er med til at udvikle Mozilla.

October 24, 2005 02:28 PM | Permalink | 9 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox-One takes back the sky

The Oregon State Linux Users Group, with the help of the Oregon Space Grant Consortium (OSGC), launched a balloon satellite to celebrate 100 million Firefox downloads. The balloon carried a Firefox banner up to 100,000 feet before exploding and parachuting back to earth. This was our successful attempt at topping the 50 million download stunt.
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Watch the pictures

October 24, 2005 09:57 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

One thing I really miss in Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird

Most of the things I miss in the "official" Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird I have been able to get through the use of extensions. Extension rocks!

But one of the things I really miss is Roaming Profile.
A roaming profile is a collection of user settings which can be seamlessly shared between different machines or applications, or different instances of the same application. This can be useful for users who wish to work in a familiar environment regardless of the specific machine or application they make use of, and who have personal data to which they always wish to have access.

I use Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird both at work and at home. So I like my work and home profile to be in sync. So postings in newsgroups isn't marked as new just because I connect from home if I already read the postings at work. And websites aren't marked as visited at work if I already visited them at home. And my bookmarks are the same, etc.

Currently my solution to this problem is very basic. Just before I leave work I copy the files I need to a remote server. And before I start Mozilla Firefox at home I copy the files from the remote server and vica versa.

Roaming profiles are currently available in Mozilla SeaMonkey but it hasn't been ported to Mozilla Firefox yet. The backend for roaming profiles are there (I think) but the UI isn't working on Mozilla Firefox. Perhaps the roaming profile should be made as an extension.

Relavant bugs are bug 249343 and 310158

October 20, 2005 11:02 AM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

My profile directory is weighing in at 13 Mb

Not that diskspace matters. It's so cheap, but anyways. The size of my profile directory is now over 13 Mb. This is of course without my cache directory which I moved outside of my profile directory using the browser.cache.disk.parent_directory pref.

For what the directories and files inside of your profile directory are used for, please turn to this page.

For the directories inside my profile directory:
- bookmarkbackups is 4 Mb
- extensions is 1.5 Mb. I have 21 extensions installed.
- searchplugins is 2 Kb
- chrome is 280 bytes

For the files inside my profile directory:
- history.dat is 4.5 Mb. I'm saving 60 days of history
- formhistory.dat is 850 Kb
- bookmarks.html and bookmarks.bak are 800 Kb
- hostperm.1 is 155 Kb
- compreg.dat is 140 Kb
- xpti.dat is 87 Kb
- cookies.txt is 86Kb
- cert8.db is 65 Kb
- signons.txt is 55 Kb
- localstore.rdf is 43 Kb
- extensions.rdf is 36 Kb
- prefs.js is 29 Kb
- mimeTypes.rdf is 26 Kb
- key3.db is 24 Kb
- secmod.db is 16 Kb
- extensions.ini is 2 Kb
- extensions-startup.manifest is 2 Kb
- extensions.cache is 2 Kb
- search.rdf is 670 bytes
- downloads.rdf is 410 bytes
- compatibility.ini is 130 bytes

October 20, 2005 08:36 AM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Netscape 8.0.4 out

Netscape on Wednesday released a new version of Netscape 8 to bring the Web browser up to date on security patches with the underlying Firefox software. Netscape 8.0.4 includes the fixes that have been made in the Firefox browser, according to the update's release notes. That means it has all patches through Firefox version 1.0.7, which was made available by Mozilla last month.
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They also seem to have launched

October 20, 2005 07:52 AM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Flock social web browser version 0.5 has landed

Flock social browserA public release of the Flock social web browser is imminent. It's coming. Are you hyped? Are you even following the breadcrumb trail back to the Flock base? We covered Flock in early September: Flock - Social Formation Browsing. A fitting title for the browser - built atop the solid Mozilla engine - being vigorously coded by Flockr's running on nothing but blue. I was fortunate enough to try the 0.2 release. Since then, a 0.5 release is migrating across the net.
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October 18, 2005 01:16 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox and Thunderbird gets SupportSoft service automation technology

SupportSoft, Inc., a provider of Real-Time Service Management software, and Mozilla Corp., have teamed up to add features to the Mozilla products and thus aim to enhance end-user experience. The patented SupportSoft SupportTriggers functionality has been included in Mozilla's product offerings to provide the estimated 45 million individuals that use the Firefox browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird email client with a better and more reliable user experience, claim both the companies. SupportTriggers provides support organizations, software development teams and service providers with the ability to embed automated technical support capability directly into a business application or service, without changing the source code. Both the products will incorporate the SupportTriggers technology, which is designed to automatically respond at the time application problems occur and then, offers to proactively report the problem to Mozilla.
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October 18, 2005 01:06 PM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozdev Shop Open For Business

Brian King writes:
I'm happy to announce that the Mozdev shop is open for business. I wrote a couple of weeks back how we were using the Spreadshirt service. There is a N.American shop and a European shop, but we'll try to accomodate people outside those zones soon. Currrently we have only 4 designs, but will be adding more as we go. Let us know your ideas and preferences for designs. The shops have a good choice of merchandise, including t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, bags, and more. And you can design your own styles and colours! All proceeds from the shop will be going directly back into to maintain and improve the site for the Mozilla community.
Visit the shop

October 11, 2005 11:06 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox Tweak Guide

The Firefox Tweak Guide has been updated once again so that all the tweaks in the guide are also compatible with Firefox 1.5 Beta.

Whether you're a first-time user or a veteran, this Firefox Tweak Guide brings together all the major tips, tricks and tweaks for Firefox. From the basic to the advanced, the following 11 pages of information are sure to enhance your Firefox experience. Most of all you can rest assured that the guide is not written by a raving Firefox fanboy - it's a true objective TweakGuides tweak guide, and not a gushing ad for a free web browser.

Read the tweak guide

October 11, 2005 07:51 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

GoogleOffice / GoogleBrowser / GoogleCalendar / GoogleSomething

Now that Google and Sun has formed an alliance with Sun people are talking about what Google is up to. Actually they have been talking about that for ages. But the alliance adds to all the conspiracy talks about Google.

But it would be very strange if Google wasn't doing anything Gecko related, since they now employ 6 Mozilla/Gecko people including Ben Goodger, Brian Ryner, Darin Fisher, Mike Pinkerton and Ian Hickson. Perhaps we'll see a XUL version of Gmail? Or the most talked about Gbrowser? Or a XUL Gcalendar?

So what's the deal between Sun and Google all about?
Currently this is was they said:
The two companies announced simply that they would collaborate on work on Sun's, Java and OpenSolaris, and Google's Toolbar. Sun will, in the immediate future, make Google's toolbar a standard part of the package when users download Sun's Java Runtime Environment from the server seller's Web site.

There's plenty to read about the new alliance:
- Google and Sun deal: That's it?
- GoogleOffice: A Microsoft Office killer?
- Google-Sun pact brainchild of Sun engineer
- The Google Office I'd Go For
- Domains Registered to Google Inc.

October 05, 2005 12:00 PM | Permalink | 6 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Netscape to Ship on New HP Computers

AOL subsidiary Netscape has signed the first non-IE browser distribution deal with a major PC manufacturer since the late 90s. Starting early next year, Hewlett-Packard will ship Netscape 8 on all new PCs and laptops, with customized tabs leading to HP and Compaq Web destinations. However, Internet Explorer will remain an option for HP customers. During initial setup, an option will be presented to select Netscape as the system's default browser. Icons to launch Netscape will be placed on the Windows desktop and Start Menu. "Netscape 8.0 was designed to give consumers a choice, and we are delighted that consumers who buy new HP and Compaq consumer PCs will be able to choose the Netscape browser for a safer and highly compatible browsing experience," said Jeremy Liew, General Manager of Netscape.
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October 03, 2005 11:32 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Opera tunes up to overtake Firefox

Opera is looking to mobilise its existing community of users in order to overtake Firefox as the number two browser on the desktop. Last week, Opera decided to give away an ad-free version of its browser for the first time. Jon von Tetzchner, chief exec of Opera Software, said that by removing the inclusion of banner ads from the free version of its browser the company had removed the biggest reason users might have for avoiding its software. The Norwegian software developer claims 2.4m downloads of the ad-free version of the browser since 20 September, when Opera made the big move. von Tetzchner disputes figures from web analytics firms which put Opera's browser market share down at around 2-3 per cent or lower while Firefox has a market share of around 8.8 per cent. These figures can be misleading because users can change Opera to present itself as Internet Explorer to gain access to sites that fail to follow web standards.
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October 03, 2005 01:31 PM | Permalink | 6 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Checkin of the week

A small collection of some of the most important checkins that has happend during the last week:

Extension manager should use xpinstall crypto hashes
This bug makes it possible for extension developers to add hashes to theirs update.rdf files to protect against mirror network hacks. Basically in your update.rdf file you add a entry like this one <em:updateHash>sha256:3e2fad5911cd757bf8a01f155c3c00db558266d9ed4cb3ba6a59b8d6d3b106b8</em:updateHash>
This is the hash value of the XPI file provide in the update.rdf file. You can specify sha256, md5 and others. Check this patch for more info. More information about this can be found in this and this bug. If you try to update Slashy using the latest nightly build you will be using this feature.

Remove UI for 'Load Images for the originating web site only' pref
Seems like this options confused more people than it helped

September 29, 2005 02:52 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsoft copying XUL? Avalon Everywhere? Cross-platform Microsoft?

Another interesting announcement here at PDC is that Microsoft is creating a subset of their cool, fancy pants UI layer (formerly code-named Avalon, now WPF) on other platforms, including the Mac! In fact, one of the demos involved showing vector graphics rendered in Safari using a Microsoft plug-in. This subset, called WPF/E, will be powered by XAML (their XML dialect for representing the UI) and JavaScript. Sound familiar? Yes, that's right -- Microsoft also announced a Dashboard clone for Windows Vista. Microsoft will never port .NET to other major operating systems, but to have a subset of Avalon available on other platforms is a bit of a curveball. In fact, in light of Firefox and Safari's upcoming support of SVG and Canvas (and in the future, 3D functionality), this move makes sense; Microsoft wants to provide their own proprietary solution to cut off this new cross-platform initiative. Also, Microsoft's Ajax framework, Atlas, will target WPF/E. The WPF/E subset of Avalon will include all of the Avalon features (vector graphics, animations, etc.) less 3D, some of their XPS features (XPS == Microsoft PDF clone), and hardware acceleration. In a WPF/E session, someone asked if Microsoft's WPF/E plug-in will be available in Firefox; the speaker dodged the question ("We hope such support will emerge..."). My first reaction to WPF/E is frankly disappointment that they wouldn't just embrace SVG, though what I've seen of 2D XAML makes it look a while lot like SVG with different attribute names and various other differences. I wonder if XSLT will do the trick there... Lack of many of the Avalon features in WPF/E, notably hardware acceleration, really makes it seem that the strategy is to make apps work on other platforms, but make them work poorly compared to Windows -- motivating users to switch to a Windows platform.
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September 28, 2005 03:50 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Best way to get location from inside a extension

Somehow I cant believe I'm asking this question, since it should be documented and used in almost every extension but there seems to be an almost endless way to get the URL of the current document. So my question is:

What's the recommended way from chrome of getting the URL of the current document being displayed in a window?
My requirements are that the answer works in both the current Mozilla SeaMonkey and Mozilla Firefox. If a page consists of frames or iframes it must return the top URL.

A couple of possible answers:
- document.location.href
- window.document.location
- window.location.href
- document.url
- getBrowser().mCurrentBrowser.currentURI.spec
- gBrowser().mCurrentBrowser.currentURI.spec
- content.location
- ?

Can you come up with the ultimate JavaScript code that does this?

What if I need to scan through all the links on the current loaded document when I right click on a page?

September 27, 2005 06:43 PM | Permalink | 13 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Extensions I use - part 4

It's time for a updated list of my previous posting here. These are the extensions I use, not just the ones I have installed.

Firefox Extensions
  • Console2 - replaces the JavaScript Console with what could be the next generation Error Console
  • Copy URL+ - Copies to clipboard the document's URL along with the title or the selected text
  • CuteMenus - Adds icons to menus and popups
  • Inspect Element - Inspect an element with the DOM Inspector
  • InfoLister - Lists installed extensions and themes
  • Linky - Open/download/validate links and pictures in tabs or windows
  • Live HTTP headers - View HTTP headers of a page and while browsing
  • LastTab - Allows tab navigation in a most recently used manner.
  • Linkification - Converts text links into genuine, clickable links.
  • Location Navigator - Tools used to navigate up/down through the numeric portion of a location
  • Link Toolbar - A site-navigation toolbar
  • Launchy - Open links and mailto's with external applications like Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Outlook etc
  • OpenBook - Allows for customization of the Add Bookmark dialog
  • ProxyButton - ProxyButton creates a toolbar button to quickly turn proxy on and off
  • RestartFirefox - Restart Firefox with a quick access File - Menu item
  • Slashy - Fixes Windows backslash file separators in links and images
  • SessionSaver - Magically restores your last browsing session
  • Web Developer - Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools
September 26, 2005 11:15 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox faces challenges as it matures

When Version 1.0 of Firefox was released last November (see "Mozilla launches Firefox 1.0 browser"), it caused a sensation as a seemingly more secure and more feature-rich alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s ubiquitous Internet Explorer, which for years had held a market share north of 90% -- and which Microsoft had barely bothered to improve. Since then, Firefox has achieved what no other browser had accomplished in years: It attained a significant market share at IE's expense. Firefox now holds a market share of between 7% and 9%, according to various market research estimates. But as Firefox nears its first birthday, its maker, the Mozilla Foundation, faces significant challenges, analysts said. These include quickly discovering and fixing security vulnerabilities, competing against an upcoming IE upgrade and broadening Firefox's user base beyond its core of technically savvy users. The stream of Firefox security vulnerabilities uncovered in recent months is par for the course for a young software product (see "Symantec report sparks safe-browser debate"). But it may disappoint users who switched to Firefox expecting it to be immune to security holes.
Read the article

September 20, 2005 10:20 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla hits back at browser security claim

Mozilla is in much better shape than Microsoft when it comes to fixing security problems, claims the organisation
Mozilla has reacted to a Symantec report issued on Monday which said serious vulnerabilities were being found in Mozilla's browsers faster than in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The study was conducted over the first six months of 2005. Tristan Nitot, president of Mozilla Europe, hit back by claiming on Monday that when a vulnerability is found Mozilla's "ability to react, find a solution and put it into the user's hands is better than Microsoft." Nitot said that Mozilla's reaction time was faster than Microsoft's. "If you look at our ability to respond, we are in much better shape. On 6 September an IDN buffer issue was reported to Mozilla. On 8 September it was publicly disclosed. We ask our developers not to mention any problems until we have a fix for them, but for some reason he went public. On 9 September we had a configuration change that disabled the IDN problem, that users could implement manually, or they could use a patch. Within ten days we had a newer version that was fixed completely."
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September 20, 2005 04:30 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Opera is free

Opera Eliminates Ad Banner and Licensing Fee
Opera Software today permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its award-winning Web browser. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download - completely free of charge. "Today we invite the entire Internet community to use Opera and experience Web browsing as it should be," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Removing the ad banner and licensing fee will encourage many new users to discover the speed, security and unmatched usability of the Opera browser." Opera was previously available free of charge with an ad banner. Users had the option of paying a licensing fee to remove the ad banner and receive premium support.
Read the press release

September 20, 2005 12:38 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Minimo Support for PPC Devices

Doug has an interesting write up on Minimo support for PPC devices.
We make every effort to produce working builds of Minimo for your Windows CE PPC 2003 device. However, there are some devices that we just can't get to work properly. It may be that I don't have a device like yours to test against. Or it may be that there is some memory map problem which I will describe. The core of the problem is that on this device we run out of address space for some reason. Minimo (including support libraries) today is a bit over 10mb of code, data, text. Each process on Windows CE is allowed 32MB of address space to use. So what gives? My guess is that XIP ROM-based DLLs are laid down breaking up the address space so there isn't a contiguous range where we can load our code.

Doug hopes that bringing the memory usage down in Minimo will not only help Minimo users but also Firefox users:
There are two independent solutions. First we will further reduce the size of Minimo were possible. This will be an ongoing task and one that I hope will benefit not only all minimo users, but also all FireFox users too. I do not expect we will get there over night.

Read the posting

September 20, 2005 08:55 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsoft looks to spread authentication technology to Firefox

Looking to ease the way customers manage their digital identities, Microsoft has begun working to integrate its InfoCard authentication technology with Internet Explorer and is in discussions with the Firefox and Safari browser developers to have them include the technology on their platforms. According to Microsoft officials, InfoCard integration could show up in Internet Explorer 7.0 even though InfoCard is currently not on the feature list. The goal is to improve security and privacy on the Internet using the InfoCard model, which puts users in control of their personal identity information and would eliminate the need for user names and passwords to sign into a Web site. "We are still working on if there is enough time to get this done" for Internet Explorer 7, says Michael Stephenson, Microsoft's group product manager for Windows Server. "We expect many different applications, smart apps, Web apps and browsers, to use InfoCard. Our own browser will take advantage of it."
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Mike Shaver writes about this and has written about this before.

September 19, 2005 11:43 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Win32 backend renderer revisited

Currently the backend rendering engine in Mozilla Firefox on Windows is using GDI+. People have been talking about replacing GDI+ with Cairo as the rendering engine. Cairo is a free software graphics library with multiple backends, that provides a vector-based device-independent API for software developers.

Until now the main problem has been performance. Cairo was not as fast as GDI+. But this might seem to have change with the latest release of Cairo. Tim Rowley (tor) has made some new benchmarks which indicates that a switch to Cairo might happen soon.

Tor writes:
Things look quite a bit better than last time, enough that it's tempting to switch from GDI+ to Cairo for Firefox 1.5. It would make all the platforms behave the same, remove the support issue of people without the GDI+ library (anyone pre-WinXP), and fix some rendering issues that can't be addressed otherwise, like the reflect/repeat modes of radial gradients.

Read the blog entry

September 16, 2005 08:56 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Linky and Launchy for latest Firefox and Thunderbird releases

I'm working on getting both Linky and Launchy updated so that they work with the latest release of Firefox and Thunderbird.
In the meantime you can download versions with an updated maxversion string here:
- Launchy
- Linky

September 15, 2005 09:38 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Killer Buzz Flocks to New Browser

Perhaps the world does not need another web browser -- but it may want Bart Decrem's. Decrem and a small cadre of programmers in Palo Alto, California, have spent this summer quietly readying Flock, an open-source browser, for an early October beta launch. Several members of the team, including Decrem, hail from the Mozilla Foundation, which produced the Firefox browser upon which Flock is built. Flock advertises itself as a "social browser," meaning that the application plays nicely with popular web services like Flickr, Technorati and Flock also features widely compliant WYSIWYG, drag-and-drop blogging tools. The browser even promises to detect and authenticate all those user accounts automatically. It's a clear attempt to be the browser of choice for the Web 2.0 user.
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Flock has landed. We're introducing the world's most innovative social browsing experience. We call it the two-way web. Over the next few weeks, we'll be seeding invites to a few lucky folks.

Flock screenshots

September 15, 2005 09:16 AM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsofts browser slide continues

A little bit about the Firefox marked share.

For the 10th consecutive month, the popularity of Microsoft'' Internet Explorer Web browser has declined. Netscape's browser showed the strongest growth in market share in August, rising 33% to a 2.02% share, according to NetApplications, a Web-site analysis company.
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Firefox still holds clout on Internet
Despite the first hack-attack reported against it, Firefox, the nifty little open-source Internet browser, continues to hold sway around the world, taking users away from Microsoft's Internet Explorer, a new survey has shown. According to NetApplications, a website analysis company, Firefox, which is offered through Mozilla Corp., had a market share of 8.27 per cent in August, up from 8.07 per cent in July. On the other hand, the Internet Explorer, continued its slide in the market, dropping to 86.31 per cent from 87.2 per cent.
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Firefox, Netscape, and Safari all gained market share at Internet Explorer's expense
IE lost market share as Firefox, Apple Computer Inc.'s Safari; and America Online Inc.'s Netscape gained. Safari rose to 2.2 percent from 2.13 percent in July, while Netscape posted the biggest gain to 2.02 percent from 1.5 percent. "Firefox isn't the only interesting story in August, with Safari and Netscape on the rise, Internet Explorer faced an offensive on three separate fronts," Phil Vizzaccaro, chief executive of NetApplications, said in a statement.
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September 13, 2005 10:19 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

MSDN Opens Up to Firefox and Opera

MSDN announced last week that it had tweaked its subscriber download site in order to make it compatible with both Firefox and Opera. There are some issues, such as extra work needed in installing the File Transfer Manager, however developers are working on a new version of the FTM that should correct final problems.
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September 13, 2005 10:09 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Why Firefox Could Improve Your Life on the Internet

So what's all the excitement about? Well, for one, Firefox is a very nice browser. It's fast loading with a clean look. It's easy to use and comes with some very nice features. The one you'll notice right away is tabbed browsing. That is the ability to have a single browser window hold multiple sites that you access by clicking tabs instead of having multiple windows open at the same time. If you haven't tried tabbed browsing you should download Firefox just to see how nice it is and wonder how you lived without it.
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September 06, 2005 08:54 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

What's new in Firefox 1.5 Beta 1

This page lists the improvements in Gecko 1.8 branch builds (as of September 2, 2005) over Deer Park Alpha 2. One of these builds will soon become "Firefox 1.5 Beta 1", which is scheduled to be released September 8. Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 includes several key security improvements: splitting windows into inner and outer objects, enabling XPCNativeWrappers by default for extensions, and improving the application update system to make it easier for users to keep Firefox up to date. Several security holes have been fixed as well.
Read the Unofficial Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 changelog

September 03, 2005 11:40 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla as a Development Platform: An Interview with Axel Hecht

Axel Hecht is a member of Mozilla Europe's board of directors, and a major contributor to the Mozilla project, working on XSLT and RDF, among other things. At O'Reilly's European Open Source Convention (October 17-20), Dr. Hecht will be talking about Mozilla as a development platform. O'Reilly Network interviewed Dr. Hecht to find out if the long-held dream of Mozilla as a development platform was about to come true.
Read the interview

September 03, 2005 11:33 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Forms Corporate Subsidiary - Mozilla Corp.

The nonprofit Mozilla Foundation that organizes the development of the Firefox Web browser said Wednesday it has formed a corporate subsidiary not to make money but to better focus its activities. "The Mozilla Corp. is not a typical commercial entity," Mitchell Baker said. "Rather it is dedicated to the public benefit goal at the heart of the Mozilla project, which is to keep the Internet open and available to everyone. With this reorganization, the Mozilla Foundation will look much more like the Apache Foundation than it currently does.". Mozilla Corp. will work mainly on developing and delivering free software products such as the Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail program. The foundation will manage the projects, set policies and organize relationships among developers.

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August 03, 2005 08:53 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox and Skype integration

It looks like Mozilla Firefox is gonna get yet another high profile extension. This time it's Skype. While we have no official announcement Nvu developer Daniel Glazman kind of announced the Skyfox extension in his blog today. Who wants a basic Skype integration into Firefox? was all that Daniel Glazman had to say.

Skype is a little program for making free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. It's free and easy to download and use, and works with most computers.

July 24, 2005 08:55 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox 1.1 scraped; will be 1.5

Mozilla foundation has decided to increase the version number of the next major release to 1.5 from 1.1, reflecting the sheer number of bug fixes and features that have been worked into the next version of the browser.

We are planning for a Firefox 2.0 and 3.0, but will divide the planned work over (at this point) three major Milestones, 1.5 (September 2005), 2.0 (unscheduled) and 3.0 (unscheduled). All major development work will be done on the Mozilla trunk, and these releases will coincide with Gecko version revs.

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Mozilla Firefox roadmap

July 21, 2005 10:32 AM | Permalink | 10 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

UMO (a.k.a. getting up to speed again

My last blog about UMO was not very positive.

But now it seems that UMO is getting somewhere. Scott Kveton writes:
I wanted to pass along the information that Rafael Ebron is going to be heading up the development of UMO (a.k.a. effective immediately. Rafael brings with him experience from the Netscape SmartUpdate project as well as being a full-time Mozilla Foundation staff member. He is going to be an excellent leader of this project.
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July 12, 2005 08:48 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Looking for zip versions of releases of Mozilla Firefox

I never really understood why Mozilla Foundation stopped making zip versions of releases. Using the installer changes my Windows registry and I don't want that! Can I use the installer without it touching my Windows registry at all?

I use the releases to test my extensions with and now I need a zip version of Mozilla Firefox 1.0.4 in both en-US and da-DK. Can anybody directory me to a place where I can download these releases? I'm talking about Windows versions only.

July 11, 2005 07:08 PM | Permalink | 20 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

IDN punycode display by top level domain

According to Gerv's blog:
Mozilla Foundation products now only display IDNs in a whitelist of TLDs, which have policies stating what characters are permitted, and procedures for making sure that no homographic domains are registered to two different entities.
More information in the bug report and in this document.

July 07, 2005 11:27 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox bookmarks in for a rewrite

This is great great news! Perhaps I can add a Launchy overlay to the bookmarks after the rewrite. Today it seems impossible due to the mess of the bookmark code.

Sometime in the next few months, I plan to completely redo bookmarks in Firefox. The current bookmark code is an antique, and not a well-cared-for one. The first order of business is to come up with a list of things that we'd like to be able to do with bookmarks, and then to create a data API that can support all these things in a fairly generic fashion. Gone is RDF; it serves no purpose other than template generation (and code obfuscation) in the current code, and the template generation will be handled nicely in the future with Neil's new-world templating.

It seems like the new bookmark code will be using the super cool Unified Storage (mozStorage) which is a database like storage feature that is going to be used in Gecko 1.9 aka Mozilla 2.0.
There's also been talk about moving both the cache and the cookie data into mozStorage.

Read the blog entry
From the wiki: Bookmarks Data API and Bookmarks Use Cases

July 06, 2005 08:41 AM | Permalink | 11 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Update (UMO) going nowhere?

I had big hopes for the next generation of Mozilla Update but apparently I have to wait a long time for it to happen. I've almost given up updating umo with my own extensions because of the bad GUI. Alan Starr blogs about UMO 2.0
Read his blog entry

July 05, 2005 07:37 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Nvu 1.0 released!

Daniel writes that Nvu 1.0 has been released!

Nvu is a complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver. Nvu is based on Gecko , the layout engine inside Mozilla ; it's a super-fast, very reliable, standards conformant engine maintained on a daily basis by a wide community of developers. Its remarkable support of XML, CSS and JavaScript offers the best authoring platform on the market. Its architecture based on XUL makes it the most extensible editing tool ever.

Nvu HTML Editor

Big thanks to Daniel Glazman from Disruptive Innovations for bringing us Nvu!

June 29, 2005 09:04 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Only 5.88% Mozilla Firefox users in Denmark

According to this browser statistic from Adtech, Denmark is behind the other European countries when it comes to adopting the Mozilla Firefox users. Only 5.88% of the internet users of Denmark use Mozilla Firefox. This is very disappointing! Other studies show some of the same. In Danish

So if you live in Denmark, why don't you promote Mozilla Firefox even more at your work, school, home, parents, friends, etc.

June 27, 2005 05:09 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Review: Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Eudora

No money for e-mail software? You've got three free - and effective - choices: Outlook Express, Thunderbird, or Eudora. If you have Windows, you already have Outlook Express. Don't want it? Well, for no cost or obligation to send money later, you have the option to download Thunderbird from the Mozilla Foundation or a free version of Eudora from Qualcomm. Which of these three you end up using will depend on what you want from an e-mail client.

Outlook Express offers the bare necessities, but if you want to move beyond that, you're going to want to choose either Thunderbird or Eudora. Thunderbird's strongest point is its expandability through user-supplied extensions that you can download. It's also the only application that includes a spam filter, and will be attractive to open-source advocates. However, if you're looking for a strong, full-featured program, don't mind a reasonable learning curve, and can live with the ads, then the Sponsored mode of Eudora is your choice.
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June 27, 2005 02:11 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Support for Mac OS X 10.1 Officially Dropped

Support for Mac OS X 10.1.x has been dropped. Current CVS code (including the forthcoming Firefox 1.1) will not run correctly if at all on 10.1.x for any products. See bug 298430 for details. Don't spam that bug with complaints please - its done. This is a great move as far as I'm concerned.
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June 23, 2005 02:03 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Gratis foredrag om udvidelsessystemet i Mozilla Firefox

Hvordan laver jeg min egen extension i Mozilla Firefox? Hvis du har stillet dig selv det spørgsmål, så har du nu, ganske gratis, muligheden for at få svaret.

På tirsdag den 21. juni 2005 kl. 19.00 holder jeg et foredrag omkring udvidelsessystemet i Mozilla Firefox. Jeg vil gennemgå opsætning af udviklingsmiljø, hvordan man bruger overlays, indstillinger i dine extensions, test samt kigge på nogle af de typiske problemer.

Program og anden information om mødet kan findes på

Det gratis foredrag afholdes på:
Fruebjergvej 3
2100 København Ø
Lokale M4

Slides fra foredraget samt mit extension toolkit kan downloades her

June 18, 2005 08:49 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox may face trademark issues

The Debian development community is currently hotly debating whether the Mozilla Foundation's strict trademarks policy violates Debian's social contract. However, in a twist, it appears Mozilla has not received approval for the Firefox trademarks yet, and the Firefox name may already be taken in the UK and Germany. The foundation has not applied for the Thunderbird trademark anywhere yet.
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June 17, 2005 10:55 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Integrate Firefox with other tools = Launchy the veritable Swiss Army knife

My extension Launchy is mentioned in this article.

The Launchy extension is a veritable Swiss Army knife when it comes to integrating Firefox with other programs. It provides you with a new context menu for pages, links, and images, giving you the ability to open these items in any of dozens of recognized external programs. On Windows, these programs are all discovered automatically, but you can customize the list and even add your own on any operating system. Launchy is an ideal way to handle all kinds of integration points that are otherwise unavailable in Firefox. For instance, if you want to edit the current Web page, you can use the Launchy context menu to send the page source to Mozilla Composer or NVu. If you're on a page with an extremely large image, you can send it to Photoshop for better viewing or editing with a single click.

If you're moving over to Firefox from Mozilla, you've surely noticed how Firefox is built to be a sleeker, faster browsing engine. It accomplishes this in part by shedding all of its counterparts from the Mozilla Suite, including an email/news client, composer, and chat client. But that doesn't mean this functionality is no longer available. With a few extensions -- or with no work at all -- you can make Firefox integrate with your email client as though it were still part of a suite. You don't have to stop there, either; at least one valuable extension gives you the power to connect Firefox with virtually any program on your system.
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June 16, 2005 10:42 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox now represents one-third of total traffic, Inc., a leader in web-based shopping, announced that it is now optimizing its site to better address its growing Mozilla/Firefox client base. While dealnews' site traffic doubled in the past year, its percentage of Mozilla Firefox 1.0 web browser users has increased fourfold and now represents one-third of its total traffic. Firefox, which is produced by the Mozilla Foundation, is a free web browser that has been widely praised for its stability and innovative tabbed browsing feature. John Allen, Dealnews' Director of Marketing, said, "By nature, our site tends to attract a more technically sophisticated audience. Over the past year, we have seen unprecedented acceptance of the Firefox browser among our readers. While overall our site traffic has increased 100 percent in the past 12 months, Microsoft Internet Explorer traffic has only grown 50 percent. Firefox traffic has increased 400 percent. Fully 35 percent of our traffic in May was from Firefox or a Mozilla-compatible client. We feel this is significant trend and have taken steps to ensure our site is fully optimized for use with this web browser."
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June 15, 2005 10:28 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Basics of new filter actions like auto reply, forward, bounce checked in

David Bienvenu has done it again. This time with a supernice checkin that many people have requested. New filter actions: Auto reply, forward, bounce

You can now using a message filter forward your email to another account and use a auto reply. The auto reply feature is implemented using message templates. So first you create a message template. Then you create a message filter and use the template as reply template. Way cool.

I use server side filters but some people might not have access to server side filters and now Mozilla Thunderbird support very strong client side filters.

Screenshot of new filter action:
Mozilla Thunderbird filter action

June 14, 2005 10:27 AM | Permalink | 6 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Important extension checkins

Some really nice fixed for extensions developers has just been checked into Mozilla Firefox 1.1:

Ability to restrict to compatible operating systems
If your extension only works on Windows you can now have this in your install.rdf file:

Allow extensions to ship searchplugins
Search plugins are currently located in the searchplugins directory which is a sub directory of the Mozilla Firefox program folder. So if you wanted to add a search plugin you had to add it there. So if you removed Mozilla Firefox and reinstalled all your user installed search plugins would be lost. But now extensions can contain search plugins. They should be placed in <extensionguid>/searchplugins.

No way of installing platform specific XPCOM components (dll/so) based on user OS.
You can now specify in your install.rdf file which files should be installed on which OS'es. Nice for people who are distributing XPCOM components as parts of their extensions.

June 08, 2005 09:28 AM | Permalink | 8 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Playboy is official mirror site for Firefox and Thunderbird

I kind of thought this is a bit cool/funny:

Instead of visiting some dry, boring Web site to download your favorite open source software, why not put some spice in your life and get it from Playboy? is even an official mirror site for Firefox and Thunderbird, says Playboy Unix administrator Tim Yocum. He wanted to give something back to the community from which his company has drawn so deeply.
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June 07, 2005 05:43 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Checkins of the week

I don't really use this but a lot of people have asked for this feature so here it is. Mozilla Firefox, in nightly builds and eventually in Mozilla Firefox 1.1, will support drag-and-drop reordering of tabs. The patch just landed today so the we, the users of nightly builds, will be seeing this feature tomorrow or the day after.

Another really cool and important checkin is the landing of the groundwork for the new Software Update Service. The new Software Update Service will support binary patching and I think it's based on bsdiff and bspatch. This will allow Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird to be updated with security patches without having to download an entire new version. It will be possible to apply patches. Great work from Ben Goodger, Benjamin Smedberg and Darin Fisher. Screenshot here

June 07, 2005 09:02 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Suite aka Mozilla Application Suite aka Mozilla 1.x is changing name to SeaMonkey

Mozilla Suite, to some also known as Mozilla 1.x or Mozilla Application Suite, is gonna be renamed to SeaMonkey. The work to rebrand the installer is almost done. Note that it's spelled SeaMonkey and not Seamonkey. And it's not Mozilla SeaMonkey. It's just SeaMonkey.

"Mozilla Mail" is gonna be named "SeaMonkey Mail" and even the executable is gonna be renamed from mozilla.exe to seamonkey.exe.

It doesn't come as a big surprise. The Bugzilla re-organization a couple of months back created just such a name. But incorrectly spelled it Seamonkey. Oh no, are we gonna see another product misspelling chaos. Just like we're seeing with Firefox by some spelled FireFox? Just look at this page. We have both "Sea Monkey" and "Seamonkey"

The Mozilla Foundation has earlier announced that there won't be any more official releases of the Mozilla Application Suite now named SeaMonkey, but they will provide infrastructure for community members who wish to continue development. SeaMonkey survival will need a new team that cares about that product and that will take over the lead for its development. Read more about SeaMonkey.

And for those of you who ask "what is a seamonkey?" Well here's one.

Update: Please read this update

June 06, 2005 09:10 AM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

New roadmap coming

A blog entry at Brendan Eich's blog details the new Mozilla roadmap. There's some interesting things coming especially in terms for the graphics engine in Mozilla.
Read the blog post and understand where Mozilla is taking you in the near future

June 01, 2005 09:27 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Canvas demo for Mozilla Firefox Deer Park Alpha 1

As some of you know Mozilla Firefox 1.1 is gonna have support for the <canvas> tag. The canvas element represents a resolution-dependent bitmap canvas, which can be used for rendering graphs, game graphics, or other visual images on the fly. If you're running a nightly build of Mozilla Firefox or the Deer Park Alpha 1 you should check out this cool demo.

June 01, 2005 08:33 AM | Permalink | 11 Comments

Firefox about to get IE on its knees

It looks like Firefox is unstoppable. In spite of the vulnerabilities discovered lately, the open-source browser continues to rise in the top of the user's preferences. According to W3schools, a site known amongst web developers, Firefox reached a market share of 25%, while Internet Explorer plummeted to 64.8%. If we take into consideration the entire browsing solutions suite, Mozilla Foundation now owns a market share of almost 30%. A study of the Secunia security company shows that regardless of all the security bugs recently discovered, the users haven't lost their faith in the "Internet's sly fox", but quite the opposite, the speed at which the open-source developers took care of these problems was highly appreciated. In November 2004, Internet Explorer had a market share of 95%, in January this year it had dropped to 84.1%, and now, according to the w3schools website, the "almighty" browser's share of the market reached 64.8%.
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Now that the web developers (the primary users of W3schools) are using Mozilla Firefox we still have a big task ahead of use in getting the normal users to use Mozilla Firefox. People who dont care about security or understands it. People who dont care about W3C standards but just wants web sites to work. People who are not among the 60 millon which the Firefox Counter is now at.

May 31, 2005 09:44 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Waiting for the next release of Mozilla Update

I was trying to update the Launchy entry at Mozilla Update but I kind of gave up. Getting these very unuserfriendly error messages:

Error! The MaxAppVer for Firefox of 1.1 in install.rdf is invalid.
Error! The MinAppVer for Netscape of 0.1 in install.rdf is invalid.
Error! The MinAppVer for Nvu of 0.1 in install.rdf is invalid.
Error! The MaxAppVer for Nvu of 1.0 in install.rdf is invalid.

Why cant it at least tell what the valid choices are? Damn programmers! When will there be a new and better release of Mozilla Update?

May 30, 2005 10:10 PM | Permalink | 10 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Face it: There is no safe Web browser

Netscape's turn from wonderful to woeful last week set a new Internet speed record for embarrassment. Hours after the once-proud Web browser's Version 8 upgrade hit the streets, it limped back into the garage for an overhaul. Turns out the new browser had old parts from a rival browser, Firefox, and those parts were faulty. The flaws allowed dishonest types to sneak into computers through online connections and snatch user passwords and other personal information. We've all heard reports of browser security trouble before; they're as frequent as rain clouds over St. Louis in summer. But somewhere close to the problem's description usually are the words "Microsoft" and "Internet Explorer." That's what made the Netscape-Firefox mess-up so significant: This time, Microsoft's once and future rivals for the online market were the ones encountering trouble, not its own quirky Web tool. After all, Netscape and Firefox had pinned their reputations on being more secure than Internet Explorer, the dominant browser since 1998.
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May 27, 2005 11:17 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

IE7 Tabbed Browsing Implementation

A developer on the IE team writes about IE7 tabbed browsing implementation. His role was to re-architect IE to support tabbed browsing. This work began last year and includes building a new frame (top-level window and chrome), sorting out how to host and switch between multiple instances of the browser, and managing communication between the various internal components.
Read the blog posting

May 27, 2005 09:47 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

What's the difference between XAML and XUL

Gervase Markham has a nice blog post where he describes the difference between two XML user interface languages. XAML from Microsoft and XUL from Mozilla. The three big differences are: Portability, Localization, Licensing.
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May 25, 2005 02:01 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Fans Flock to Firefox Flicks

First they reinvented the browser, now they're rewriting the rules of advertising -- Firefox's guerrilla marketing has gone straight to video, and it's taking over the web. The collaboratively written application has hit more than 50 million downloads, spurred primarily by word-of-mouth advertising. Minus the deep pockets of archrival Microsoft, the Mozilla Foundation relies on an army of volunteer marketers to spread the word -- users so loyal they devise their own DIY promotion ideas, from painting sidewalks with the browser's logo to e-mailing sales pitches to the White House. The latest tactic for the 100,000 members of the Spread Firefox movement is to make commercials. Funnyfox, three humorous video clips showing web surfers using the browser for the first time, is the slickest contribution to date. Designed to be e-mailed to friends, the videos -- one of which shows a user's head falling off -- have proved so popular that extra servers had to be set up to cope with the load.
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May 25, 2005 09:44 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

New Extension Developer Features in Deer Park Alpha 1

Extensions developers look no further. Be sure to check New Extension Developer Features in Deer Park Alpha 1.

I fx like to see someone develop an extensions that allows setting priority for HTTP connections. Another really really nice thing is the Toolkit chrome registry change. Bye bye chrome.rdf/overlayinfo cache! Another important change is the New Scriptable Windows Registry Interface which I have to update Launchy to use

May 24, 2005 02:17 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox Developer Rips Netscape

Ben Goodger, a former top Mozilla Foundation developer who now works at Google -- albeit still at least part time on Firefox -- used his blog to blast Netscape. Goodger posted a link on his blog to a demonstration of exploit code that the original Netscape 8 was vulnerable to when it first rolled out early Thursday. "If security is important to you, this demonstration should show that browsers that are redistributions of the official Mozilla releases are never going to give you security updates as quickly as Mozilla will itself for its supported products," Goodger wrote.
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Another article that quickly concludes Mozilla Foundation to ban Firefox derivative browsers?

But before anybody jumps to stupid conclusions please read what Christopher A. Aillon writes on his blog:
I was able to release patched versions for RHEL[234] within 20 minutes of the official release (builds were done previously, we were doing QA on them, etc.), Fedora[23] within two hours, and rawhide shortly thereafter

May 24, 2005 10:11 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsoft Needs More than Tabbed Browsing for Internet Explorer

Microsoft's Internet Explorer Product Unit Manager Dean Hachamovitch recently confirmed in his weblog that Internet Explorer 7.0 would have tabbed browsing integration, a feature that's also available in Mozilla's Firefox browser. One of the many reasons Firefox has become popular is due to tabbed browsing. It was a different concept that let users open numerous windows in a single parent window. It's useful, it's popular, and it works. But I don't see how this is a major feature in need of promotion. While Hachamovitch didn't intentionally promote it himself, he did confirm it as if this is the next thing in browsers.
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May 24, 2005 09:56 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox best in six web browsers compared

Rapidly forcing IE from desktop dominance is Mozilla Firefox. This open-source browser receives our highest rating, in part because it includes tabbed browsing and RSS feeds, is very easy to use, and is well supported with a variety of third-party plug-ins. Firefox's popularity has recently helped unearth a few vulnerabilities, but we've been impressed with the speed and forthrightness with which Mozilla has patched its browser. In short, we just don't feel as vulnerable surfing the Web with Firefox.
Read why Mozilla Firefox wins over Internet Explorer 6, Netscape 8, Deepnet Explorer, Safari and Opera 8

May 21, 2005 02:21 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Client Customization Kit for Mozilla Firefox

A lot of people, inclucing myself have, long wanted a way to customize parts of Mozilla Firefox. The old Netscape 6 browser had a Client Customization Kit that was designed for ISPs and others who want to distribute a branded version of Netscape 6. Using the Netscape 6 Client Customization Kit you could easily configure popular customizations such as animated logos, default homepage, bookmarks, and installer settings. You can see screenshots of the Netscape 6 CCK here.
There's a project with the aim of offering the same for Mozilla Firefox and now they have release a document describing a preliminary CCK for Mozilla Firefox.

From Overview of the CCK 0.1 for Firefox:
The goal of the first release of Firefox is to produce an XPI file that when installed customizes parts of Firefox equivalent to the Netscape 7 Client Customization Kit. This document will describe how those customizations are achieved. Note that for demo purposes, we have created a Client Customization Kit that customizes the browser as if it were distributed by A9. This is a preliminary Client Customization Kit - use at your own risk.
The zip file is available here

May 20, 2005 09:20 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

"Your current browser is outdated" says

Using my nightly build of Mozilla Firefox I typed "" as was created with an webpage saying:
"Alert: Your current browser is outdated!" Then "blablabla upgrade to Netscape 8"

Well my browser cant be more up to date then a nightly build!

May 19, 2005 03:05 PM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Netscape 8.0 Released

I'm not sure why anyone would want to use the Netscape browser but Netscape 8 has been released. It hasn't yet hit the ftp server but it should be underway. The Netscape browser which once ruled the world wide web, is now full of weird activation stuff and AOL/Netcenter crap. But at least they cleaned up their act since Netscape Browser Prototype. But my advice still is: Just stick with Mozilla Firefox!

Netscape has released the final version of its Netscape 8 Web browser. The browser toggles between the Internet Explorer and Firefox rendering engines as needed to satisfy compatibility and safety requirements. The revived browser is based upon Firefox 1.0.3, bundling Firefox's advanced features with a Netscape interface and many other custom enhancements such as integrated RSS feeds and Netscape portal content, as well as enhanced privacy features and a selection of optional toolbars to install.
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To help people avoid phishing frauds, the updated browser automatically adjusts security settings while they surf, based on lists of sites that are known to be malicious and of trusted sites. The lists will be updated three times a day and automatically downloaded when a PC connects to the Internet, Liew said.
Netscape update takes aim at phishing

May 19, 2005 08:06 AM | Permalink | 15 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Opera and Firefox: A side-by-side review

Opera Software recently released version 8.00 of its eponymous Web browser. I decided to see how the new version of the popular commercial browser compares to the open source Mozilla Firefox 1.0. I found both Firefox and Opera are capable browsers, and though they are very different, they each has much to offer any user. While Firefox is widely known, the Opera browser may need an introduction. Opera is known for its speed and its multitude of features. It's available for a wide range of platforms; in addition to Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, Opera runs on FreeBSD, Solaris, Windows Mobile, and OS/2, among others. Opera includes an embedded chat client and mail client, the latter of which includes support for RSS news feeds. (In this review, I will focus only on the RSS features of the mail client, for the sake of a fair comparison with Firefox, which lacks email capabilities.) Because it's not open source software, Opera has no "extensions" like those of Firefox. Despite being closed source, Opera is very customizable, via both the preferences menus and the manipulation of the plain-text configuration files.
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May 18, 2005 05:33 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Difference between Firefox 1.0.x and Firefox 1.1

I live on the edge. At least when it comes to Mozilla. I use a script to download and install the newest nightly build of Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla Sunbird.

With regards to Mozilla Firefox this means that I run the latest trunk build of it. The trunk build has a lot of exiting new stuff in it. Using nightly builds can of cause sometimes result in crash of the browser. But I must mention that I have been downloading and running the latest nightly builds for almost a year now and I never had any data loss.

Sometimes I'm asked what is the difference between Mozilla Firefox 1.0.4 and Mozilla Firefox 1.1. The answer for that question is right here. What's new in Firefox 1.1

One thing I really really like about Mozilla Firefox 1.1 is it's new Extension Manager. The old system with overlay files inside the chrome directory has been removed. Normal users are properly not gonna see the difference but being an extension developer it easies up the installing/upgrading/uninstalling of extensions.

May 17, 2005 05:37 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Lightning lead developer Mike Shaver interview

Read the interview with Lightning developer Mike Shaver. Lightning is the working project name for an extension to tightly integrate calendar functionality (scheduling, tasks, etc.) into Thunderbird.

You can also see some screenshots of Lightning

May 17, 2005 09:34 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Open-source divorce for Apple's Safari?

Two years after it selected open-source rendering engine KHTML as the basis of its Safari Web browser, Apple Computer has proposed resolving compatibility conflicts by scrapping that code base in favor of its own.
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Before you scream Gecko you should also read Ben, the lead engineer for Mozilla Firefox, entry on the matter. And the press already got carried away and posted this.

Like Boris writes in a comment on Ben's blog:
I should point out that KHTML was chosen over Gecko by Apple to start with _precisely_ because it was a simpler codebase that was cleaner and less of a pain to work with, even though Gecko was more compatible and all that. This wasn't exactly an accident. It was a direct consequence of the difference in approach we see highlighted here.

Slashdot also have an entry about it.

May 13, 2005 08:11 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

IBM backs Firefox in-house

Now that Mozilla Firefox has proven itself to be a success, we need to get it into the corporations. Getting IBM to endorse Mozilla Firefox is a big step in the right direction!

IBM is encouraging its employees to use Firefox, aiding the open-source Web browser's quest to chip away at Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Firefox is already used by about 10 percent of IBM's staff, or about 30,000 people. Starting Friday, IBM workers can download the browser from internal servers and get support from the company's help desk staff. IBM's commitment to Firefox is among its most prominent votes of confidence from a large corporation. Based on development work by the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation, Firefox has been downloaded by more than 50 million people since it debuted in November. Internet Explorer still dominates the overall market by far, though, with Firefox's share in the single digits.
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May 13, 2005 07:45 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Security firms fight Firefox fire with fire

It's nice to see companies are starting to release products for Mozilla Firefox as well. This will convert even more people to Mozilla Firefox.

Just in time for one of the first serious security flaws to be found in Mozilla's Firefox, two companies, Anonymizer and FraudEliminator, have released new security products for the popular open source Web browser. Anonymizer's Total Privacy Suite is designed to safeguard Firefox users from spyware, keylogger software, and other online snooping programs. The suite integrates three Anonymizer programs -- surfing, anti-spyware, and digital shredding -- into a single product. Although Firefox is a secure browser, users are still extremely vulnerable to ID theft on the Internet without Total Privacy Suite in place," said Lee Itzhaki, director of product management for Anonymizer.
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May 13, 2005 07:38 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla2: Proposal: An XPCOM Security model

As part proposal/planning materials in preparation for Mozilla 2.0 you can now read about the new CAPSSecurity.

An attempt at defining the goals, parameters, and suggesting an implementation for a unified security system for the XPCOM object model. Goal: provide a security model and API for the XPCOM component model which. Defines and minimizes the "Trusted Computing Base" of code which must be audited for security. Has no impedance mismatches with the CAS/CLR security model. Doesn't require changing existing frozen interfaces, if at all possible.
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May 12, 2005 10:44 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Internet Explorer 7.0 = Mozilla Firefox?

According to a screenshot making its rounds on some forums, Microsoft's answer to Mozilla's Firefox, Internet Explorer 7, might be in its alpha stage. The about IE shows a build of 0719, and another screenshot shows what appears to be tabbed browsing. No mention of a leak yet, but if these screenshots are confirmed to be real, then a leak is definitely inevitable. Read more for screenshots.
See screenshot and comments

People are saying that this is perhaps a fake. A Firefox with some photoshop.

May 11, 2005 08:14 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

A Firefox Glossary

Find out what stuff like Chrome, Gecko, Livemarks, Overlays, XPI and XUL means.

Some companies have started to switch, extension authors have adopted the Mozilla platform for writing their tools and applications, and web developers are being turned on by the high level of web-standards support. This glossary is by no means exhaustive--it is meant to be a teaser to lead you to explore more.
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May 09, 2005 08:47 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 2 TrackBacks

50 million downloads of Mozilla Firefox

Fifty Million Firefox Downloads
This is truly amazing! Fifty Million Firefox Downloads

April 29, 2005 11:16 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Safari Passes the Acid2 Test

Not really Mozilla news but anyways
Safari now passes the Acid2 test. The final remaining stumbling block was implementing a few enhancements to the object element. I needed to support fallback content when invalid MIME types were specified or when bad status codes were returned for HTTP requests (like 404). After fixing these bugs and a couple of other problems with intrinsic sizing of plugins, the eyes of the face showed up.
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The relevant bugs for making Mozilla (actually the Gecko rendering engine) pass the Acid2 test can be seen in this bug report.

April 28, 2005 08:48 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Firefox gaining share in business

The Firefox browser is used by more than 10 percent of business users and that number could more than double by the end of the first half of the year, a management consulting company said. Based on the types of browsers used in accessing 10 business-to-business websites, slightly more than one in 10 were the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox, Janco Associates said. About 83 percent were Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE), nearly four percent were Mozilla, and less than one percent were Netscape, America Online and Microsoft's MSN. Since the fourth quarter of 2004, Firefox usage had more than doubled among business professionals, Victor Janulaitis, chief executive of Janco, said. That rate of adoption was expected to continue next quarter, when the open source browser was expected to reach up to 25 percent of the market. Businesspeople were using Firefox over IE because they liked the browser's tabbed browsing feature and saw Firefox as less of a security risk, Janulaitis said.
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April 27, 2005 03:03 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Don't make browsers, make extensions

I have to agree completly with Robert Accettura on this:
There's been a ton of speculation regarding "gbrowser", google's alleged browser, Netscape's Firefox based browser, now even thoughts Yahoo might be interested. Though I wonder if that really is beneficial to anyone involved? I'm going to make the bold statement that custom browsers are bad, making extensions are good.
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April 27, 2005 10:38 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Do Firefox browser bugs matter?

No program is perfect, but bugs in open source software are less of a problem, says technology analyst Bill Thompson. The Firefox open source browser is full of bugs, some of which are rather serious. In March Danish security firm Secunia reported that it had found eight. Some could be used to trick users into giving away confidential information. Others could let hackers get access to people's computers. Every few days there are new ones. In fact the little red button that tells you a "critical" update is available appears almost weekly, sending users off to the website to get the new version and fix yet another bug or security hole. Since one of the main reasons people give for moving to Firefox from Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) is that IE is full of bugs and vulnerable to attack, this might seem to show that it does not matter which browser you use, since you are still going to be in trouble.
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April 26, 2005 11:44 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Disk cache on local filesystem

Checkin of the week! A lot of people are gonna be exited about a checkin that just happend.

A patch in Bug 291033 - Enable support for profile temp directory on local filesystem has just been checked in. This means that Mozilla Firefox is now able to store it's cache on the local filesystem. This will have a big effect on installations where the profile is stored on a network drive. Fx in organizations where Mozilla Firefox is rolled out. This will limit the amount of network trafic and make Mozilla Firefox behave faster. Super cool job Darin!

The original bug 74085 - Disk cache should use local directory is one of the most commented and voted for bugs with more than 115 comments and 42 votes. The bug was opened in march 2001.

April 26, 2005 07:52 AM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Top ten Firefox browser annoyances

As seen by a Mozilla Suite user: Almost everyone outside of Redmond who has used one of the IE alternatives agrees that Firefox and the Mozilla Suite are much better than Microsoft's "integral-part-of-the operating-system, yes-I-swear-under-oath-it-can't-be-removed" pain of a browser (even while it can be removed). So, I'm not going to write an article praising Firefox or Mozilla, the rest of the press has done a good job. In fact, I'll do just the opposite: I'm going to write about some of the key problems I see in Firefox, in the hope that perhaps it will help counter the "we're the best of the world" feel good attitude I've encountered lately from those in the Firefox camp.
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His list:
1) Language packs
2) Patches
3) Applications bundle
4) Firefox Mailer
5) Gecko Runtime Engine
6) No splash screen
7) No Client Customization Kit
8) FTP uploads
9) Tabbed sidebar
10) Future direction of Firefox
11) Instant Messenger

I have to at least agree with point 2 and 7. And I think we got point 8 already, dont we?

April 25, 2005 11:33 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

The Firefox Update Conspiracy

Modern software releases patches and updates incrementally, meaning you only have to download the code that is different. This allows for much smaller and more effective downloads. Patching systems such as this have been around since software had version numbers. Why then does Firefox require you to download the full program every time a new version is released?
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Asa writes in a comment:
We do have an update system but we don't yet have binary diff patching. We don't count the downloads from the update system (if we did, there would be another 10-20 million downloads on our counter).

April 21, 2005 05:11 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

I was gonna install Mozilla Firefox on a colleagues machine. Started Internet Explorer (argh) and typed At least that was what I thought I typed, but I accidentally typed (an extra f in fox).

Landed at a page offering dating friends and Russian brides. Since I was using Internet Explorer I quickly closed the page. Installing spyware etc on a colleagues machine isn't very popular.

I started doing a little search and found this list of domains which has firefox in the domain name.

Here's a list of the most funny and interesting ones:
- - Anti FireFox?! - Keep Internet Explorer! They spelled Firefox the wrong way!
- - Tries to launch a popup. Ha, ha!
- - Adult contributers? Adult content at least!
- - You will only be able to view the FREE PORN on this website if you have the Firefox browser.
- - Even Bush is smart enough to realize how much you suck.
- - I thought it already was free?
- - Nothing to see. Move on!
- - Weirdest domain of today!

Amazingly there's not a yet!

April 20, 2005 05:38 PM | Permalink | 6 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

We need better open-source

This is not a big surprise but I'll bring it anyway:
If open source is to continue gaining ground with the corporate desktop, it must develop not just an outstanding e-mail client, but an all-out replacement for Outlook on Windows. While there are many good open-source e-mail clients, like the Mozilla Foundation's Thunderbird, Isamet's Mulberry and Hiroyuki Yamamoto's Sylpheed, these clients are really replacements for Outlook Express, not Outlook.
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From the Mozilla Lightning FAQ:
Q. Is Lightning meant as a competitor to Outlook?
A. With Lightning, Mozilla Thunderbird will have a set of user features that is much more competitive with Outlook, especially in enterprise usage. The primary goal of Lightning is to provide a pleasant and productive user experience for both email and calendaring tasks, largely independent of specific competitors product plans. If the result of the Lightning project is an acceleration of users migration from Outlook to Thunderbird, though, very few tears will be shed.

April 19, 2005 01:38 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Gbrowser: Rumors are rumors

Spiegel: There have been repeated rumors about "G-browser", a browser by Google. Is Firefox going to be this G-browser? Or is Firefox going to be a competition to the G-browser?
Ross: Rumors are rumors.

Read the part of the article about Mozilla and Google
Full article in German

April 15, 2005 10:22 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Why everyone should use Mozilla Firefox

This articles purpose is to introduce users of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Outlook Express to the new world of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. With the aim to educate and excite the countless millions of users out there who are still using the default Internet applications that come with Microsoft Windows. Most users out there don't even know there is an alternative, they complain about Spyware, Viruses, and Spam not knowing that there are simple and free ways to avoid those Internet threats.
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April 15, 2005 08:08 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

StopIE - Rid the web of Internet Explorer

It's as simple as that!

Help stop Internet Explorer, the world's most popular and worst internet browser. This site tells you how and why to switch.
Go to the site

April 14, 2005 03:23 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

What's wrong with Firefox isn't Firefox's fault

Mozilla Firefox is soothing nerves frayed by Microsoft Internet Explorer, thanks to superior search, security, bookmark synchronization and other capabilities, according to IT professionals responding to an informal survey. Most of those Firefox users, however, are frustrated that Firefox is locked out of Web sites that are locked in to Microsoft Internet Explorer.
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Compatibility with Firefox browser crucial for web sites, analyst says
As the Mozilla Organization's Firefox web browser surges in popularity - with 44 million downloads since Firefox 1.0 launched last November - web site operators need to assure that their sites are compatible with it, analysts say. Firefox has been winning over users with built-in technology that blocks unsolicited pop-ups, is less susceptible to virus attacks and offers a unique way of navigating multiple sites within a single browser, says Ken Cassar, Nielsen/NetRatings analyst.
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Traffic to Firefox website grows 237 percent
Web analytics firm Nielsen Netratings said the Firefox portion of the Moziall site saw a 237 percent spike in unique visitors to the Web site from nine months ago. While the site had about 795,000 visitors in June 2004, the number jumped to 2,68 million in March of this year.
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But but but why do some people spell Mozilla Firefox like this FireFox? It's spelled Firefox, not FireFox!

April 14, 2005 01:21 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

IBM on the hunt for Firefox programmers

In the newest indication that Firefox has become mainstream, IBM is trying to hire programmers to adapt the open-source Web browser to work well with Big Blue's server software. A job ad posted on IBM's Web site said an emerging technologies team in IBM's software group wants programmers for "enhancing the Mozilla Firefox Web browser with new features complimentary to IBM's On Demand middleware stack." An IBM representative on Wednesday said that the ad was for one position in the company's advanced technology group. The individual will make contributions to the Firefox project, the representative said.
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To see the job oppening go here and do a search for "firefox"

Required skills and experience: Software development on the Mozilla Suite and/or Firefox web browser projects. XPCOM and Gecko, C++, HTML, CSS and XML desired. Acceptance as a contributor in mozilla community, published works with experience in any of the following areas is a plus: XForms processor development, Java, Perl, VB, ASP, CGI, XBL, XUL, RDF, JavaScript, SQL, Mozilla XSLT processing engine, web services, web security standards implementation.
Work location: Austin, Texas

April 13, 2005 10:52 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla: The Honeymoon is over

When Firefox's Mozilla came onto the scene four months ago it looked like an end to the constant struggle against Microsoft's Internet Explorer security vulnerabilities was finally in sight. The promise was almost too good to be true: a viable alternative that had been designed with a security conscious approach, no pop-ups and none of IE's vulnerabilities. The word from the early adopters was positive: smoother, faster and more secure. Their praise coupled with CERT's recommendation that customers switch browsers away from IE has pushed Mozilla into the mainstream. It has now been downloaded nearly 27 million times and for the first time in three years, IE's market share has fallen below 90%. Mozilla's now as commonplace in City offices as it is with tech-savvy home users. But how is Mozilla faring now that the honeymoon period is over?
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April 12, 2005 03:23 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Start-up wants to improve on Firefox

A new version of the Firefox Web browser is coming your way, but not from the Mozilla Foundation. Round Two planned a corporate launch Monday night with the promise of bringing "a new crop of products and services that will enhance your Firefox experience. When we launch our own services, in about a month or so, we'll be looking to offer the must-have companion to Firefox," said Bart Decrem, Round Two CEO and a former staffer at the Mozilla Foundation. "We see tremendous room for innovating on top of the Mozilla and Firefox platform, and we see ourselves as the first company outside of the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation that's fully dedicated to serving Firefox users.". Round Two's mission to improve the Firefox browsing experience may puzzle some Firefox fans, who consider the browser an already vast improvement over Microsoft's Internet Explorer standard-bearer. Firefox has capitalized on widespread dissatisfaction with IE's security and features to swipe considerable market share from Microsoft.
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Visit Round Two

April 12, 2005 10:26 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Planning for upcoming releases

Asa writes:

We're coming into the final stages of shipping the Firefox, Thunderbird, and XULRunner releases. Each of these releases will be following roughly the same schedule which is outlined in general terms below. For each of our products, we've got three major cycles to complete. The first cycle, scheduled to wrap in the next week to ten days, is all about getting key developer-centric features stabilized and shipped. This release is based on Gecko 1.8b2 and is targeting extension developers, app developers, and web developers. It is intended as a early heads-up to the developer world about the last year of Gecko changes that make the current trunk builds quite different from what we shipped just five months ago as Firefox 1.0. It will also serve as a preview of the latest Toolkit and our first XULRunner preview. If there are changes that need to be a part this developer-focused release, changes that will impact extension, web, or application developers, we need those landed ASAP. This applies for all three products, Firefox, Thunderbird, and XULRunner. In order to avoid a lot of end users downloading this browser release, it will be publicized as the "Deer Park Developer Preview" rather than "Firefox" (Deer Park is the project codename for Firefox 1.1) and we're not going to be shouting loudly about end user features. The Thunderbird and XULRunner releases from this cycle will also be somewhat low-key and targeting the developer and testing community rather than the end user.

Read the entire posting in the netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey newsgroup

April 08, 2005 02:51 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla and AMD64

Mozilla and Firefox will compile for AMD64, but Opera has no plans to ever offer a 64-bit binary of their Qt-based proprietary browser. While we had some trouble with Mozilla's long-term stability (over time, it would crash at random), and Firefox crashed left and right, our biggest challenge was in getting the plug-ins to work. The Java Runtime Environment is now available for Linux/AMD64, so we installed that from Portage and made sure that the plug-in was copied to the correct location. Both Mozilla and Firefox would detect it in the about:plugins screen, but only 64-bit Mozilla could use it. The MPlayer plug-in, unmasked manually, would work well in 64-bit Mozilla, but was not detected by 32-bit Firefox. Opera would detect our 32-bit binary Acrobat Reader plug-in, but neither Mozilla nor Firefox would. Flash worked in Opera and 32-bit Firefox, but not 64-bit Mozilla. After days of searching for answers and fiddling with 32-bit binaries and 64-bit compiles of both browsers, we determined that it was necessary to have both a 64-bit Mozilla and a 32-bit Firefox to use all of the usual browser plug-ins with 64-bit Gentoo.
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April 04, 2005 11:59 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Foundation seeking an office manager

We're seeking a highly motivated candidate that will be able to serve as our day-to-day Office Manager and Marketing Coordinator. This will be a full-time permanent position with a competitive salary and benefits package.

Read more at Career Opportunities with the Mozilla Foundation

April 03, 2005 06:01 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Steve Jobs joins Mozilla Foundation as President

Steve Jobs CEO at Apple joins Mozilla Foundation as President as of today a press release at later today reveals.

Steve Jobs will also announce tighter integration of Mac OS X and Mozilla and says that Mozilla Firefox WILL be the default browser in future versions of the Mac OS X operating system. Apple is effectively dropping the development of the Safari browser which is based on the KHTML rendering engine.

Steve Jobs is the CEO of Apple, which he co-founded in 1976, and Pixar, the Academy-Award-winning animation studios which he co-founded in 1986. Steve grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley, and still lives there with his wife and three children.

Mozilla Foundation was established in July, 2003, with start-up support from America Online's Netscape division, the Mozilla Foundation exists to provide organizational, legal, and financial support for the Mozilla open-source software project.

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April 01, 2005 12:02 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Reporter tool added to nightly builds

From bug 285653
Just like dom inspector, we want to enable the reporter tool in nightly builds. We probably want to disable it for release builds, but we can figure out how to do that later. For now, I'm just going to do what bryner has outlined and see if I can get it working.

The Report A Broken Website tool is a tool that allows you to tell the Evangelism Team about web sites that do not work properly in Firefox, or shut Firefox out.

For more information about and screenshots of the Report A Broken Website tool see this posting and this posting.

April 01, 2005 07:36 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Both Linky and Launchy in Best Mozilla, Firefox & Thunderbird Extensions posting

My two extensions Linky and Launchy are both listed in the Best Mozilla, Firefox & Thunderbird Extensions posting at MR Tech Forums

Linky: Linky will increase your power to handle links. It will let you open or download all or selected links, image links and even web addresses found in the text in separate or different tabs or windows. You will just need to right click any link or web address, select the Linky menu item and choose the desired action.

Launchy: Launchy is a Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Netscape and Nvu extension that will enable you to open current page, links, mailto, images and view source with external applications. Both browsers, media players, FTP clients, download managers and editors are supported. That's applications like Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla, Outlook, BSPlayer, Windows Media Player, GetRight and others.

March 31, 2005 08:44 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Enhanced searching with Firefox at Google

Now Google's faster than ever on Firefox and Mozilla browsers. When you do a search on these browsers, we instruct them to download your top search result in advance, so if you click on it, you'll get to that page even more quickly. You can learn more about this cool feature here. If you're a webmaster, we have FAQs for you too. Or you can just download Firefox and check it out for yourself.
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March 31, 2005 08:12 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

API for configuring proxies checked in

A API for configuring proxies has now been checked in.

I'd like to provide an interface so that an extension or embedder can easily override the proxy configuration without affecting user visible preferences. When nsProtocolProxyService::ExamineForProxy determines, using its existing logic, that it should go direct, it would query this new interface to check if another proxy should be used. The new interface, or proxy provider, would return a PAC string. We may want to support multiple proxy providers, using some sort of ordering. Perhaps we'd query them all and concatenate the result, allowing proxy failover logic to come into play. Or perhaps we'd stop when the first proxy provider returned a non-direct result. I'm not sure which of those I prefer, but I am concerned about performance.
Read the bug report

March 29, 2005 11:29 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Extension Manager Changes

I've been making a large number of changes to Firefox's Extension Manager over the past week or so, basically rewriting the way Extensions are installed. These changes when complete will offer a lot of improvements for Extension developers.

- You will be able to install extensions by simply dropping their XPIs into containment relationship Install Locations (e.g. drop foo.xpi into profile\extensions and have it be installed automatically on next start) - this should be a boon for quick setup.
- You will be able to install and uninstall Extensions by simply adding and removing their GUID folders from the Install Locations - if you add/remove an entry, the Extension system will notice the discrepancy on the next start and configure/remove the item.
- You will be able to "point" to extensions which you are hosting elsewhere using a cross platform text format which is basically a text file with a GUID name in the extensions directory with a path to the directory where the Extension actually lives (e.g. elsewhere on a NFS home dir)

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March 29, 2005 11:16 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Automatic Resolution of Unconfirmed Bugs

This page contains details of the procedure for automatically resolving UNCONFIRMED bugs which have remained in that state for a long period of time. We believe that such bugs are those least likely to result in a useful fix. Therefore, given that we don't have the resources to triage every bug report we get, this is a good way of focussing our resources. Statistical support for this view is available, as is discussion of an earlier draft of the procedure.
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More information

March 29, 2005 11:03 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox Toolbar Tutorial

This tutorial explains how to create a toolbar extension for the Firefox web browser. Please do not think that because this tutorial is lengthy, creating an extension is a difficult task (it's not). The size of this tutorial is due to the fact that I explain every step in detail. In addition, a great deal of material is covered. My intended audience are those who have never written an extension for Firefox. Hopefully you will find this to be a useful resource. Although it took me a while to write, I have enjoyed every bit of the process.
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March 21, 2005 09:21 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Symantec Internet Security Threat Report and vulnerabilities in Mozilla

Vulnerabilities are affecting new alternative browser distributions. During the last six months of 2004, 21 vulnerabilities affecting Mozilla browsers were disclosed, compared to 13 vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer. Six vulnerabilities were reported in Opera.
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The news in Danish
Firefox mere gennemhullet end Internet Explorer. Sikkerhedsfirmaet Symantec oplyser nu, at man har fundet flere sårbarheder i Firefox end i Internet Explorer i den sidste halvdel af 2004.

March 21, 2005 02:52 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Should IE Stay or Should IE Go?

Don't go ripping out Microsoft's Internet Explorer just yet. IE certainly has proven vulnerable to attack in the past, and the constant patching to add the latest security updates can be a nuisance. The CERT coordination center last year even warned people to stop using Internet Explorer. And the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox has been getting a lot of buzz lately--to the tune of 25 million downloads in fewer than 100 days on the market. But our testing of both browsers shows that choosing one is not an easy decision--particularly in an enterprise environment. IE's vulnerability to attack might in part be because it's rich in features and thereby presents a larger "attack surface." On the other hand, Firefox's perceived edge in security comes with a price: fewer features and a possible inability to access some Windows-based Web applications. So before you make a decision about ditching IE, weigh the trade-offs. One compromise to consider is using IE internally and Firefox for pure Web browsing.
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And a little more Firefox news coverage:
Market share for the open-source Mozilla Firefox climbed above 6% in February, while Microsoft's Internet Explorer share dropped below 90%. Firefox continues to steal market share from Microsoft Internet Explorer, according to Net Applications, a maker of Web-monitoring software. According to the company's February figures, use of Firefox rose to 6.17% from 5.59% in January. Firefox's gain comes at the expense of Internet Explorer, which dropped to 89.04% market share, from 90.31% in December. Net Applications reports that other browsers maintained their user base.
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March 21, 2005 02:30 PM | Permalink | 6 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox introduction video

Why this excellent video is located at at not at is beyond me but this is what we, the Mozilla community, need. Great for new users of Firefox and even greater for "why should I switch" users.

Watch the video

More Firefox video here
Great video about why Firefox was given the Editors Choice award. Watch it even thought it's sponsored by MSN.

March 17, 2005 08:44 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Spell check problems

The new inline spell check which is available in the nightly builds of Mozilla Thunderbird is really nice but it seems to miss some important features.

Multi language support
I write some of my emails in Danish and some of them in English. But the spell checker seems only to be able to spell check in one language. It should be able to check the words using both the Danish and English dictionary. Relevant bugs 69687 and 234143

Support for dictionaries in profile
When I install a dictionary it installs the files into my Thunderbird directory and not into my profile directory. That's not very good.

Support for dictionaries files
I have already installed the dictionaries I need in And since Thunderbird uses the same files as the ones I find it very weird that it's not possible to Mozilla Thunderbird to use those files. The location of the dictionaries could, on Windows, be detected via the Windows registry. According to this page the only difference between the dictionary files used in Thunderbird and is and "_" is replaced by "-". Why did the Thunderbird developers use "-" instead of "_" ?

Dictionary installation
The dictionary installation in is really nice. You just use a macro and it's click click click and you're done. In Mozilla Thunderbird you have to save an XPI file to you local drive and use the Extension Manager to install the package and when you do it doesn't even get listed in the Extension Manager because it doesn't contain a install.rdf script but only a install.js script.

The GUI in all of the screen shots below isn't very good. It's one of those areas where GUI experts haven't been asked. One feature I'd like to see in the Thunderbird spell check is the context viewing like in Word, where you can see the sentence you're checking.

Screen shots
Microsoft Word 2003:
Spell checking in Microsoft Word 2003 2.0:
Spell checking in 2.0

Mozilla Thunderbird 20050315:
Spell checking in Mozilla Thunderbird

March 16, 2005 07:19 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks spammed again again

The newsgroups at which holds important developer information and discussions have been seriously spammed. All of the newsgroups I have subscribed to, each had around 50 unread messages. All of those are spam. None of the spam messages contains any URLs. And strangely enough all of them has been cross posted to the newsgroup.

I'm so close to not reading the newsgroups before a seriously anti spam solution have been implemented. And it's not the first time the newsgroups have been hit by a spam attack.

March 12, 2005 02:38 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Application Suite - Transition Plan

In 2003 we announced our intention to shift development focus from the integrated Mozilla Application Suite (commonly referred to as "Seamonkey") to a new generation of applications -- the Mozilla Firefox browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird mail and news client. That shift in focus occurred almost immediately, as the Mozilla Foundation was formed and we hired the lead developers for Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. At that time we also stated our intention to maintain a long-lived, stable 1.7.x version of Seamonkey. We noted that a number of commercial distributors ship Seamonkey and will need the means to maintain it for their customers. There is also a user and developer base that is fond of Seamonkey and would like to maintain it. We have continued with this maintenance plan as well, with a 1.7.6 release scheduled for the next few weeks.
Read the Mozilla Application Suite - Transition Plan

March 11, 2005 08:20 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Linuxforum 2005

Attended the LinuxForum 2005 in Copenhagen this weekend. It's the 8'th time the LinuxForum is being held. The focus is Open Source and it's the biggest open source conference in Scandinavia.

I went there on friday and saw a lot of really good technical speeches. The main reason why I went was of course to hear Tristan Nitot. Tristan Nitot is the co-founder and President of Mozilla Europe, an international affiliate of Mozilla Foundation. Tristan spoke about Gutenberg and the guerrilleros

I also had the chance to meet and talk to Tristan.
Tristan Nitot and Henrik Gemal at LinuxForum 2005 in Copenhagen

Another cool talk was Jon Maddog Hall who spoke about The Promise of Free and Open Source Software. He had some really nice one liners.

March 09, 2005 11:06 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Content team forming

Brendan Eich writes:

Join us in fixing a bunch of DOM-ish bugs and designing a better Gecko content frontside. We started small, just to get together and compare notes. But we're open to help from all proven hackers, testers, and bug trackers. See, linked from We have a weekly phone conference at 1pm Pacific on Thursdays, ping me if you want to be included. I put a placeholder reference to the minutes in too.

March 04, 2005 07:50 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Thunderbird just got simpler SMTP user interface

Bug 202468, which is about "Simpler, more consolidated UI for SMTP server settings" just got fixed.
The current Outgoing Server Settings are awful to me. Only one SMTP Server is direct available, for more you've to click on Advanced (this button alone is badly named, should be More or Further ones). And then another click to add/edit the server.

See a screenshot

March 03, 2005 09:14 PM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Important checkins - New option dialog and better opening dialog

Some cool checkins just happened:
The New Options Dialog landed.
Read all about the new option dialog in the wiki at or Read the bug report. View the different dialogs in the new redesigned options. You can even watch a movie with the new option dialog.

Retrieve proper display name for application handlers
Currently the Opening dialog for Firefox looks something like this. This will now change a bit due to the landing of this bug Retrieve proper display name for application handlers. The bug was depending on another bug which also landed today. Screenshots of the new Download Actions dialog are here, here and here.

February 25, 2005 11:11 AM | Permalink | 8 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Copernic Supports Thunderbird

After the news about Copernic Desktop Search 1.2 Supports Mozilla Firefox now comes even more Mozilla support from Copernic:
Copernic announced the availability of a new version 1.5 of Copernic Desktop Search. The latest version supports Mozilla Thunderbird, including indexing of emails, attachments and contacts. It also announced support for indexing Eudora emails and attachments, besides other new features. David M. Burns, CEO of Copernic, said, CDS 1.5 is jam-packed with lots of cool new features that are fun for everyone to use, and it's the only free desktop search that fully supports Mozilla's Thunderbird email application and Firefox browser.

February 25, 2005 09:15 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Solaris crypto group decides to donate AMD64 optimizations

For the hardcore nerds:
The Solaris crypto group at Sun has decided to donate optimizations assembly optimizations for the bignum library for the AMD64 instruction set. This code roughly doubles the RSA performance. On a v20z with opteron model 248 CPU at 2.2 GHz, using gcc and -O3 optimizations on Solaris 10, rsaperf goes from 585 ops/s for the pure C implementation, to 1186 ops/s with this code. This is for 1024 bit RSA keys, with rsaperf running single-threaded, ie. it is a per-CPU ops number.
Even more in the bug report

February 25, 2005 08:46 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Will Firefox be the app that mainstreams open source?

Hearing public discussions of Firefox by geeks and non-techies, and reading reports of the rampant growth of the Mozilla Foundation's browser, one has to wonder whether we may be witnessing the emergence of the first open source application with enough enticement -- in safety, efficiency, and "anything but IE" -- to draw everyone from enterprise users to proverbial IT grandmothers and pave the way for mainstream open source use. Despite some skepticism of the idea from industry analysts and observers, others indicated that regardless of the degree to which Firefox displaces Internet Explorer or the Redmond desktop grip, there is no hiding the fact that Firefox is hot. The trendy open source application -- which promotes another pillar killer in the form of the lightweight Thunderbird email client to replace Outlook -- is taking advantage of the kind of viral spread and buzz that moves software to the mainstream. The Google-like appearance of Blake Ross on this month's cover of Wired only reinforces the idea. And while 5 percent of the browser market still leaves a long way before anything Microsoft-related is supplanted, it does represent a start. It only took a few months of Firefox gains at IE's expense for Microsoft to take pause and pivot on its plans for IE, which will now get updated this summer.
Read article

February 24, 2005 10:59 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

So you want to sign your XPI package?

Pete Collins, founder of the Mozdev Group writes:
After a couple of days of pain, I've decided to write up a doc on how I was able to successfully sign an xpi using a test cert. For no better reason than I know I will forget by next week and honestly I wouldn't want to wish the pain I endured doing this on others. These docs are focused on Unix'y type systems. This doc is intended as an exercise to show how to sign an XPI package, you will need to obtain a valid certificate from an established certificate authority (CA) such as Verisign if you want to distribute signed XPI packages.
Read more

February 24, 2005 05:37 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Groupware Bad - Users GOOD - Calendars USEFUL

Good old Jamie Zawinski has written yet another hardcore nerd document. This time is about the announcement of Novells new calendar server project called Hula. Hula is a new project to build an open source mail and calendar server.

And like always Jamie doesn't hold back:
And I said, "Jesus Mother of Fuck, what are you thinking! Do not strap the 'Groupware' albatross around your neck! That's what killed Netscape, are you insane?" He looked at me like I'd just kicked his puppy. If you want to do something that's going to change the world, build software that people want to use instead of software that managers want to buy. I said, instead of trying to build some all-singing all-dancing "collaboration server" where you're going to throw in all kinds of ridiculous line items like bulletin boards and task tracking and other shit, let's suppose you narrow your focus to just calendars.

Read the document.

February 24, 2005 07:38 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Nokia denies Firefox rumours

Nokia has denied reports that it is to migrate 55,000 desktops from Internet Explorer to the Firefox browser. Last year, the Finnish handset-maker invested money in the Mozilla Foundation, maker of Firefox, to fund the development of a phone-based browser. The friendly relationship between the two organisations lent some credence to the rumours of a switch. A spokeswoman told us: "It is just a misunderstanding. We have no deal with Firefox and there is no transition in progress." Further, she said, the company has no plans to make any such change in the future. The denial comes just a week after the phone maker announced a deal with Microsoft to sell phones with the company's Windows Media 10 music player installed. Nokia and Microsoft have historically been rivals, with each trying to grab a share of the other's market.
Read more and more.

February 23, 2005 03:51 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Memory issue on tabs now fixed

One problem that many people have been seeing is this. Opening lots of tabs and then closing them do not free memory. This should now have been fixed by checkins yesterday and today. This fixes some memory leaks in Mozilla Firefox. For more information please turn to the bug report:
Memory use does not go down after closing tabs (resources not released)

February 23, 2005 09:00 AM | Permalink | 12 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Get rid of contents.rdf chrome registration nightmare

Checkin of the weekend. Actually it got backed out again, but hopefully it get's checked in again soon.
Finally, it's time to get rid of contents.rdf for chrome registration, in favor of simple text manifests. This will fix a whole series of bugs relating to chrome registration and the extension manager (see dep list), as well as make authoring extensions and xulrunner apps less painful. This includes a backwards-compatibility layer so that existing extensions (and even the core apps) which use contents.rdf will not notice the change.
Read more in the bug report.

Read more about Chrome Registration in Mozilla
The new Configurable Chrome

February 21, 2005 09:23 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

No-frills Web browser could pass Internet Explorer as campus choice

Students go for ad-blocking Firefox. While Microsoft's Internet Explorer rules the Web surfing realm, the rising popularity of Mozilla's Firefox browser among computer buffs and university students may be a cyberspace coup in the making. From the pages of technology magazines to dorm hallways, Firefox has obtained a positive reputation for its protection against adware, its no-frills appearance and other special features. The browser's 1.0 version has been downloaded 25 million times since its introduction in November, a Mozilla spokesman said. Before November, Firefox was an obscure browser in developmental stages.
Read article

February 17, 2005 10:15 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Bugs Delay AOL Netscape Beta

AOL says Netscape 8 beta will be available at the end of February. America Online is delaying the release of the first public test version of a new Netscape Web browser until the end of the month so that it can fix some last-minute bugs, the company said today. The beta version of the Netscape 8 browser had been scheduled for public release tomorrow, but that date will slip by a week or two, an AOL spokesman said in a statement sent via e-mail. An early version of the browser that the IDG News Service saw late last month crashed many times under normal use. The new Netscape browser is designed to protect users from scams and malicious code while surfing the Web. One feature, for example, adjusts the browser security settings based on a list of known malicious Web sites to protect users from phishing scams.
Read article

February 17, 2005 10:07 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Sunbird and integration

Stelian Pop writes in the netscape.public.mozilla.calendar newsgroup:
Hi all. I'm pleased to announce that I started working on connecting Sunbird to OpenGroupware. This integration should add some groupware features to Sunbird (mainly the ability to add attendees to an event, and to query the free/busy status for all the attendees). Technically Sunbird will talk to the OGo server using GroupDAV, a super set of WebDAV Ogo has defined here. There is no code yet as I'm just starting, but all feedback, thoughts and help will be appreciated.

February 15, 2005 02:12 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox-based Jeeves browser

Ask Jeeves and the Mozilla Foundation have begun discussions on the twin possibilities of a Firefox-based Jeeves browser and of donating Jeeves' desktop search technology to the open-source group. The discussions come as relations between Mozilla and search king Google become cozier. Key Mozilla volunteers now also work for Google, and the browser showcases Google search in its interface. Ask Jeeves, which made its name as a "natural language" Web search engine, has recently expanded into areas including blog aggregation and desktop search.
Read article

February 15, 2005 09:10 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Two nice checkins for Mozilla Thunderbird

Two really nice checkins happened for Mozilla Thunderbird yesterday.

Backend for stripping mail attachments
The backend for stripping mail attachments from messages got cheked in. This is an important step in the direction of getting bug 2920 fixed. Bug 2920 is "Delete attachment from mail message in folder (remove/strip attached files from email messages)". The front end for this has not landed yet.

New feed subscription dialog
The other checkin is about the news feed subscription dialog. The dialog lacked a lot and it seems that the new dialog have all the stuff I missed. Read more about the new redesigned dialog in bug 281237. A screenshot of the new dialog is also available.

February 09, 2005 08:12 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Thunderbird to be default e-mail client at University of Oslo

According to a comment made at one of Asa's blog entries the University of Oslo have just selected Thunderbird as their new default e-mail client.

They have used Eudora for years, but due to Eudoras poor IMAP-support, they were forced to look at other options after migrating all users to IMAP. That means potentially 50.000 new Thunderbird users!

According to this page Mozilla Thunderbird will be the default email client in June.

February 07, 2005 08:18 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Getting ready for new Sunbird/Calendar nightlies

Mostafa Hosseini from the Mozilla Calendar project writes:

As some of you may already know, Sunbird/Calendar development on the trunk has gone through a major refactoring in order to provide a much better codebase for proper server support and implementation of various calendar data sources. As the number of major blockers decrease, you may slowly be seeing new nightly builds here and there as well as the start of more frequent official nightly releases. This is to inform you that as much as we need testers and feedback on the new Sunbird/Calendar, we need you to understand that there will be all sorts of regressions, incompatibility, new bugs and possibly confusion ahead for those who upgrade to the nightlies. This shouldn't have been necessary to point out for a product still at its 0.2+ version but the amount of daily usage reports and the amount of calendar data seen to be trusted with Sunbird/Calendar obliges us to do so. So again, before the wave of excitement from a new release leaves you less time to decide, make sure installing and using the new nightlies is what you want and furthermore what you are ready for. It definitely is what we want; yet for those who are content with the current functionality there will be the final 0.2 release to use. In terms of incompatibility the new nightlies will not automatically read and recognize your previous data so it will be up to you to import or re-enter them from scratch. Providing a migrator was not possible since it couldn't have been justified for a 0.2+ version application. To speak about the good side of things, there will be a pretty solid CalDav support thanks to Mike Shaver and his team, a much better iCalendar standard support based on the new interfaces, thanks to Michiel van Leeuwen (mvl), more UI enhancements and hopefully extension and theme support, thanks to Matthew Willis and altogether a great codebase to build upon, thanks to all of our contributors.

February 04, 2005 07:45 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

XForms for Mozilla

The Mozilla Foundation today announced the beta release of the W3C's XForms 1.0 Recommendation. XForms is the forms module standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which enables developers to deliver the type of next-generation, rich, portable web-based applications desired by corporate IT. Developed in collaboration with IBM, Novell, and the open source community, XForms technology is now available as an extension to the Mozilla 1.8 and Firefox 1.1 web browsers which are currently under development. This release is intended for users in non-production environments who are interested in exploring XForms 1.0 technology ahead of the extension's general availability release later this year. The extension is available for Linux, Windows, and Macintosh platforms. Beta user feedback on this release is highly encouraged. Please consult the beta release notes for information on known limitations and how to provide beta feedback.
Press release
Technical stuff incl download and demos

This is really cool stuff. Note that this is the first time a XML language can be installed via an XPI. Not since JavaScript has there been such an revolution!

February 02, 2005 09:54 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Redesigned cookie prefs in Mozilla Suite

Ian Neal writes in bug 278221:
I'm looking at splitting the site management part of cookies from the view/management of cookies themselves and redesign the cookie pref screen along similar lines to the cookie prefs screen on firefox. At the moment the cookie prefs screen runs off the bottom of the preferences page and various options that probably be disabled at certain times are not.

It's not checked in yet.

Old cookie pref dialog
New cookie pref dialog

January 30, 2005 01:49 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 1.1 to be Delayed and A New Religion

Firefox lead engineer turned Google developer Ben Goodger announced on his Web log late this week that version 1.1 of Firefox will be delayed. The next major release of the browser had originally been scheduled for a March debut. However, Goodger said the release date had to be pushed back because of "the realities of the work remaining to be done," including a lot of bug fixes and testing to ensure a stable application.
Read article and blog entry

Firefox - A New Religion?
Is Firefox a bad web browser? No. Is it the next coming of the Almighty? According to some it would seem that way. It is one thing recommending a program, it is entirely another to preach about something as if you were part of a religious cult.
Read entry

January 30, 2005 01:38 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

There goes number 2

Another key Mozilla Developer, Darin Fisher, announced today that he has joined Google inc. Ben Goodger, on Monday, announced that he had joined Google Inc but pledged to continue work on the Mozilla Project and on key releases like Firefox 1.1, 1.5 and 2.0. Darin, who currently owns Cookie/Permissions, NetLib (The Mozilla Networking Library) and NSPR (Netscape Portable Runtime) modules has also announced he will continue work on these Mozilla Projects. In a brief post on his weblog, Darin said the following "I thought I'd post that I have joined Google as well. Like Ben, I will still be very much involved with the Mozilla project and community :-)". Darin has previously worked for IBM and Netscape/AOL. Clearly Google is developing technologies that will build into or off current Mozilla projects. Neither Google nor Darin have announced what Darin's work role at Google will be.
Read more

January 26, 2005 06:03 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Bugzilla attack on

A couple of hours ago bugzilla mails started to pour in from They all contained the same comment and the same action. changed status on all open bugs into Resolved Fixed. All bugs were submitted with the following comment:
these bugs are not from me they where on there when i bought the computer.

This is one of the first larger bugzilla attacks I've seen. I'm not sure what can be done to prevent this. Anyone can sign up for a bugzilla account and anyone can change all aspects of bugs. This is the beauty of bugzilla but also it's Achilles heel.

January 25, 2005 10:39 AM | Permalink | 9 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Speedfreaks - Here you go!

If you like to try out some faster (and potentially less stable) builds of Mozilla this is one of the places to turn to.

I build and develop optimized versions of the Mozilla Suite, Mozilla Firefox browser, and the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. My builds are designed for maximum stability and speed. For example, with the Firefox browser, I have found a noticable increase in browsing speed when compared to the official Firefox builds. I am currently releasing three versions, or "M" builds - M1, M2, and M3, of the Mozilla Suite, Firefox browser, and Thunderbird email client. Each M version is designed to exploit features of particular processors and/or instruction sets and is thus limited in its compatibility.
Read more and download

Also be sure to check out the Third Party/Unofficial Builds forum at MozillaZine.

January 24, 2005 09:13 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla terms explained

Sometimes people gets confused about the different Mozilla terms. Asa explains some of them in a news posting:

Gecko - The rendering engine upon which all of the Mozilla applications rely.

Mozilla Platform - Gecko, plus the XPToolkit upon which XUL-applications can be built.

Mozilla, the applications suite, also known as Seamonkey - The legacy Mozilla (the organization) applications which is built from the Mozilla Platform including Gecko.

Firefox and Thunderbird - The premier Mozilla (the organization) applications built from the Mozilla Platform (including Gecko).

Mozilla 2.0 - The next generation of Mozilla technologies and APIs (platform) which will include the Gecko rendering engine and the cross-platform toolkit.

January 24, 2005 08:53 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Phishing Detection Support to Thunderbird checked in

The following was just checked into the trunk of Mozilla Thunderbird:
Get a phishing detector going for Thunderbird. I'm sure it can be improved quite a bit but this starts to catch some of the more obvious scams.

More info in the bug report:
When the user clicks on a URL that we think is a phishing URL, he now gets prompted before we open it. Handles two cases so far. Hopefully we can add more as we figure out how. The host name of the actual URL is an IP address. The link text is a URL whose host name does not match the host name of the actual URL.. I added support for a silentMode so later on we can hopefully walk an existing message DOM and call into this routine on each link element in the DOM. This would allow us to insert an email scam warning bar in the message window down the road.

See screenshot
View bug report

January 21, 2005 09:04 AM | Permalink | 9 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Translate Linky

Linky is my Mozilla extension that will increase your power to handle links. It will let you open or download all or selected links, image links and even web addresses found in the text in separate or different tabs or windows. You will just need to right click any link or web address, select the Linky menu item and choose the desired action. You can even specify what option you want to see available in the Linky menu through its preferences.

If you wish to translate Linky into your language, please use the following steps:

Start by translating the following files:
- linky.dtd

Also change the first line of all this files from:
<!-- Translation done by Henrik Gemal -->
<!-- Translation done by Your Name and Your Contact information -->

Then change "en-US" in this file into your language code:
- contents.rdf

Now test the translation. You can do this very easily by downloading the latest linky.xpi file and replacing the files in the locale/en-US/ directory with your own files. I don't have the resources to test it, so it's all up to you. If you're using UltraEdit as your editor remember to turn off the setting "Write UTF-8 BOM header". Otherwise Mozilla will fail loading the file.

Finally zip the files and send it to me. The email address is spam at gemal dot dk.

January 19, 2005 06:10 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Netscape Updates Browser Prototype

Netscape has released a minor update to its reincarnated Web browser, which debuted in prototype form at the end of November. The new release -- available to registered testers -- brings the Netscape code base up to Firefox 1.0 in order to resolve potential security issues, in addition to fixing a few bugs.
Read article

Useragent for the prototype is:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20050101 Firefox/0.6.4 Build number: 20050101

Like with the old browser prototype, I've taken some screenshots for you: - Main browser window - About window - Options General - Options - Privacy - Options - Tab Browsing - Options - Site Controls - Options - Downloads - Options - Form Fill and Passcards - Options - Advanced - Customize Toolbar

January 18, 2005 11:13 AM | Permalink | 9 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Checkins of the week

Some important checkins happened this week.

Rework toolkit command-line handling
This is the bug for

Merge myspell back from the openoffice original
Once upon a time the openoffice spellchecker was ported to mozilla. All cool. But since then, development has been split. There are bugs in the mozilla spellchecker that are not in the openoffice one. Features are missing and added back way later with lots of pain. I think it would make sense to remerge if possible. If the openoffice spellchecker is sufficient stand alone, it could be done with minimum pain. If we don't change much (in the ideal case, nothing) merging later would be easy.

Support for specifying a date on which a bug is expected to be resolved
We really need this at work. We use Bugzilla as an internal bug reporting system and it lacks some time/date/planning stuff.

Provide a way to prioritize connections
Many part of the browser could benefit of this feature. Tabbed browsing: browsing on the current tab would not slow down. Opening a bookmark group would display one page while the other page would continue to download in the background. Download manager could have the ability to speedup one of its downloaded files.

January 18, 2005 10:20 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

RSS and Tabbed Browsing in Safari, Firefox, and Camino

Tabbed browsing is a good way to reduce the amount of clutter that your browser makes on your desktop when you view several web pages at the same time. Instead of opening multiple windows, tabbed browsing displays all the pages within a single window. It's especially useful when reading news feeds such as weblogs. In this article, I will first discuss the built-in support of RSS in Firefox and how it makes use of tabbed browsing, and then discuss the tabbed browsing feature in Safari and Camino.
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January 12, 2005 08:22 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Securing Thunderbird email with OpenPGP

Email is commonly used in business today, yet only a small percentage of users take the time to guarantee their email is sent in a secure and confidential manner. If you're not part of that elite group, read on to learn how to setup OpenPGP with the Mozilla Thunderbird mail component. OpenPGP is a patent-free encryption scheme based on the same security architecture as the commercial version of PGP, which has been available since the early 90's. Thunderbird uses OpenPGP through the GnuPG implementation -- developed by the Free Software Foundation -- for interpreting and sending digitally signed and encrypted messages. The first step in setting up Thunderbird with OpenPGP is to have GnuPG installed on your system. The majority of Linux distros include this package in their official release. Query for it on your system be entering the following command: which gpg. If it's not found, or if you are using a different operating system like Windows or MAC, then you will need to download and install it. The cornerstone to GnuPG's security -- and hence OpenPGP -- are key pairs. Made up of a private and a public key, they are used throughout the security loop by both sender and receiver, as we will observe in the rest of this article.

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January 10, 2005 08:27 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Watch out, Internet Explorer and Google: A pack of powerful browsers and search engines are gunning for you

There's something new on the Web every second, but most people have been using the same old browser and search sites for as long as they can remember. We put the latest versions of five browsers, along with three shells for Microsoft's long-in-the-tooth Internet Explorer, through their paces, and we took a fresh look at your search options, whether you want to find the latest news, the best info, or the lowest prices.

You aren't using the best browser. At least, if you're like about 90 percent of Web users, you aren't. Firefox, the new kid on the block, is safer and livelier, and it offers a better Web experience than any other browser out there--and not just because Microsoft has made a mess of market-leader Internet Explorer. We tested IE and four of its strongest competitors--the initial Firefox release, Mozilla 1.7.3, Netscape 7.2, and Opera 7.54--for features, ease of use, and Web site compatibility, to see which makes the best alternative to Internet Explorer. And for an alternative to the alternatives, we looked at three programs that extend IE, adding features and enhancing security. All of these tools are priced just right at zero dollars each (for personal use, and in Opera's case if you don't mind ads). Our Best Bet is the Mozilla Foundation's upstart, open-source Firefox for its fast, simple, and secure approach to the Web.

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January 10, 2005 03:00 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Ny browser vinder frem

2% or 1 out of 50 of the danish internet users are using Mozilla Firefox.

Web-browseren Firefox vinder frem på bekostning af Microsofts Internet Explorer, understreger nye tal fra Foreningen af Danske Internetmedier. På Computerworld Online har snart to ud af fem brugere droppet Microsofts Internet Explorer. Nye tal fra Foreningen af Danske Internetmedier (FDIM) understreger fremgangen for open source web-browseren Firefox, der langsomt vinder ind på den altdominerende Internet Explorer fra Microsoft. Det er kun anden gang, at FDMI opgør andelen af browsere. Tallene er interessante, fordi de inkluderer de danskere, der i december har besøgt 20 af de største websites i Danmark, og således viser udviklingen i den brede befolkning. Ifølge tallene var der installeret Firefox på 2,41 procent af danskernes internet-pc'er, og det var en fordobling i forhold til den første måling i oktober. Tallene viser også, at 1,99 procent - eller en ud af 50 - danske netbrugere allerede er gået i gang med at bruge version 1.0 af Mozilla Firefox, der først blev lanceret i begyndelsen af november.

Danske tal viser stor Firefox-fremgang
Ny browser vinder frem
Mozilla Firefox-brug fordoblet på to måneder
Gallup/FDIM BrowserBarometer

January 07, 2005 08:29 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Provide Firefox MSI package checkin

The first step in providing a Mozilla Firefox MSI package has been checked in. Read more in bug 231062. Checked in files can be seen here.

January 07, 2005 12:05 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox and Thunderbird 1.1 flags

Asa writes (on behalf of the Firefox and Thunderbird teams):

I've just created the "blocking-aviary1.1" flag in Bugzilla. This flag is for nominating bugs as blockers for either of the Firefox 1.1 or Thunderbird 1.1 release. The 1.1 releases will be primarily geared toward picking up all of the great Gecko-core changes that have happened since April of last year, which weren't included in the 1.0 releases. These releases are not intended as major feature releases so please use the blocking nominations for bugs, especially regressions, rather than lots of new features.

January 06, 2005 08:28 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Launchy 3.7.0 released - JSLib dropped

I've just released version 3.7.0 of Launchy. Launchy is a Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Netscape and Nvu extension that will enable you to open current page, links, mailto, images and view source with external applications. Download

The biggest news in this release is the replacement of JSLib with my own IO lib based on this module. This should take care of some problems some users were having with Launchy.

I had to replace JSLib, since JSLib has a problem with the global namespace. Basically this problem occurs when multiple extensions are including JSLib. So if extension A is including a version of JSLib and then extension B also is including a JSLib version, it's only the first loaded extension that works. Some people using Launchy found themself having this problem if Launchy was loaded after the StumbleUpon extension. Loading order is the way the extensions are listed in the extension manager.

To eliminate this problem the extensions have to rely on JSLib being installed on it's own and not included inside the extension. But since people don't have control over how an extension is installed this is not very useful. How does one control the installation process at ie., since there's no dependencies.

So what I really miss in the install.rdf script is a depend tag. So I can say that JSLib version blabla has to be installed for this extension to work. What could also be nice was some kind of namespace for each extension. If I in my extension have a global variable called test then other extensions also have this variable.

For more information please turn to bug 8032 and bug 8070.

Translated Launchy
The other big news in version 3.7.0 is the addition of translations. Launchy version 3.7.0 has been translated into 9 languages. Danish (da-DK), German (de-DE), Spanish (es-ES), Italian (it-IT), Dutch (nl-NL), Portuguese (pt-BR), Russian (ru-RU), Chinese Simplified (zh-CN), Traditional Chinese (zh-TW). Thanks to all the translators that read my posting.

Download and install
Get the latest and greatest version of Launchy right here. Full changelog

January 05, 2005 04:46 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Testing of a release

In an interesting post Asa writes about how the testing of a release is done. This is a very good way to get some insight in how the testing of the 1.8 Alpha 6 release is done.

This morning, Tracy, Marcia, Sarah, and I all shifted our focus to testing for the 1.8 Alpha 6 release that's upcoming. We've been mostly focused on the Firefox and Thunderbird releases for the last few months (with Tracy doing some Seamonkey smoketesting too.) Many folks, including QA, have been away on vacations, breaks, etc. so it wasn't a shock that today's trunk builds weren't in the greatest apparent shape when we dove in. We met on IRC because we're all in different location and broke up the smoketesting according to platform with Sarah on Linux, Marcia on Mac, and Tracy and me on Windows (that's how we've been doing it for a while now with the Aviary builds.) Sarah was focused on the GTK2+XFT Linux builds because I'm planning to move to those, rather than the old GTK1 builds, as the official release for 1.8a6. We don't yet have the installer ported to GTK2 (anyone out there interested in doing this?) but the advantages of the GTK2+XFT build seem to us (me, bryner, dbaron) to far outweigh the lack of an installer and maybe we can even do a couple of different RPMs for 1.8 final.
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January 05, 2005 09:00 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Danske Netbank virker nu endelig med Firefox

Dennis Plougman Buus skriver i en mail til mig:

Danske Bank har for nyligt fået et alternativt login-system til Danske Netbank som ikke bruger ActiveX. Istedet får man en lille lommeregner-agtig dims kaldet ActivCard. Den genererer en 8-cifret login kode hver gang man vil logge på netbanken.

På seneste version af deres side med systemforudsætninger for brug af hjemmesiden og Netbank står der nu at siderne er valideret med

...og Firefox er listet på browseroversigten og kan nu bruges til Netbanken ved hjælp af ActivCard.

(dog yder de kun support for IE og Safari)

Note: Firefox Addon'en "Stop Autoplay" skal deaktiveres før man kan logge på Danske Bank Netbank.

January 04, 2005 10:22 PM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Extensions I use - part 3

It's time for a updated list of my previous postings here and here. These are the extensions I use, not just the ones I have installed.

Firefox Extensions
  • Web Developer - Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
  • LastTab - Allows tab navigation in a most recently used manner.
  • Linkification - Converts text links into genuine, clickable links.
  • LiveBookmarkThis - Gives an Add Live Bookmark option when right-clicking links
  • Gcache - Displays a google cached version of the webpage.
  • Location Navigator - Tools used to navigate up/down through the numeric portion of a location.
  • Popup Allow - Temporarily disables the popup blocker when the Caps Lock key is pressed.
  • CuteMenus - Adds icons to menus and popups.
  • InfoLister - Lists installed extensions and themes
  • Linky - Open/download/validate links and pictures in tabs or windows.
  • TDC CMS - Extension for TDC CMS
  • SwitchProxy Tool - A tool that allows you to manage and switch between multiple proxy configurations quickly and easily.
  • OpenBook - Allows for customization of the Add Bookmark dialog
  • Link Toolbar - A site-navigation toolbar
  • SearchStatus - Display the Google PageRank and Alexa ranking with search-related tools.
  • Favicon Picker - This extension adds UI for replacing bookmark icons.
  • QuickTabPrefToggle - Adds a toggle button for single window mode.
  • Adblock - Filters ads from web-pages
  • Launchy - Open links and mailto's with external applications like Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Outlook etc
  • BugMeNot - Bypass compulsory web registration with the context menu via
  • undoclosetab - Adds Undo Close Tab.
  • Flat Bookmark Editing - Edit bookmarks in the bookmark manager, without opening the properties window.
  • Slashy - Fixes Windows backslash file separators in links and images
Thunderbird Extensions
  • Buttons! - Adds buttons!
  • View Headers Toggle Button - This extension adds a toolbar button that allows the easy toggling of viewing all headers. Now also plays nicely with Enigmail.
  • Folderpane Tools - Allows for customization of the folder pane such as rearranging accounts and choosing a startup folder.
  • Sender Policy Framework Extension - Checks emails against SPF records. Protects you from phishing.
  • Mail Redirect - Allow to redirect (a.k.a. "bounce") mail messages to other recipients
  • Launchy - Open links and mailto's with external applications like Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Outlook etc
  • TB Attachment Tools Extension - You can now do all kinds of things with attachments.
  • MessageID-Finder - MessageID-Finder is a addon for the mozilla mail/news-client which helps you to find the message to a certain messageid.
  • AboutConfig - about:config
  • InfoLister - Lists installed extensions and themes
January 04, 2005 03:58 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Free Fall: Internet Explorer Has Now Lost 30% Of The Browser Market

By December 2005 or before, as I have previously anticipated, Internet Explorer will not be anymore the browser of choice for the majority of Internet users. Today, according to my own traffic statistics based on a sample of over 600,000 visitors from over 180 countries, Internet Explorer controls slightly more than 70% of the browser market, where, just twelve months ago it had over 91% of it. The rapid loss of IE users is now a clear and definite trend that appears to be unstoppable: Internet Explorer is showing many bad wrinkles and a slippery short term memory. For a fast-growing number of experienced Internet users IE is already NOT anymore a browser option to consider.
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January 03, 2005 11:41 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

The challenge to Internet Explorer

The Internet browser Firefox is going to whomp Microsoft Internet Explorer. I don't think that's a prediction; Firefox is ripping gobbets of market share from Internet Explorer. It is already in the hands of millions who are anti-Microsoft and will move into millions more who are unhappy with the security problems of Internet Explorer (among other things). And you know what? I don't think this triumph is the most important thing about Firefox. Yes, Firefox will become the most successful open-source consumer product ever, and force Microsoft to get off its duff. More important, I think and I hope it signals a turning point in what we expect from software. Reviews of Firefox abound, so I won't plunge into details. Most reviews are favorable but hedge--there's a reason for that, which I'll get back to. My point of view is simple: You owe it to yourself (and your business) to try it. Firefox is fast (Web pages pop), secure (it was built for security, and should stay that way for a while), runs on many platforms (Windows 98 and up, Linux, and Mac OS X), and uncluttered (the user interface is a model of simplicity). Since Internet Explorer--which until recently had over 95 percent of the market--is not fast, not very secure, not multiplatform, nor uncluttered, Firefox deserves to succeed.
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January 03, 2005 06:16 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Overlays.rdf cleaner?

Again and again I and others get into a situation where my extensions are no longer working. I'm not sure how, but I do. So I try to uninstall the extensions and reinstall them. But this rarely works. So I have to do some manual cleanup. Looking at the overlays.rdf files in chrome/overlayinfo directory I always find some references to some old uninstalled extension. I always also find left over references in the chrome/chrome.rdf file.

Wouldn't it be possible to do some kind of automatically cleanup of, at least, the overlays.rdf files?

Hasn't anybody written an extension that does some XUL/RDF cleanup of the Mozilla files?

Are anybody else having problems like these?

December 30, 2004 02:20 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Throws Lightning in Outlook's Direction

From MozillaWiki
Lightning is the working project name for an extension to tightly integrate calendar functionality (scheduling, tasks, etc.) into Thunderbird.

The Mozilla foundation has unveiled a new project called "Lightning" that will be tightly integrated into Mozilla's new Thunderbird e-mail client and sharpen the client's elbows against rival Microsoft's Outlook software. With Lightning, Thunderbird will have user features that may compete with Microsoft in the enterprise and thwart the software giant's size advantage by being free of cost.
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Other sources:
From Neowin

Interesting reply to posting by Michael McCallister

The first release candidate for the upcoming Sunbird 0.2 release has been released. Read about it. Download it.

December 25, 2004 12:48 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Happy holidays

I wish you all a merry merry Christmas!

Happy holidays from all of us at Mozilla

This holiday season, why not treat your family, friends and acquaintances to the gift of Firefox? We've set up a simple e-greeting program and, with the help from one of our talented design-team volunteers, we've uploaded some nice Firefox greeting cards for the holidays. Head on over to the e-greetings module, where you can send Firefox and Thunderbird greeting cards (you'll need to click on the little envelope icons to send a card). You can even add your own greeting card designs (please exercise good taste!) or vote on designs submitted by other sfx members.

The direct link to the Christmas card is here.

December 22, 2004 02:14 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Sync mozilla calendar with Sony Ericsson T630

Let me start of by saying: I haven't done this myself, so I cant answer any questions about it. I just found it interesting enough to post:

This is how I've manage to sync Mozilla Calendar with my Sony Ericsson T630. I use a program called MultiSync which has two plugins I use. A bluetooth plugin so I can connect with my phone and the Ximian Evolution plugin for my addressbook and calendar. As you probably know I'm not using Evolution as my calendar but it uses ics-files just as Mozilla Sunbird. I configured the plugin to use ~/.mozilla/sunbird/calendar.ics and then just dont use Evolution. Works really good with bluetooth. Just run the program and my calendar gets synced. That was the main reason that I bought a my new phone.

MultiSync is a free modular program to synchronize calendars, addressbooks and other PIM data between programs on your computer and other computers, mobile devices, PDAs or cell phones. MultiSync works on any Gnome platform, such as Linux. So no Windows sync yet.

From this page you can see which devices currently are supported. No Nokia phones support.

December 16, 2004 02:08 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Development Under Way

Ben Goodger writes:
I'm still working on a product plan for 1.5/2.0, but while that progresses I've also begun a lot of development work for 1.1. I really need to buckle down and finish off the various patches that I have in motion at the moment, before I lose any or they become out of date. What I'm doing right now: Mac Browser Profile Migration (Safari, MacIE done, Camino in progress, todo: OmniWeb). Mac Shell Service for Default Browser, etc. New Options Window, so that it works properly on OS X, GNOME (non modal, instant-apply settings) etc. And some ancilliary patches that pave the way for 1.5 and 2.0 features, like a patch that improves the look of tabs on Windows.
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December 16, 2004 10:04 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox Advertisement in New York Times

Mozilla Firefox Advertisement in New York Times
The Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving choice and promoting innovation on the Internet, today announced that it has placed a two-page ad in the December 16th edition of the New York Times. The ad, coordinated by Spread Firefox, features the names of the thousands of people worldwide who contributed to the Mozilla Foundation's fundraising campaign to support last month's highly successful launch of the open source Mozilla Firefox 1.0 web browser.
The advertisement is the result of a donation campaign started about two months ago in It raised $250,000 in ten days.

- Read press release
- The advertisement in PNG
- The advertisement in PDF
- Buy the poster

December 16, 2004 09:58 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Thunderbird, Firefox, and Transitional Applications

These last few months have been extremely exciting for the talented developers at the Mozilla project. Their Firefox browser has re-ignited the browser wars and done what no one thought possible -- taken a substantial market share away from the security-problem-plagued Internet Explorer. Last week, various news outlets were reporting that Penn State University had joined a growing chorus of warnings, issuing a statement to staff and students, advising them to dump Internet Explorer and use alternate browsers such as Firefox. When I visited their site, I discovered that this is not the first time they have issued this warning. A few months ago, even US-CERT and the Department of Homeland Security suggested that users might want to use a different browser to deal with these security issues. Still, despite a seemingly endless parade of security issues, Microsoft's browser has managed to hold on to its position for an amazingly long time. Time, however, has a habit of chipping away at the sturdiest of empires. As I write this, over ten million copies of Firefox have already been downloaded since version 1.0 was released, just over a month ago. Meanwhile, version 1.0 of the Mozilla Thunderbird email package has just become available. It will certainly be fascinating to see how well it does in enticing people away from Microsoft's email package.
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December 15, 2004 10:16 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks upgraded has been upgraded. It now runs version 2.19.1+. You can read about the new features available.

Bugzilla is server software designed to help you manage software development.

December 13, 2004 09:33 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

AOL Media Player is using XUL

According to this article at Beta News the new AOL Media Player is built atop the company's Communicator XUL user interface framework.

Surprisingly, AOL Media Player is not based on AOL's Winamp platform, only utilizing Winamp's "Unagi" playback engine. Instead, AOL Media Player is built atop the company's Communicator XUL user interface framework. Communicator was first unveiled in beta form two years ago and eventually evolved into Fanfare.
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Update: AOL Media Player is NOT using XUL at all. AOL Communicator also does NOT use XUL. They are both built using wxWindows.
Thanks to Daniel Glazman for the comment. The article at Beta News has now fixed the misunderstanding and the quote reads:
AMP is built atop the company's Communicator user interface framework.

December 10, 2004 10:28 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

New Reporter Tool

Robert Accettura writes:
We need some feedback from you on a new webtool. I've been working with Asa on a new webtool to help some of the problems faced by the evangelism effort. The tool uses a Firefox extension to allow users to submit sites that block Firefox, misrender, mangle, bust, destroy, or otherwise molest Gecko in some way/shape/form. Most of the data collected is automated (all but problem description category, and a free comment area), and it's completely guided. This forces users to submit valid clean useful data, with minimal effort.
Test the webtool
Install the extension
After installing the extension a menuitem called "Report Broken Website" appears under Help.

Screenshots here:

December 09, 2004 07:58 AM | Permalink | 9 Comments | 2 TrackBacks

Fizzilla, CHBrowserView, Cocoazilla, Camino

Let me give a little background, that might help. In the beginning, there was Mozilla. The widget and graphics layers were written with Quickdraw using all of the old Mac OS API calls. The app ran on OS8 and OS9. Then Apple released Mac OS X and they wanted a whole bunch of apps to run on it with limited tweaking. They munged all the old APIs into a reduced set called "Carbon". These are mostly legacy APIs, C-based. Many of them have existed since 1984. Also "introduced" with OS X was a totally separate UI toolkit called "Cocoa" based on the NeXTStep objective-C toolkit, cleaned up and repurposed for OS X, called "Cocoa". These toolkits live independently for the most part.
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December 09, 2004 12:15 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla i de danske medier

Hermed lidt fra de danske medier om Mozilla:

Mozilla-program udfordrer Outlook Express
Mozilla har netop lanceret Thunderbird, et mailprogram, der skal konkurrere med de kendte programmer Outlook Express og Eudora. Brugere skal ikke alene overbevises af solid sikkerhed - de skal konverteres.

Firefox-brugere klikker ikke på reklamebannere
Internet-brugere som surfer med Firefox-browseren klikker kun sjældent på online-reklamebannere. Det viser en ny analyse, som annoncefirmaet Ad-Tech har foretaget. Blandt Firefox-brugere er det i gennemsnit kun 0,11 procent, som klikker på en netannonce. Til sammenligning er tallet 0,24 pct. for Mozilla, 0,3 pct. for Netscape og 0,5 pct. for Internet Explorer.

Problemer med ung ræv
Problemet er, at webudviklerne ofte kun har udviklet deres sider til en browser, nemlig Internet Explorer. Det svarer til, at bygge en motorvej og kun tillade Mazdaer at køre på den, siger Henrik Gemal, der har haft en finger med i udviklingen af Firefox og fejrede udgivelsen af den nye browser med at arrangere et stort release-party på Ølbaren i København.

Ny Netscape satser på to heste
Netscape, som engang var Internet-kongen, før Microsoft slog til, satser på to heste med sin kommende opdatering af sit Internet-program. Den nye udgave vil både kunne fungere med Mozillas Gecko-nethåndtering, som bl.a. det succesrige Firefox og tidligere Netscape-udgaver bruger, og med Microsofts Internet Explorer. Dermed kan brugerne selv skifte, for mange netsider er programmeret til specifikt at fungere med Internet Explorer, selv om især Firefox på det seneste har vundet markedsandele. Den nye Netscape, som er gratis, forventes klar ved årsskiftet.

December 08, 2004 02:47 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

On the way to Firefox 1.1

Branch Landing Complete. The Firefox trunk is now more or less synced with the last 7 months of Firefox development. Various small and not so small regressions abound, but we'll be catching those in the coming week. Once we've got a good fresh slate to work with, we'll be well on our way to 1.1!
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Read about Firefox:Branch Landing

December 01, 2004 10:29 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Outsourced Netscape Merges Firefox, IE

AOL will today unveil a prototype of its revived Netscape Browser, which serves as a test bed for several new features. The new Netscape is based on Firefox, but with a twist - it includes support for switching to Microsoft's IE engine. BetaNews has also learned that Netscape's development was not done in-house by AOL, but rather outsourced to Canadian software firm Mercurial Communications.

The Netscape prototype is built upon Mozilla Firefox 0.9.3, which means it utilizes the same user interface toolkit and Gecko browser engine. The browser's theme has been redone to match Netscape's traditional green style and, as expected, customized Netscape-specific extensions have been added to the toolbar offering weather and news headlines.

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November 30, 2004 06:00 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 3 TrackBacks

Translate Launchy

Translation of my Mozilla extension Launchy are starting to happen. Launchy has now been translated into Danish (da-DK), Italian (it-IT), Polish (pl-PL) and Russian (ru-RU).

If you wish to translate Launchy into your language, please use the following steps:

Start by translating the following files:
- context.ent
- options.ent

Also change the first line of all this files from:
<!-- Translation done by Henrik Gemal -->
<!-- Translation done by Your Name and Your Contact information -->

Then change "en-US" in this file into your language code:
- contents.rdf

Now test the translation. You can do this very easily by downloading the latest launchy.xpi file and replacing the files in the locale/en-US/ directory with your own files. I don't have the resources to test it, so it's all up to you. If you're using UltraEdit as your editor remember to turn off the setting "Write UTF-8 BOM header". Otherwise Mozilla will fail loading the file.

Finally zip the files and send it to me. The email address is spam at gemal dot dk.

November 30, 2004 08:34 AM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Volunteers spread word of Firefox

By day, Alexander Vincent is a mild-mannered secretary for a Vallejo real estate broker. By night, he's an online crusader protecting users of a new Internet browser from glitches and security bugs. If he were a superhero, you might call him Mozilla Man. In fact, Vincent is part of a worldwide army of Mozilla men and women who believe in freedom, progress and the inalienable right to an open source browser. Their weapon of faith is Fire- fox, a free browser created by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation as an alternative to Microsoft's ubiquitous Internet Explorer. Officially released this month, Firefox is converting a growing number of Internet users -- and nibbling away at Microsoft's dominance.
Read about Mozilla Man!

November 29, 2004 11:05 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Is Microsoft creating tomorrow's IE security holes today?

Internet Explorer's problems can be traced to Microsoft's shortsightedness during the browser wars of the 1990s. Is the company sowing tomorrow's security woes today? One day early last summer, I looked out my window and saw my neighbor planting a seedling just two feet from the side of his house. I knew that decades from now this particular type of tree would grow huge, and being that close it would certainly damage his house's foundation. I could have gone out there and warned him, but this was the same guy who calls animal control every time my dog steps outside my home. So I said nothing. Revenge is sweet, even if it takes fifty years to fulfill. Around my yard, I space the trees and plants as if they were already full grown. Why do I do this? Because I am a security consultant.
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November 29, 2004 10:45 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox Architect Talks IE, Future Plans

Following our two-part interview with Microsoft's Internet Explorer product manager, BetaNews sat down with lead Firefox architect Blake Ross to discuss the recent launch of the browser that has challenged IE's reign. Ross fires back at Microsoft's claims of superiority and offers insight into the future goals of the open source Firefox. 19 year-old Blake Ross seems an unlikely foe for a company that has taken on the U.S. and European governments, but this Stanford student and part-time Mozilla developer is adamant in his mission: Take back the Web. As downloads of Firefox 1.0 surpass 6.5 million, Ross and fellow Firefox developers have the attention of even Microsoft's top brass.
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November 29, 2004 06:56 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsoft: We did not use Firefox

Oddly enough, Microsoft is promoting Mozilla Firefox. The company recently provided the press with a screenshot of MSN Search displayed on the open source browser. Microsoft's PR firm denied using Firefox for any of MSN Search's screenshots. Alert reader Dror Levin read a review of the new MSN Search on the Seattle Post Intelligencer. He noticed something strange about the screenshot in the article, found a larger version of it and was surprised to find out that while the OS was Windows XP, the browser used was Firefox. The photo credit says "(AP Photo/HO/Microsoft)", which means it was distributed to AP by Microsoft. Brian Peterson, of Microsoft's PR firm Waggener Edstrom, said: "None of our approved/distributed screen shots of MSN Search were made using a Mozilla Firefox browser. Moving forward, we will not be commenting on this issue".
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November 26, 2004 10:27 AM | Permalink | 8 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox : The Guerilla Approach To Reloading The Web

So I've come to the conclusion that the only way to get Firefox used by the internet population at large, and to stop all these stupid spyware exploits and viruses clogging up our precious bandwidth every two days, is guerilla tactics. We need to employ our own version of Microsoft's campaign of the '90s, and simply remove any sign of Internet Explorer from their computers. I don't go in for the customising of Firefox to look exactly like Internet Explorer, partly because Firefox with Qute looks 100 times nicer than IE ever could. But this campaign could be very effective. It's simple: go onto your friend/flatmate/work colleague's computer and get rid of the desktop IE icon and any links from the start menu, quick-launch bar and so on. Install Firefox and make icons in exactly the same place as they'll simply go there to launch it anyway. But make sure you rename them to "Internet" - we don't want our dear friends getting confused, after all. This is something I've already tried out a couple of times and it seems pretty effective. If they're tech-savvy enough to notice that something is different, simply say: "Oh, it's a new version" - then show them some of the new features included. Hey, we're not saying they've been included by Microsoft!

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November 24, 2004 07:20 PM | Permalink | 6 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

TDC root CA certs formally approved

This is great news for the Danish people. Frank Hecker have formally approved added the TDC root CA certificates to Mozilla. This means that the next version of NSS will contain the TDC root CA certificates, once that bug 271551 gets checked in.

The TDC root certificates we're talking about are the TDC OCES certificate and the TDC Internet certificate. The TDC OCES certificate is the root certificate for all Digital Signatures (certificates) in Denmark.

How does adding certificates to Mozilla work?
All the trusted certificates in Mozilla live in a separate component called NSS. This component is handling all security function in Mozilla. All Mozilla products includes a version of NSS. This means that different Mozilla products include different versions of NSS. So once we get the TDC root certificates into NSS, the next time Mozilla Firefox or Mozilla Thunderbird chooses to release a version with an updated NSS component the TDC root certificates will be included.

When will the root certificates be available in a Mozilla release?
I'm not sure. I really really hope that we can get this one into the Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0 release. But Mozilla Thunderbird might already have settled on a NSS version. So perhaps in Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.1 or 1.1.

What does this mean for me, as a Danish citizen?
This means that once the root certificates gets added to NSS and a product is released, you can fx send a signed email to any recipients and the recipient can verify the digital signature (certificate) without first having, like today, to download and install the root certificate yourself.

Big thanks to both Frank Hecker and Peter Lind Damkjær for working to get the TDC certificates into Mozilla NSS.

Strangely enough has the news about the inclusion of the TDC certificates into Mozilla already be noted in the Danish news:
- Den digitale signatur får blåt stempel af Microsoft
- Digital signatur får ny anerkendelse

November 24, 2004 05:50 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft's enemy within?

Does the popularity of Mozilla Firefox know no bounds? Publicity doing the rounds to support stories about Microsoft's MSN Search seems to include screenshots of something that looks strangely like Firefox. Ido Kenan of Israeli site NRG Maariv has investigated the strange case of a PR shot of this combination labeled "AP Photo/HO/Microsoft". This construction is generally used for photo credits where the photo has been issued by Microsoft, and if you look around you'll find a few other examples. HO simply stands for "Hand Out", which usually means the outfit writing the story (here, Associated Press) sourced the photo from Microsoft. One of the stories that has used it to illustrate an MSN Search review can be seen here, and there are plenty more versions of the AP article. NRG Maariv has as link to a bigger version if you can't quite make out it's Firefox.
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November 24, 2004 01:23 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox 2.0 Roadmap

We are planning for a Firefox 2.0, but will divide the planned work over (at this point) three major Milestones, 1.1 (March 2005), 1.5 (unscheduled) and 2.0 (unscheduled). All development work will be done on the Mozilla trunk, and these releases will coincide with Gecko version revs.

Some likely goals include:
- Improvements to Bookmarks/History
- Per-Site Options
- Enhancements to the Extensions system, Find Toolbar, Software Update, Search and other areas.
- Accessibility compliance

Firefox will be one of the most critical delivery vehicles for Gecko and XULRunner technology in 2005. Our goal is to continue to build a "best of breed" browser product for Windows, Linux and MacOS X. We have ambitious goals for the workload between now and our next major release set. This document is a description of our current thinking on how we intend to get to Firefox 2.0.

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November 24, 2004 11:23 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks reorg

Bugzilla people say:
Yesterday and today (part of) the long awaited reorg happened. A new product "Core" was created for things like Necko, Gecko, Editor and other core Gecko components that are shared across all of the Mozilla apps. The Bugs were moved over to the Product. Also a new product "Toolkit" was created, which is obviously for Bugs in the new platform toolkit used by Firefox, Thunderbird and Sunbird atm (i hope i didn't miss a application. What didn't happen in this reorg was the change of the default assignees to generic adresses. That's all for now, i hope i didn't miss anything.

November 23, 2004 12:43 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

If you think IE sucks, use Firefox

I think is was Morten from Noget med ild, that during the Danish Mozilla Firefox party Saturday, started with some weird one liners like:
- If you think IE sucks, use Firefox

Some Danish ones:
- Syntes du IE sucks, brug Firefox
- Hvis din browser går i koks, så brug Firefox

So if you got a Firefox one liner, leave a comment. All languages are accepted.

November 23, 2004 10:38 AM | Permalink | 13 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Share calendars on a LAN

A patch has just landed for Mozilla Calendar which:
Provide a way to share calendars on a LAN. No UI etc yet. Provide a way to automatically reload a calendar. Also no UI.

More detailed info:
This is a simple patch to allow clients on a small network to share a calendar without using a didicated server. File locks are implemented using file flags which are not bullet proof but good enough for small networks and small calendar files (larger files might be split into a ro file with old events and a rw file with only active events).

More info in bug 265274

November 23, 2004 08:02 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Copenhagen celebrates Firefox

Mozilla Firefox party in CopenhagenFirefox 1.0 - Danish Dynamite was held yesterday and it was a HUGE success. We celebrated the release of Mozilla Firefox 1.0.
We held the party at Ølbaren where there were a lot of beer and Mozilla conversation.

To get some attention we had produced some posters and stickers. To see a few some pictures, head over to NetFactory.

So a big thanks to all the people that attended the party. Keep spreading the happy Firefox word! You also also buy some Mozilla merchandise

So if you where there, leave a "I was there" comment....

November 20, 2004 09:11 AM | Permalink | 10 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla ActiveX Project Updated for Firefox 1.0

Wouldn't it be great if the Mozilla browser engine were an Active control that could be embedded as in applications? Wouldn't it be great if the Mozilla control used the same API as the Internet Explorer control?
The aim of the Mozilla ActiveX Control project is to be both of these things.

The ActiveX plugin has been updated to work with Firefox 1.0 for Windows. Please don't install this on any other version of Firefox. This version only runs on Firefox 1.0 on Windows and not 0.9, 1.0.1, 1.1 or any other number or platform. You have been warned! Note that unlike previous versions of the control, this one ships in a whitelist mode. I.e, it only supports the Windows Media Player control by default and nothing else. If you you want to enable other controls, or to switch a blacklist mode (at your own risk), refer to the plugin page and the notes concerning the activex.js policy file. This change has been introduced to make the policy consistent with Netscape 7.1/7.2 and to prevent crashes that have been observed with certain 3rd party controls.

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November 19, 2004 11:53 AM | Permalink | 12 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Portable Firefox and Thunderbird

Run Firefox and Thunderbird from a removable/USB drive!

Portable Thunderbird 0.9 (USB Drive-Friendly)
Thunderbird supports running from removable drives with minimal reconfiguration. To make life even easier, I've repackaged Thunderbird as a complete, removable drive-friendly email client.

Portable Firefox 1.0 (USB Drive-Friendly)
Portable Firefox is a fully functional package of Firefox optimized for use on a USB key drive. It has some specially-selected optimizations to make it perform faster and extend the life of your USB key as well as a specialized launcher that will allow most of your favorite extensions to work as you switch computers. It will also work from a CDRW drive (in packet mode), ZIP drives, external hard drives, some MP3 players, flash RAM cards and more.

November 18, 2004 11:26 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Developer Control Panel

By Firefox 1.0, Mozilla Update will have a new section for Extension/Theme authors to login to. This new section will give them the ability to manage their extensions and themes that're hosted on Mozilla Update themselves. Authors will have the ability to add a new extension or theme themselves, as well as adding new versions of that extension or theme, updating an existing listing (including being able to change the application-compatibility settings w/o needing a new file), and if they so desire, the ability to remove entirely an old version of an extension or theme or the entire listing.

I'm really really looking forward to when the Developer Control Panel is launched. Trying to get my extensions updated on is currently a pain.

November 18, 2004 06:25 PM | Permalink | 9 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

asp:Menu control only works in IE. Solution = install Firefox

Found this page today:
Workarounds for "FDBK10939:asp:Menu control only works in IE"

Workaround Steps:
- Install Firefox
- Install user agent spoofer from the updates site like SpoofX or similar.
- Set your useragent spoofer to fake that you are using IE when visiting MS websites.
- Poof, the problem magicly dispears and the menus work.

November 17, 2004 10:47 PM | Permalink | 8 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Extensions I use - part 2

I've written about what extensions I use before and now it's time for an updated list.
  • Buttons - Adds buttons to Thunderbird which can be added to the toolbars.
  • CuteMenus - Adds icons to menus and popups.
  • Gcache - Displays a google cached version of the webpage.
  • InfoLister - Lists vital development information about Firefox
  • Favicon Picker - This extension adds UI for replacing bookmark icons.
  • Launchy - Open links and mailto's with external applications like Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Outlook etc
  • LastTab - Modifies CTRL-TAB to switch to recently selected tabs; CTRL-SHIFT-TAB moves in the opposite direction.
  • Link Toolbar - A site navigation toolbar
  • Linkification - Converts text links into genuine, clickable links.
  • Linky - Open/download/validate links and pictures in tabs or windows.
  • LiveBookmarkThis - Gives an Add Live Bookmark option when right-clicking links
  • Location Navigator - Tools used to navigate up/down through the numeric portion of a location.
  • Named anchors - Adds a new tab to Page Info with information about the named anchors in the current document.
  • OpenBook - Allows for customization of the Add Bookmark dialog
  • QuickTabPrefToggle - Adds a toggle button for single window mode.
  • Popup Allow - Temporarily disables the popup blocker when the Caps Lock key is pressed.
  • Search Status - Display the Google PageRank and Alexa popularity in your browser's status bar.
  • SwitchProxy Tool - A tool that allows you to manage and switch between multiple proxy configurations quickly and easily.
  • TDC CMS - Extension for TDC CMS. Extension I wrote for my company's CMS system.
  • Web Developer - Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
November 17, 2004 04:39 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

The Unofficial Microsoft Weblog about Firefox

The Unofficial Microsoft Weblog has collected some links about Firefox:
The release of our favorite web browser hasn't gone unnoticed by the media; in fact, many fine publications provided their readers with several articles on Firefox. If you're lookin' to find a surfeit of Firefox, you've come to the right place, matey.
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November 17, 2004 10:03 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Netscape Browser Prototype

MozInfo701 has the news that AOL are about to begin beta testing a Netscape browser based on Mozilla Firefox.
Read the posting

This is what the intro says:
Dear users. Thank you for registering to participate in the Netscape Browser Prototype Review. We are excited that, on November 30th, we will unveil many new features that will empower your internet experience. Netscape continues to make the online experience better than ever by developing new browser functionality and security features. And, while other browsers have seen little improvement over recent years - except frequent patches for security leaks - we have consistently added new features to save you time and to make the most out your time online. As a part of our next evolutionary step, we have developed this new Browser Prototype, which could change the way the world masters the web. Please return on Tuesday, Nov. 30th, to try our new prototype. Feel free to discuss it on the forums provided, and do not hesitate to give us feedback or report a bug using the online web forms. Sincerely, The Netscape Browser Team.

BetaNews is also reporting this:
Netscape Revived With Firefox Backing

November 17, 2004 08:39 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

launchy.xml generator

Launchy is able to use a XML file to add custom applications. So you can add your own applications to Launchy's context menu. At startup Launchy will look for a file called launchy.xml in the chrome directory in your profile.

This is very useful on MacOS or Linux systems where Launchy can't autodetect applications.

To help users create the launchy.xml file I've created a small and simple page. Check it out.

The launchy.xml file must live in the chrome directory in your profile. The exact location of where to put the launchy.xml file can be found in the Launchy options in the launchy.xml tab.

November 16, 2004 03:34 PM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Launchy 3.6.0 released

Screenshot of LaunchyLaunchy version 3.6.0 has been released! Launchy is an Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape and Mozilla Thunderbird extension that will enable you to open current page, links, mailto, images and view source with external applications. Both browsers, media players, FTP clients, download managers and editors are supported. That's applications like Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla, Outlook, BSPlayer, Windows Media Player, GetRight and others. Screenshots.

What's new
- Fixed viewing source of URLs
- Fixed bug when right-clicking on image that is a link.
- Added IrfanView
- Added Polish locale
- Full version history

Get Launchy

November 16, 2004 12:49 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsoft Windows Exec Talks IE, Firefox

Gary Schare, Director of Windows Product Management at Microsoft, sat down with BetaNews to discuss the future of IE, including the possibility of tabbed browsing, Mozilla's free ride, and why Microsoft feels it is better equipped to handle security.

We think the end of the day IE is the better choice, from the topics we've talked about around security and around innovation. There's other elements we haven't even touched on yet around site compatibility and around enterprise management, centralized control and security settings, single log on for enterprise domains, the sort of things that are critical for people to think about. So we do think IE is the better choice, but we are happy that our customers do have a choice, and competition does drive things forward so it's a good thing.

Read the interview

November 16, 2004 08:39 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Automated deployment of Firefox with extensions, themes, and pre-configuration

Somebody may have already figured out a better way of doing this, but I thought I'd share the method I'm using to deploy Firefox to my division. This guide will show you how to build and deploy custom Firefox configurations for your business, school, or home networks. This has been tested on XP, 2000, and 2003.
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November 15, 2004 09:43 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Dear IE, I'm leaving you for good

Dear Internet Explorer: It's over. Our relationship just hasn't been working for a while, and now, this is it. I'm leaving you for another browser.
Read the article

Other Firefox articles:
- Firefox delivers browser choice
- Tired of spyware? Try another browser
- Safer surfing
- Browser Beats Explorer
- Firefox Could Give IE A Run For The Money

November 15, 2004 10:26 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Trying to detect Mozilla build ID

This is driving me a bit nuts. It seems to be almost impossible to detect the build ID of a Mozilla application. I'm using latest nightly builds of all Mozilla applications.

If you in Windows rightclick on a Mozilla EXE file and select properties here's what you get:

Using the File Version property:
thunderbird.exe = 0.9
mozilla.exe = 1.8a5: 2004111204
firefox.exe = 1.0
sunbird.exe = 0.2b

Using the Product Version property:
thunderbird.exe = 1.7.5: 2004111206
mozilla.exe = 1.8a5: 2004111204
firefox.exe = Personal
sunbird.exe = Personal

So this doesn't give my any conclusive information. Mozilla.exe is the most consistent with both File Version and Product Version the same. Why Firefox.exe says Personal in a version field I have no idea about.

Then I thought that I might look in the defaults/pref/ directory for a .js file.
firefox.js = pref("app.build_id", "0000000000");
sunbird.js = pref("app.build_id", "0000000000");
all-thunderbird.js = pref("app.build_id", "2004111206");

This time it's also not very consistent. Thunderbird is the only one to have a build id in it. Mozilla Suite doesn't have a file with app.build_id in it since it's not based on the same base as the other 3 Mozilla apps. In Mozilla Suite you need to look for a file called content\global\build.dtd which is located inside the toolkit.jar file.

Why cant we have a consistent why to detect the build ID? And why is the build ID 0000000000 in a release?

November 13, 2004 10:25 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsoft says Firefox not a threat to IE

Just after the release of Mozilla Firefox Microsoft is defended Internet Explorer.
IE has undergoes rigorous code reviews and is no less secure than any other browser.
But what about this (from Asa)
In its latest monthly update, Microsoft was not been able to fix a serious vulnerability in Internet Explorer because the flaw was discovered only a few days before the company's regular update was due. To make matters worse a worm exploiting the flaw was released on Monday, leaving the software giant without any option but to ignore the problem for now.

- Microsoft says Firefox not a threat to IE
- Microsoft Not Worried About Firefox
- Denial?

November 12, 2004 09:02 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Firefox for Mac to move away from QuickDraw

This doesn't come as a big surprise but anyways:
On the Mac side of things, Goodger said Firefox 1.0 uses Apple's QuickDraw technology to draw to the screen, while the Windows version uses GDI. However, he said the next big move for the Mac version of Firefox would be away from QuickDraw. QuickDraw, which Apple created in 1984, was the basis for 2D screen presentation in the Mac OS. With the advent of Mac OS X, Apple moved away from QuickDraw to its PDF-based Quartz rendering system, which is now incorporated in the Core Graphics architecture of Mac OS X.

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November 11, 2004 02:32 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Dansk medier og Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox's frigivelse har fået lidt omtale i de danske medier:

Jyllands Posten: Microsoft får ny konkurrent
Politiken Ny browserkrig under optrapning
ComputerWorld: Firefox lanceret - Er browserkrigen på vej?
Comon: Firefox genopliver browserkrigen
Datatid: Firefox-browseren er færdigudviklet
TV2 Nyhederne: Microsoft i hård konkurrence
TV2 Finans: Gratis browser med succes
Ingeniøren: 1 mio. downloads af Firefox 1.0 på første døgn

Og husk nu at komme til Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Release Komsammen i Danmark. Det er den 19 november 2004 kl 16.00Ølbaren

November 10, 2004 02:32 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Review at

CNET editor's take: Move over, Internet Explorer. Feature-studded and secure Mozilla Firefox 1.0 is a safer, better choice for Internet browsing.
Editors rating: 8.0 out of 10 (Very good)
The good: Tabbed interface; includes a pop-up blocker; built-in, multiple search tools; built-in RSS reader; stable; free.
The bad: No ActiveX support, so not all sites work.

Read the review

November 10, 2004 01:23 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla considers desktop search integration for Firefox

Having launched the much-awaited version 1.0 of the Firefox browser on Tuesday, the Mozilla Foundation is busy planning future enhancements to the open-source product, including the possibility of integrating it with a variety of desktop search tools. The Mozilla Foundation also wants to place Firefox in PCs through OEM (original equipment manufacturer) deals with PC hardware vendors and to continue to sharpen the product's pop-up ad blocking technology.
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November 10, 2004 01:14 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsoft i hård konkurrence

Så er den er!

Selv TV Nyhederne har fanget at Mozilla Firefox 1.0 er kommet på banen. Der var et fint indslag i TV Nyhedernes Finans sektion. Du kan se indslaget her.

An english translation of the broadcast is available here.

November 10, 2004 09:26 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox Can Fly

On an almost weekly basis there is a new patch for Internet Explorer. IE doesn't support many of the newest standards, and doesn't have features like tabbed browsing. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Latest News about Microsoft is also saying that IE as an independent browser will receive little support once Longhorn arrives. I recently had the following message: "We apologize that MyJobsDB member section only supports Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or above on Windows Relevant Products/Services from InterLand Business Hosting Services 95/98/ME/2000/XP at this moment because of incompatible behaviour on other browsers and operating systems, especially in supporting XML. We will continue to enhance our system in order to support other browsers and operating systems in the near future."

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November 08, 2004 11:39 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox browser drawing lots of fans into its web

Gary Vollink, who works at an Edina-based tech firm, is on a quiet crusade to convert his co-workers. He wants them to switch from Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser to the increasingly popular Firefox. This upstart browser has seen a surge of IE converts, with downloads exceeding 7 million as of last week. This is partly due to well-publicized security problems involving IE and partly because Firefox boasts features not found in the market-leading Microsoft browser.

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November 08, 2004 11:34 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox, Thunderbird and Sunbird desktop shortcuts

Desktop shortcutsI've produced some desktop shortcuts for Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla Sunbird.

When you rightclick on the shortcuts you can start in safe-mode or show the prefs. A bit like the Internet Explorer icon on the desktop.

Desktop shortcuts:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Mozilla Thunderbird
- Mozilla Sunbird

Save the files and run then. Then go to the Desktop and press F5 to refresh the desktop.

November 05, 2004 02:43 PM | Permalink | 27 Comments | 2 TrackBacks

Give me Firefox, or give me death

Marketing maverick Rob Davis hit pay dirt with his idea of a consumer-sponsored ad for the open-source browser. Call it Mozilla's October Revolution. It's not exactly taking to the barricades, or even the streets, but for $20 you can stick it to The Man. The Man in this case is not a despot or a government. In the minds of nearly 10,000 web-surfing proletarians the iron fist is Microsoft, and the way to liberty is an open-source browser called Firefox. Taking a page from the social action playbooks of Middle East peaceniks and political activists, a band of Firefox fans pooled their money to take out a full-page ad in the New York Times. The advertisement was the brainchild of Rob Davis, a Minneapolis marketer, who stumbled on Firefox after catching a computer-killing virus in June. Mr. Davis blamed his browser at the time, Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

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November 01, 2004 02:40 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox aims for 10 percent of Web surfers

Bart Decrem, a spokesman for the Mozilla Foundation, told ZDNet UK on Friday that he expects the browser's market share to reach 10 percent by the end of 2005. "I think we'll get to 10 percent over the next year. We don't have 10 percent of the Web at the moment, but we have the momentum," Decrem said.

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October 27, 2004 04:20 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Release Party i Danmark

For at fejre frigivelsen af Mozilla Firefox 1.0 holdes der en lille release fest kaldet Firefox 1.0 - Danish Dynamite

Den afholdes:
19 november 2004 kl 16.00 på

Elmegade 2
2200 København N

Du vil her have mulighed for at møde nogle af de mange andre som bruger Mozilla Firefox og måske også et par af dem der er med til at udvikle Mozilla.

Du kan tilmelde dig her:

October 27, 2004 02:04 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

TDC OCES Certifikat ikke i Mozilla Firefox 1.0

Der er blevet lavet en indsats for at få lagt TDC OCES rodcertifikatet ind i Mozilla og dermed også Mozilla Firefox og Mozilla Thunderbird.

Rent teknisk foregår det ved at rodcertifikatet lægges ind i NSS, Network Security Services. NSS er den del af Mozilla kernen som står for alt mht sikkerhed mellem klienten og serveren heriblandt certifikater.

Desværre når TDC OCES rodcertifikatet ikke at komme med i Mozilla Firefox 1.0, når den frigives. Dette er pga at hvis der skal tilføjes rodcertifikatet til Firefox skal det ske gennem NSS. Der skal således laves en ny version af NSS som så skal lægges ind i Firefox. Og udviklerne af Firefox har allerede valgt den version af NSS som skal med i Firefox 1.0.

Man kan håbe på at TDC OCES rodcertifikatet bliver checket ind så hurtigt som muligt, således rodcertifikatet kommer med i fremtidige Mozilla releases, fx Mozilla Firefox 1.1 osv.

Du kan læse mere i bug 204839.

October 26, 2004 11:29 AM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Dansk Mozilla Firefox

Så er der en dansk version af Mozilla Firefox ude! Hent den herfra. Direkte link til Windows udgaven: firefox-1.0.da-DK.win32.installer.exe

Den kom sammen med 20 andre sprog som alle kan ses her.

October 25, 2004 10:24 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Desktop namespace shortcut for Firefox

Desktop namespace shortcut for Firefox
If you are interested you can create a desktop namespace shortcut for Firefox (I've only tried this with Windows XP so your mileage may vary) that places Firefox immediately after your other desktop namespace shortcuts (e.g. My Computer, Recycle Bin, etc.) and provides a context menu with Profile Manager, Safe Mode, etc. in it that looks like this.

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October 25, 2004 10:21 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Google not to make browser

According to an article in Financial Times Eric Schmidt, chief executive at Google, says "Google is not going to embark on a new instalment of the "browser wars" against Microsoft"

He also said Google would not seek to turn its website into a broader internet portal, a move that would take it into more direct competition with both Microsoft and Yahoo. We are not building a browser," Mr Schmidt said. He would not comment on whether any Google workers had developed ideas for a browser in the 20 per cent of their time that Google sets aside for them to work on personal projects, but added: "There are always people who are experimenting with new ideas.

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October 25, 2004 08:59 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Launchy 3.5.0 released

Screenshot of LaunchyLaunchy version 3.5.0 has been released! Launchy is an Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape and Mozilla Thunderbird extension that will enable you to open current page, links, mailto, images and view source with external applications. Both browsers, media players, FTP clients, download managers and editors are supported. That's applications like Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla, Outlook, BSPlayer, Windows Media Player, GetRight and others. Screenshots.

What's new
- Fixed nasty bug where Launchy wouldn't launchy anything
- Image viewer support!
- Full version history

Get Launchy

October 21, 2004 08:55 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Google's Browser Plans writes:
For several months, there's been a lot of buzz around Google's April 2004 registration of the domain. After quite a while of digging, I believe I've managed to boil some truth out of the rumor stew. The Mozilla developers have been stone silent on the issue, aside from a few accidental slips, but several other sources have let loose other bits of information. Interestingly, there's either great confusion on the plans (or a highly partitioned project inside Google), or a good deal of misinformation. Trying to determine what's real and what's not is like making a Venn diagram. Each source is a circle filled with information. Some information is common to all or many circles, some information only comes from one source. you have to put all the circles together, and where they overlap is the most reliable information. So after weeks of analysis, this is where we think Gbrowser is headed. The overlap is looking like a Google branded and customized Firefox based browser. To help set it apart from the rest of the browser crowd, they're integrating a lot of their own technologies. Since Firefox does not contain a mail app, they're integrating Gmail for email access, with a built in new-mail notifier. Interestingly, mailto: urls will work with Gmail, allowing peple to click email links in pages and have Gmail open a new mail to that address, as well as IE-like buttons on the toolbar for composing new mail from scratch.

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October 19, 2004 09:07 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

UI for virtual folders

Bug 261199 - UI for defining and editing virtual folders just landed for Mozilla Thunderbird.

Screenshot here

October 17, 2004 12:10 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

DevMo, documentation, and helpwanted

Welcome to! This site aims to collect and index documentation about Mozilla, a cross-platform internet suite and application development platform. Currently, we host only documentation for XPCOM, Mozilla's Cross Platform Component Object Module framework, but we hope to have more stuff soon.

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October 14, 2004 10:29 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Trademarks Policy Discussion

The Mozilla Foundation has just released draft versions of several policies on trademarks. We are looking for any and all sorts of feedback. I'd be the first to admit that we are breaking new ground here, we don't have all the answers, and I hope to listen very hard to what people have to say.

Please comment on them in the netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey group.

October 14, 2004 10:29 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Support for Klingon

In February, the ISO 639 committee approved the language code "tlh" for Klingon. This should be added to Mozilla's knowledge of the ISO 639 code at some point. Klingon makes a nice demo of the capability of a browser to deal with tagged multilingual content; besides, therecertainly are pages out there in Klingon.

Support for Klingon has now been checked into Mozilla. See bug 239977.

October 11, 2004 10:39 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

I, Bugzilla

Many projects use bug trackers under which Bugzilla is a famous choice. Once invented to help the Mozilla team out of its maintenance nightmare it made its way into user support. Some projects do not even provide a user mailinglist anymore. Everything is to be written into the Bugzilla engine, even if it's not a bug but an idea, a comment or just a congratulation to the great product. However, Bugzilla wasn't made for that. It is not a support engine but a bug tracker. The user is forced to fill out complex forms with some unclear or just off topic questions only to receive an automated confirmation and wait. After some weeks, possibly, he receives another cryptic report only to find that somebody has changed the status of the bug message to "Not Replicable" or "Removed". No further word, no address of a person to discuss the case with. Is it completely wrong if one suspects that some projects push Bugzilla to front intentionally to hide behind undisturbed.

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September 22, 2004 11:11 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks Mozilla Plug-in Mozilla Plug-inWhen an file is browsed in Mozilla, the display mode is like that of text/plain mime type, which is not the desired mode. On Windows, has already provided a plug-in for Internet Explorer (IE), which enables IE to embed an window to display the file, while this kind of support is missing for Mozilla. By providing a Mozilla plug-in, files can be displayed inside the Mozilla window just as the same way it is been browsed in the IE.

This is currently only available in the 2.0 developer release (1.9.54 currently). To enable it you have to go to the Options in Then choose Internet and Mozilla Plug-in and enable it.

- Specification
- Blog entry
- Planet

September 22, 2004 10:12 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Proposal for changes to homepage

I believe that the primary purposes of the homepage should be (1) to generate Firefox downloads and (2) to direct people to the information they are looking for on our site. Secondary purposes should be (1) to promote additional key products (primarily Thunderbird), (2) to provide the latest Mozilla news, (3) to encourage people to get involved with Mozilla, (4) to highlight what's going on in our developer community and (5) to highlight blog posts by key Mozilla contributors. In addition, as part of our sponsorship agreement with the Mozilla Store, we are required to promote Mozilla merchandise in a prominent way from our homepage.

Proposal for changes to homepage

September 21, 2004 06:44 PM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks protected with SSL encryption

This evening I installed an SSL certificate for and started redirecting all Bugzilla URLs to their encrypted equivalents. You now need an SSL-enabled browser to access, and communication between the server and its users is encrypted while in transmission. All Bugzilla functions should continue to work as normal, although pages you loaded before the switchover may need to be reloaded before you submit forms on them. Contact sysadmins at mozilla dot org if you see any critical problems related to the change; file a bug in the Server Operations component of the product for non-critical issues.

September 21, 2004 06:39 PM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Google Browser

Could there be a Google browser on the way? Some evidence is found.

A lot of people are blogging about it and it could be really really cool! And I even predicted it in April this year.

- Google Firefox image
- More evidence of a Google browser
- The Google Browser
- Google picks Gates brains
- Google Browser?
- Will Google Launch A Browser?
- Google 2.0
- The Google Browser

September 21, 2004 01:36 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 3 TrackBacks

Launchy 3.3.0 released

Screenshot of LaunchyLaunchy version 3.3.0 has been released! Launchy is an Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape and Mozilla Thunderbird extension that will enable you to open current page, links, mailto, images and view source with external applications. Both browsers, media players, FTP clients, download managers and editors are supported. That's applications like Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla, Outlook, BSPlayer, Windows Media Player, GetRight and others. Screenshots.

What's new
- Added Launchy toolbar button in Mozilla Firefox. Right-click on your toolbar and select Customize...
- PSPad support added
- Full version history

Get Launchy

September 15, 2004 04:37 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

How to migrate from Ximian Evolution to Mozilla Thunderbird

I've always liked Mozilla Mail -- when I have to use Windows, it's my preferred email client. So naturally I've kept an eye on the Mozilla Thunderbird standalone email application and given it a test drive or two. When the latest release hit the Internet a few weeks ago I decided that perhaps, as with the Firefox browser, it was finally time for me to make the switch. Switching Web browsers is a comparatively easy task; essentially the only data you have to worry about moving is your bookmarks. An email client, on the other hand, may archive thousands of old messages you can't just leave behind, and you need to move your server settings and address book to the new program as well. Here's how I migrated away from Ximian Evolution to Mozilla Thunderbird. I'll point out some of the pitfalls you'll want to avoid when making such a move yourself.

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September 15, 2004 08:46 AM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

XUL with Internet Explorer

I've reflected on possibilities offered by famous behavior HTC under IE. I think it would be perhaps possible to interpret a small part of specifications of XUL.

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September 13, 2004 11:17 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Germans develop nasty case of IE jitters

Michael Dickopf, spokesman for the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), has told the Berliner Zeitung that internet users should switch from Internet Explorer to Mozilla or Opera. Dickopf says Internet Explorer is hazard-prone, attracting too many viruses and worms. BSI already uses a combination of alternative browsers, Dickopf told the paper. Dickopf's comments are bad news for Microsoft. BSI is the central IT security service provider for the German government. Its recommendations are usually taken extremely seriously. The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Vzbv), a non-governmental organisation acting as an umbrella for 38 German consumer associations, also warns users to be careful when using Internet Explorer. Online banking scams and identity theft are proliferating in Germany due to security exploits in Microsofts browser or in its email client Outlook (Express). Recently, several customers of Dresdner Bank have fallen victim to a Trojan horse program, which snatched their banking passports.

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September 13, 2004 04:59 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

saveDocument converts &copy;

I need some Mozilla help:

My extension, Launchy, gives the user the ability to view the source of a webpage in an editor of the users choice. To do this I use the saveDocument function. But when I do this, HTML entities like fx © gets converted into a real copyright char.

I thought that if I just use the ENCODE_FLAGS_RAW flag it would work. But it doesn't seems to work.

My code:
const nsIWBP = Components.interfaces.nsIWebBrowserPersist;
var persist = Components.classes[";1"].createInstance(nsIWBP);
var encodingFlags = nsIWBP.ENCODE_FLAGS_RAW;
persist.saveDocument(doc, f, null, null, encodingFlags, 0);

Can anybody help? If you can, please can leave a comment here or add a comment to the bug report here.

You can test it yourself if you install my Launchy extension and then right click on a page and say Launchy -> View Source in blabla. Then the © symbol at the end of the source will be converted, which it shouldn't.

September 13, 2004 04:18 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

KDE adds support for Mozilla

The "Kecko Team" has announced a port of Gecko, Mozilla's rendering engine, to Qt and KDE, by bringing it in as a KPart. Done as part of the week-long aKademy Conference, the hackfest was completed in a mere four days. This will allow Konqueror users to use either the KHTML or Gecko renderering engine in their browser. A browser's engine is the main component that handles the rendering of a page itself. This allows for projects to use existing code and build different applications around it.

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September 13, 2004 11:31 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Trademark Policy for Localization Projects

This document outlines the Mozilla Foundation's policy for making localized versions of Firefox, Thunderbird and future products containing our trademarks. What we are trying to do is offer a set of guidelines that will be acceptable to localization projects but also pass legal muster: in order to protect our trademarks, we must have processes in place to guarantee the quality and the source of origin of products that use our trademarks. This is why, in some areas, there is less flexibility here than has traditionally been the case.

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September 08, 2004 08:09 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Review of Mozilla Sunbird

Sunbird is the new cross-platform calendar application from the Mozilla foundation. It is based around the existing Mozilla Calendar component and is the latest in a string of standalone applications from the foundation, which are gradually replacing the current Mozilla suite of applications. The aim of the project is to create a standalone calendar for someone who uses either Mozilla Thunderbird or Firefox as their email client or browser. Sunbird hopes to offer a reduced footprint and performance enhancement over the original Calendar component. Sunbird is still in the early stages of development and is certainly experimental software with version 0.2 having been released recently. Nonetheless Sunbird is a promising application for those of you already using Thunderbird or Firefox. A word of warning though, as of the moment Sunbird does not integrate with Thunderbird or Firefox. It is purely a standalone project, although this is one of the tasks to be solved in the near future.

Read the review

The conclusion is:
It must be seen then, that Sunbird is a promising application from the Mozilla Foundation. It is not a perfect application by any means but it has great scope for improvement alongside some already great features such as the webDAV server support. The real test for this application will be whether or not it is able to build upon its already solid foundation or whether it will only focus on quashing bugs to become a pure standalone version of Calendar. I heartily recommend that you give Sunbird a whirl if you already use Firefox or Thunderbird as it may just be what you were looking for.

September 05, 2004 11:12 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

It's about time

The slogan for Mozilla Sunbird seems to be "It's about time". And it is about time that we got an alternative to Microsoft Outlook. But there's still a long long way for Mozilla Sunbird to get there. But the cool Mozilla Calendar people are doing a great job. Mozilla Sunbird already has some really really nice features that Microsoft Outlook doesn't have.

Check out the logos here:
With slogan
Without slogan

And the bug

September 02, 2004 11:25 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Microsoft security chief uses Firefox

Microsoft's head of security, Stephen Toulouse, has accidentally revealed that he uses Firefox. In an interview with Wired here, Toulouse was chatting about how security was an industry wide problem and not Internet Explorer specific. Then he mentioned that only that morning he had to download an upgrade to Firefox to block a flaw that would've allowed an attacker to run a program on his system. While he meant to point out how other browsers have the same problems as IE, he just happened to reveal that he surfs using the rival browser. Of course it is unlikely that he does not find IE a particularly secure proposition and there must be a really good reason he has Firefox on his computer.

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September 02, 2004 03:16 PM | Permalink | 6 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Using Roaming

I've just started using Roaming User in Mozilla 1.x. I'm using nightly builds of Mozilla 1.8 but roaming is also available in Mozilla 1.8.x releases fx Mozilla 1.8 Alpha 3. Roaming is NOT included in the installer builds due to bug 244770 so you have to use the zipped version. Roaming is NOT available in Mozilla 1.7.x.

With Roaming Profiles, you can access your full Mozilla environment when you are away from the computer that you use most. Roaming Profiles is the ability to have your Mozilla profile, ie. bookmarks, browsing history, addressbook, cookies etc stored on a central server. Whenever you start Mozilla your profile is downloaded and whenever you shutdown Mozilla your profile is uploaded.

How I use it:
I use roaming on my work PC and my home PC. This is very nice so bookmarks added on my home PC is also available when I get to work. With mail it's no problem for me since I use IMAP, but having to read the same newspostings first at home and the at work because the files aren't in sync is a mess and a timeconsumer. With roaming that's all history.

I use FTP for the roaming. The files are uploaded into a directory on my FTP server and a file called listing.xml is created. It holds info about the roaming files fx last modified time.

Some of the not so cool things:
The list of files that you "roam" ie. that you upload and download, are stored in the file registry.dat, which is located in %APPDATA%\Mozilla. On a english Windows this normally is c:\Documents and Settings\[Windows User Name]\Application Data\Mozilla\. Hopefully this will get moved to a plain text file.

I never like the concept of a almost unreadable file to store settings in. I know that it cant be stored in the profile since you need to know the information before reading any files from the profile. With Mozilla Firefox the profile information is stored in a plaintext file called profiles.ini so perhaps the roaming stuff could be move to a file called roaming.ini.

Together with the list of files the username and password are also stored in this file. In clear text! That's really bad. I'm not sure why roaming isn't using the builtin password manager. Perhaps it's because that the actual roaming, ie copying to files back and forth, are happening before and after the password manager is closed and started making it impossible to use it. But at least some kind of encryption should be used.


Roaming user preferences In the Roaming User preferences you setup where you're roaming files will be stored. You can choose between FTP/HTTP and File Copy.

Roaming item selection
In the Roaming item selection you select which files you wish to roam. Some of the files can be quite large, so if you're on a slow network, you might want to consider which files to roam. Fx my Junk Mail Training file is 2.2MB.

Roaming transfer
When Mozilla is starting or shutting down the roaming transfer is activated. The files are being transfered to the location specified in the preferences.

Roaming files conflict
If there's any conflicts you're prompted to take actions. Conflicts can happen if you fx manually edits the profile files before doing the roaming.


Roaming is not a new phenomenon with Mozilla/Netscape. Netscape 4.x also had roaming. It worked fairly good but I dont think a lot of people used it. You can see a screenshot of the Netscape 4.x roaming dialog here and here

More information:

If you need to know more about Roaming User there are a couple of places to get more info:
bug 124029

So if you're up for it and think that you could provide some help making roaming a ever cooler and experience check for open bugs in bugzilla in the the Profile: Roaming component. You can see all of the open bugs here.

Mozilla Firefox and/or Mozilla Thunderbird:

So will Roaming User be available to Mozilla Firefox and/or Mozilla Thunderbird?
I have no idea, but it seems that there have been made some work. At least there's a firefox.xul file inside the sroaming.jar file which is shipped with Mozilla 1.x.

August 31, 2004 04:22 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Preferences Reference Manual

This manual is a reference for advanced users and system administrators who wish to customize Mozilla by editing the preferences files directly. This manual lists and describes all preferences available in Mozilla 1.4 suite.


August 24, 2004 03:06 PM | Permalink | 3 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

New Beta of Website

There's a beta version of the new website available.

Check some of the pages out:

And please note that Firefox is spelled Firefox. Now I've seen people spelling it "FireFox" and "Fire Fox". It's called Mozilla Firefox and Firefox for short.

August 20, 2004 10:31 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

View Source to become a developer option?

Asa Dotzler writes:
Are there any XUL application or extension hackers out there that could help us with a bugfix. We want to move the JavaScript Console and the View Source window into the developer pack with the DOM Inspector. Normal installs wouldn't have UI access points to these tools unless they did a custom install to get the developer tools.

Ohhh no! How is View Source a developer option? I just dont understand. View source is an essential browser feature. Please dont move it into a developer package.

I can just see it. A friend of mine are having problems with a page. "Please have a look at this page that doesn't render correct in Mozilla Firefox". I check it out by saying "Let me just look at the source of the page. Ups. Cant help you. You first have to download Mozila Firefox again and then do a custom install". Come on!

Read more in Asa's blog and in the bug report.

August 20, 2004 07:31 AM | Permalink | 15 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

New Plugin Installer

When Mozilla or Mozilla Firefox encounters a page that uses a plugin that isn't installed you're presented with the "Plugin Downloader" dialog which is not very nice at all. Fx it refers to to find and download plugins. You can see a screenshot of the old dialog here.

But that's all over now. At least for Mozilla Firefox. A new Plugin Downloader has landed and the screenshots looks very nice. A big improvement.

You can see screenshots of the new Download Installer here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

More information in bug 253046 and bug 244125.

August 20, 2004 07:19 AM | Permalink | 29 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Netscape 7.2 released

Download the new Netscape 7.2 browser (built with Mozilla) to take advantage of the latest security and popup blocking features and enjoy the best from It's free, Keeps your current bookmarks & browser settings, Easy to upgrade, Enhanced security, More powerful popup blocking, Plus Tabbed Browsing, which lets you have multiple Web sites open in one browser window. End desktop clutter!

It's based on Mozilla 1.7. If you're just looking for a cool and fast browser I still recommend to use Mozilla Firefox.

My first experience with Netscape 7.2 isn't that good. First it had to shutdown Mozilla to install. Ok but annoying. Then it uses the Mozilla profiles. So I had to create a profile called Netscape 7.2 so that running Netscape doesn't kill my current Mozilla profile. Why the heck didn't they use a seperate space for Netscape profile instead of using the Mozilla ones. I launched Netscape 7.2 and the first thing I got was a "File not found" with some XUL file (sidebar something).

The useragent for Netscape 7.2 is:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.2) Gecko/20040804 Netscape/7.2 (ax)

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August 17, 2004 08:45 PM | Permalink | 4 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Nice checkins

Some really nice checkins landed this week. Here are just some of them:

Rename Livemarks to Live Bookmarks
Live Bookmarks is a more descriptive and telling name than Livemarks.

Turn on the new RSS extenions and add it to the installer
Mozilla Thunderbird is now a RSS reader as well

Bookmarks fixes merged from aviary branch
All the cool bookmarks stuff is now available in trunk builds of Mozilla Firefox

Favicon handling merge from aviary branch
All the cool favicon stuff is now available in trunk builds of Mozilla Firefox

Cool checkin comment of the week: bug 227344
kungFuDeathGrip for mouse event

Some stuff that's not quite ready yet, but slowly coming along:

Allow bounce/redirect of mail messages
Bounce extension 0.0.3. It's REALLY development phase code. Only people who wants to help me with development should download and install.

Virtual folders
David is doing some great work for this feature. Virtual folders is a folder which doesn't physically exist, but shows the results of a search across other folders. Like Google Gmail.

July 31, 2004 11:08 AM | Permalink | 6 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox extension install generator

If you need help updating or creating an extension for Firefox 0.9, you can use the Firefox install.rdf generator.

July 30, 2004 02:14 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Mozilla Firefox på dansk

Dansk sprogpakke klar til Mozilla Firefox. En gruppe danske udviklere har frigivet en indtil videre uofficiel sprogpakke til Mozillas letvægtsbrowser Firefox. Sprogpakken skal installeres oven på en eksisterende version af Mozilla Firefox 0.9.x. Udviklerne arbejder på at lave en samlet dansk version af Firefox. Indtil videre ligger den danske sprogpakke på et midlertidigt dansk websted, men udviklerne forventer, at pakken snart bliver tilgængelig fra den officielle Mozilla-hjemmeside.

Mozilla Firefox på dansk

July 26, 2004 11:15 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Getting Build ID from command line

Now that the new locale stuff has landed it's now impossible to find out the build ID of a Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird from the command line.

I used to look in the en-US.jar file for the locale/en-US/global/build.dtd file. That file contained the Build ID. But that file doesn't exist anymore.

With Mozilla 1.x it's no problem since you just look in the toolkit.jar file for the content/global/build.dtd file. That file contains the Build ID.

Perhaps it's about time to add a global file that contained the build ID, like I propose in bug 179052 .

But I've commented in bug 217217 about the missing option to detect the build ID. If you got a way around this let me know.

July 24, 2004 09:41 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

To branch or not to branch

I'm not sure I understand what's in the different branches:

Mozilla 1.x is Mozilla 1.x. Very easy, since there's only nightly builds or releases.

Mozilla Firefox is tricky. I'm seeing latest-0.9, latest-0.9.1 and latest-trunk. What's the difference between the 0.9 and 0.9.1? And what's in the one and not in the other?

Mozilla Thunderbird is also confusing. Here there's latest-0.7.1, latest-0.8 and latest-trunk. What the difference?

Is there a document describing the difference between those builds. I can see some here but not in regards to the difference directory.

Can someone explain?

July 23, 2004 11:21 PM | Permalink | 5 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Firefox and incorrectly HTTP handler

Firefox 0.9/0.9.1/0.9.2 for Windows incorrectly register themselves as the default handler for HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and GOPHER transactions, causing them to launch multiple windows or throw errors. This has been reported as bug 246078 and is also being discussed in a mozillaZine thread. This .REG file should fix this problem on a given installation after you have told Firefox to make itself the default browser.

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July 15, 2004 02:04 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Taming the Beast: The Solution to Mozilla's Hidden Marketing Problem

Let me start saying: I dont agree with all of the stuff he writes but he has some points. I've posted links to Andkon's article before and people reacted strongly.

When a user first goes to the main Firefox page (or gets redirected from a Firefox button), they are greated with a huge-ass logo and a huge-ass picture of a car, yes a car. Then, they might notice a bit of text that goes something like this: "Firefox 0.9 is the award winning preview of Mozilla's next generation browser." What's a preview and what's next generation? These aren't brillant catchwords that will lead the user to read on, but they are downright boring phrases that will make the user leave.

Read the essay Taming the Beast: The Solution to Mozilla's Hidden Marketing Problem

July 15, 2004 12:24 PM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Taming the Beast: The Solution to Mozilla's Hidden Marketing Problem

Let me start saying: I dont agree with all of the stuff he writes but he has some points. I've posted links to Andkon's article before and people reacted strongly.

When a user first goes to the main Firefox page (or gets redirected from a Firefox button), they are greated with a huge-ass logo and a huge-ass picture of a car, yes a car. Then, they might notice a bit of text that goes something like this: "Firefox 0.9 is the award winning preview of Mozilla's next generation browser." What's a preview and what's next generation? These aren't brillant catchwords that will lead the user to read on, but they are downright boring phrases that will make the user leave.

Read the essay Taming the Beast: The Solution to Mozilla's Hidden Marketing Problem

July 15, 2004 12:24 PM | Permalink | 10 Comments | 0 TrackBacks


SpellBound is a port of the spell checker user interface from Mozilla's Composer that enables spell checking in web forms (e.g. html textarea and html input elements - html input password elements are not checked by SpellBound). This allows you to spell check forms (e.g. a comment on a message board, etc.) before submitting them.

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July 08, 2004 11:39 AM | Permalink | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

Extensions I use

Just a quick summary of the Extensions that I use for my Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird.

Enables you to open links and mailto's with external applications like IE, Opera, Outlook, GetRight.
Works in: Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird

Increase your power to handle links. Open multiple, Open images, etc.
Works in: Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird

Allows you to define a custom set of header in a mail to be shown.
Works in: Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird

Web Developer Extension
Adds a menu and a toolbar to the browser with various web developer tools. Fx view CSS.
Works in: Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox

Adblock is a content filtering plug-in. It is both more robust and more precise than the built-in image blocker.
Works in: Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox

Popup Allow
Allows popup windows to be opened while the Caps Lock key or the Insert key is held down.
Works in: Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox

CTRL-TAB to switch to recently selected tabs.
Works in: Mozilla Firefox

Plus two company internal extensions. I've developed two extensions for the company that I work for. One for their CMS system and one for thier ebusiness platform. Some true time savers. Mozilla Firefox rocks! Soon more people will realize.

July 07, 2004 06:00 PM | Permalink | 6 Comments | 1 TrackBacks

Better Mozilla

Most people who switch to Mozilla or Mozilla's Firefox browser quickly notice that the browser is pretty bare. It contains exactly what you need to browse the Web -- no less and no more. And while there's a lot to be said for running a lean, clean program, sometimes you long for more features, a little extra functionality. Enter Extensions, little programs that you can add to Mozilla or Firefox to make the browser do what you want it to do. There are now close to a hundred extensions available for downloading. Most work perfectly; others are a bit buggy.
Building a Better Mozilla

I'm sad to see that they didn't mention either Linky or Launchy in the article. They mention ieview, but I still think that Launchy is much much better than ieview.

Last week, there were two separate reports of flaws in Microsoft Internet Explorer that could jeopardize your security. One flaw made it possible for pop-up windows to install programs on your machine that could steal banking records. Another flaw, in both Explorer and a Microsoft web server program, made it possible for a hacker to implant malicious code in an otherwise legitimate Web site that could, once again, steal your data.
Need Another Browser?

July 07, 2004 05:11 PM | Permalink | 2 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

How Scrolling Works

Robert O'Callahan has written a little essay about how scrolling currently works in Mozilla. Lets just say that scrolling is rather complicated.

Get some insight

July 05, 2004 11:49 PM | Permalink | 1 Comments | 0 TrackBacks

New Blogupdates

I've just launched a new version of Blogupdates.
Blogupdates lists Mozilla related blog entries sorted by date. So instead of having to visit all of the Mozilla related blogs you just come to this page and you can see which blogs has been updated.

The new version features amonst other a much better listing of the Mozilla related blogs.

Other improvements are:
- Instead of listing the blogs sorted by date, it's now sorted by the blog entries date. So all of the entries from the blogs are collected and then sorted by date. This makes the listing more "correct".
- Unicode support. Both Daniel Glazman blog and others feeds are now shown correct.
- Planet like listing.
- Image support. If you have an image in your feed the image is now shown. Check my RSS feed on how-to.
- Open/Close all entries. If you dont like the entries to be inline you can turn it off.
- Blog entries older than 1 week are not shown. This makes the list smaller.
- Smaller codebase. It makes it easier for me to maintain.

So why read Blogupdates