All the delays aside, we hope and wish Mozilla does really well in 2010. And for all you Firefox lovers, here is something to keep Firefox in your sights.
The Firefox 2010 Calendar is released by Mozilla Links and is available for downloads as PDF files in Letter Size, A4 Size and A4 size in Spanish. There are two versions of the calendar: Red and blue. Each month in the year is represented by a Mozilla project.
From the launch of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, to the continued improvements in Firefox, open source products achieved a lot in 2009. While established products like OpenOffice continued to flourish, we saw the emergence of new and promising contenders like Chrome OS. Here is a highlight on what open source community, as a whole achieved this year:
The Drupal content management system runs Whitehouse.gov and dozens of other high-profile Web sites. Acquia, a startup in charge of commercializing Drupal, has received more than $18 million in venture capital to date, which is testimony the success of Drupal.
In October, Canonical released Ubuntu 9.10, code-named “Karmic Koala,” which enables companies to build their own cloud computing environments on their own servers and hardware. As it has done with desktop and server Linux, Canonical aims to take a pioneering role in cloud computing, and this release is the first step in that direction.
Git, a distributed version control system created by Linus Torvalds to manage the Linux kernel, has very quickly entered the mainstream since its creation less than 3 years ago. The documentation that comes with Git describes it as “a fast, scalable, distributed revision control system with an unusually rich command set”.
Novell launched Suse Studio in July as part of its Suse Appliance Program. So far, Linux users and developers are impressed with what Suse Studio brings to them, in terms of simplicity and functionality.
Unveiled in July, Chrome OS, an open-source system that initially will be targeted at netbooks, is Google’s bid to offer a fast, lightweight and secure way to find information online. Google released Chrome OS to open source in November and revealed its intention to partner with as-yet-unknown hardware vendors to bring Chrome OS-powered netbooks to market in time for next year’s holiday season.
In October, OpenOffice.org proudly declared that more than 100 million visitors had clicked on the Web site’s ‘Download OpenOffice.org’ button since version 3.0 of the software was released in October 2008. OpenOffice is being adopted by more and more users because of its increased interoperability with Microsoft Office.
Today we have many good browsers, but just remember old days when we had only few options and Netscape Navigator was the hottest one. Netscape Navigator was the first successful alternative to Internet Explorer, and had set many standards. Unfortunately, the Navigator had to die and thus a leading browser ended.
If you love Netscape Navigator and want to relive it, you have a chance now. Before proceeding, let me introduce you a very innovative add-on for Firefox: Rebrand. As the name suggests, Rebrand rebrands Firefox. You can change the brand name of Mozilla Firefox just by following a simple wizard and create a browser with a name (and logo) of your own choice.
How To Use The Rebrand Add-on For Firefox?
Install the add-on, restart the browser and launch Rebrand wizard from Tools menu. Now, provide details like the new name, logos etc and it will create a xpi file which can be installed as regular Firefox add-ons to rebrand Firefox. You can distribute this rebrand package with your friends too. Though, this add-on is only for fun purposes as actual rebranding and public distribution violates Mozilla’s trademark policies.
Developer Michael Kaply has created a rebrand package for Netscape Navigator. To try this, install this add-on for Firefox and it will rebrand Firefox to Navigator. Awesome!
You won’t miss any setting or add-on after installing it, as it changes only display name and logos. To revert back just uninstall the add-on.
Firefox has already captured a huge market share in the desktop browser market. In the next few days, they will start their endeavor to capture the mobile browser share, by releasing "Fennec", the web browser for mobile phones and Internet tablets.
Jay Sullivan, the head of the Fennec project, has told BBC that Mozilla will be releasing the Fennec browser for the Nokia N900 phone by the end of this year, a release for other devices will follow soon after. Mozilla Fennec will be made available for downloads through the Mozilla’s website and also through Nokia’s Ovi Store, so that N900 users can easily download and install it.
Another interesting thing was that, Joe had some hopes on Fennec making it to the Apple Store. However, we think that it would be next to impossible. Opera‘s Mini was also rejected from the app store.
"Apple is very restrictive. As it’s a pretty closed platform we don’t see that happening soon."
Opera Mini is still the market leader in the mobile browser segment, followed by Safari and Nokia’s default browser. It would be an interesting battle between Opera and Fennec as Safari is only restricted to iPhone now.
Firefox Mobile will have synchronization support with the desktop version of Firefox, so you can access data seamlessly on either you computer or mobile phone. It will also support add-ons, as with desktop version of Firefox. Firefox Mobile will be the first browser to accomplish this feat. The so called Mozilla add-on store we had talked about earlier, will be available for Fennec, there will be a mix of both free and paid apps in the store.
Rest aside, this will be a very interesting launch for Mozilla, as Fennec has been in active development for more than a year and a half now, and was tested on earlier Nokia tablet phones.
Sometimes you would like to open a series of websites while you are surfing the internet. This can be much like a routine task like checking all your emails or social networking accounts. We have earlier reviewed Multifox, which lets you log in to multiple accounts in the same website simultaneously. Now we have another Firefox add-on – Multi Site opener.
Just install the add-on and go to Tools > Multi Site opener to add the sites you want to open.
You have two options to choose from – open the URL’s in new tabs or open all of them in a new window. Once you hit the button all the links will be opened in consequetive tabs. You can also locate the addon from the status bar placed in extreme right, just before easycomment (if you use it).
Please note that you can open multiple bookmarks in Firefox without using any addon. Just click on any bookmark folder and you choose to open all of them in successive tabs. This addon comes into play when you want to open URL’s that are not saved as browser bookmarks.
Multi Site opener is cool and provides an easy way to open multiple sites easily and quickly. But the downside is that you cannot save the URL’s. Everytime you want to open some sites you have to actually type the URL’s. If the developer can add support for saving groups of sites that we can open with single click, the add on would be even more useful to use.
Mozilla has been working hard on giving Firefox 4.0 a facelift. Stephen Horlander, who has been a long time Mozilla contributor, has shared some more information about the upcoming user interface (UI) changes.
Firefox 4.0 Mockup
The new skin will eliminate the Menu Bar and instead tuck away all the options within a single application menu. This is similar to what you may have seen in Windows 7 applications like Paint and WordPad as well as the recently released Opera 10.5 pre-alpha.
The other big change in Firefox 4.0 will be the placement of the tab bar. According to current plans, the tab bar will be now positioned above the address bar. However, the tab bar will not be merged with the title bar. The title bar will be retained in order to house the application button. There will be numerous other changes all around including new icons and refined toolbar appearance.
Firefox 4.0 vs 3.5
The Firefox 4.0 UI is still a work in progress. However, it is definitely shaping up to be an impressive update to the existing skin. What do you think about the changes? Do you prefer having a simple single menu instead of a menu bar? Don’t forget to let us know.
It isn’t always easy to find the best deals while shopping online. In fact most of us simply check the prices at two or three stores and make the final purchase, without even realising that shop X may be offering a special 20% Christmas discount on the same product.
Last year, we had featured a Firefox extension called FoxyPrices which automatically hunted down the prices for you. Unfortunately, FoxyPrices isn’t yet available for Google Chrome. InvisibleHand is a similar extension which works for Firefox as well as Chrome and supports US, UK and German stores.
InvisibleHand is an install and forget it kind of an extension. Whenever you start browsing a supported online store it will automatically jump into action and begin searching for better deals in the background. You will be notified when a better deal has been found. It also monitors Google searches and steps in if you are searching for a product.
I know little about economics and I certainly know anything about Adam Smith’s principle of the Invisible Hand. But, I love anything which can help me save money. And InvisibleHand does just that. Price comparison services are nice and useful. However, what makes InvisibleHand awesome is that it’s completely automated. Its also fairly well executed. It works mostly in the background and is intuitive and unobtrusive. Yes, it does get things wrong sometimes. For example, it isn’t able to differentiate between an iPhone and an iPhone case. But, most of the time it gets things right. InvisibleHand’s biggest strength is that it supports a large number of stores – 50+ US stores, 45+ UK stores and 15 German stores. InvisibleHand has already helped American users save more than 10 million dollars. Give it a try if you want a hassle free way to save money while shopping online.
Earlier this month, we had discussed about an extension for Google Chrome that will help you to automatically copy selected text- Auto Copy. Today, I am going to discuss about the same trick in Firefox.
This is an about:config tweak. To open the preference editor of your browser, direct your cursor to the address bar and type “about:config”. A warning message will appear like this – “This might vide your warranty!”. Ignore the message and enter the editor.
In the filter box, type the following text- “copy”. You will get a preference named clipboard.autocopy. Change the value of that preference from “False” to “True” by double-clicking or right clicking on it. You are done!
I also found a good addon which does the same job. If you think it is risky to edit the preferences you can try this too! – AutoCopy
I am not a Firefox hater, and nor do I say that I immensely love it. However, Firefox overlapping Internet Explorer would give me immense pleasure, as it is really a good browser. I switched to Google Chrome out of my own needs and because Firefox has been becoming more bloated, even in a bare-bone version.
To my surprise today, I saw couple of big tech sites post about Firefox 3.5 being the world’s most used browser. Now, that would be great, but there are several factual reporting errors with their posts. First of all, Firefox 3.5 is not be the most used browser yet.
Here are the screen shots the top tech sites posted:
I agree that the data they jumped on was actually for December 2009, so lets see a screenshot of that.
Still not Firefox 3.5. So yes Firefox 3.5 is as large as Internet Explorer 7 for the month of December 2009, but it is not the largest browser in the World just yet.
I would be glad to break this news that Firefox 3.5 is the largest browser in the world in the next few days or maybe new week or so, but let’s just get the facts right before posting something that is not accurate.
Please note: If you see the data for last couple of weeks you will see Firefox 3.5 coming out on top, however, browser market share, mobile market share and search engine market share are not judged on few weeks of data, it takes almost 1 month of data to find a proper winner, you can of course pass your own judgement.
Mozilla has released an update to Firefox 3.5 as version 3.5.6. The new update fixes several security issues including 3 critical issues and 4 other medium and less critical ones. In addition to that, Firefox 3.5.6 also addresses several stability issues with the browser.
In all around 62 bugs were fixed in this version. Right now Firefox is not forcing an update on users, so you will have to manually update Firefox on your own. You can always refer to our tutorial on How to manually update Firefox.