Friday, January 29, 2010

Mozilla releases mobile Firefox browser

Firefox 1.0 for Nokia’s Maemo platform is here.  Read all about it, and then if you want to download it on your Nokia 9000, it’s over here. More platforms are on the way.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

IE6’s heart will go on and on

Big old corporations have IE6 all over their computers.  Two versions behind. Firefox? Opera? Chrome?  Safari? Forget it.  Overworked and undermanned IT departments buried in outdated requests from suits that don’t know any better will never get IE6 off those boxes. As a result, Ars Technica believes the one in real trouble isn’t Microsoft…it’s Mozilla’s Firefox.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Firefox 3.6 almost ready, get the RC now

Firefox 3.6 is almost ready, and you can go get yourself the RC1 right here.  Press release boilerplate:  “Firefox 3.6 is an incremental update with a handful of minor features and improved support for emerging Web standards.”  But is it faster than Chrome?

Friday, January 1, 2010

What’s ahead for Firefox?

The little browser that could is at a crossroads.  Chrome is getting a lot of pub.  We have the browser, and soon we’ll get the OS. Meanwhile, Mozilla’s deal with Google is up this year. On one hand, Google’s deal funds a lot of Mozilla. Google has long maintained that the open-standard thing is good for everyone, and that’s true. Closed browser ecosystems lead to stagnation. (Hello, Internet Explorer.) What you now have is Google supporting Firefox at the same time they are competing with it with Chrome. But Google is all about contradictions, so it makes sense.  Like Larry and Sergey once said, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.”

Firefox rewrote the browser rules.  Now it’s time to see what they have up their sleeve. Opera is making some noise, but those crazy Norwegians will never have enough market share to move the dial.  It’s a European thing.  Safari?  It’s default with the Mac of course, but the current Mac market share makes world domination problematic. Nope, the browser battle is IE-Firefox-Chrome.  Microsoft and Google money versus Mozilla’s spunky innovation.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Remember that Firefox 3.6 promise from Mozilla?

The one that said, you’ll get it before 2010?  Nope.  I was gonna save this for Lastangelman so he could make some more leering references to Mitchell Baker, (and I don’t get that- what’s with the hair?) but then I figured he’d do that anyway, so here you are.

Friday, November 20, 2009

No Firefox OS – nobody cares

Hot babe Chairman of Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker, not interested in building a competing OS against Chrome, one, because they’re in the browser biz, and two, 91% of its income is derived from Google. “Eric! You never return my calls – Where’s the love? – Eric? Eric?”