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Firefox and More

Last Build Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:38:24 +0000 is 20 years oldasadotzler

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 07:33:03 +0000

[This is a copy of from launch day] our mission Netscape Communications made two important announcements on January 23rd, 1998: First, that the Netscape Communicator product would be available free of charge; Second, that the source code for Communicator would also be free. On March 31st, the first developer release of the source code […]

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Some of the Press Coverage of Firefox 57 Beta (Quantum)asadotzler

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 23:46:10 +0000

Firefox takes a Quantum leap forward with new developer edition  by Peter Bright at Ars Technica Firefox 57 beta arrives with major visual overhaul and next-generation browser engine by Emil Protalinski at VentureBeat Mozilla release Firefox 57 beta (Quantum): It’s 2x faster than Firefox 52 by Brad Linder at Liliputing Mozilla’s Firefox Quantum browser is […]

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Some Nice Things People Said About Firefox 57 Beta (Quantum)asadotzler

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:48:09 +0000

“Super impressed by @firefox quantum. I’ve been using it for a few days now and I’m switching permanently. Noticeably faster than Chrome.” Erik Reppel “Firefox Quantum is blazing fast! Good job, Mozilla!” Oleksandr Shpak “Using the new Firefox beta. it is much faster then the old one. It is as fast as Chrome. maybe faster. […]

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SiteSonar: Measuring the Impact of Adsasadotzler

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:49:06 +0000

A while ago I wrote about about web performance and ad blockers. In that blog post I explained that I block ads because I can’t take the performance hit, that running an ad blocker or using Firefox’s tracking protection makes the web responsive again and a real pleasure to use. That blog post lead to […]

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Firefox Roadmapasadotzler

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:40:48 +0000

I posted an update to the Firefox Roadmap. Firefox will deliver a rock solid browsing experience with world-beating customization and a first of its kind recommendation engine that gets you the content you want when you want it, whether at home or on the go.

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Context Graphasadotzler

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:55:35 +0000

In the lead-up to the London all hands we had a Town Hall where Mark Mayo and Nick Nguyen previewed the three year strategy for Firefox.  That talk mostly covered an emerging area of focus and investment we’re calling the Context Graph. This last week, Nick posted a vision for the Context Graph over at […]

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Firefox 48 Beta, Release, and E10Sasadotzler

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 20:36:51 +0000

Tomorrow In the next few days, Firefox 48 Beta becomes available. If all goes well in our beta testing, we’re about 6 weeks away from shipping the first phase of E10S to Firefox release users with the launch of Firefox 48 on August 2nd. E10S is short for “Electrolysis”. Similar to how chemists can use […]

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thoughts on web performance and ad blockersasadotzler

Mon, 30 May 2016 23:10:18 +0000

I often use an ad blocker with my web browser. I do this not because I hate seeing ads. I block ads because I can’t take the performance hit. Running an ad blocker, or using Firefox’s tracking protection, makes the web responsive again and a pleasure to use. Sites load fast, navigation is smooth, everything […]

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My New Role @ Mozillaasadotzler

Tue, 24 May 2016 23:46:52 +0000

After a couple of years working on Mozilla’s mobile operating system project, I’m coming back to Firefox! I’ll be doing some familiar things and some new things. My official title is Product Manager, Firefox Roadmap and Community. What that means, first and foremost, is that I’ll be returning as our storyteller, making sure that we’re […]

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Foxtrot Update Jan 2015asadotzler

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 21:46:59 +0000

Hey folks. Welcome to 2015! About half of the people participating in the Foxtrot program have still not received Flame phones. I’m sorry about that. I’m hard at work on this but it depends on getting the right builds on the phones. We aren’t going to send our Foxtrot testers new phones with builds that […]

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Flame Distribution Updateasadotzler

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:43:14 +0000

About three weeks ago, I ran out of Flame inventory for Mozilla employees and key volunteer contributors. The new order of Flames is arriving in Mountain View late today (Friday) and I’ll be working some over the weekend, but mostly Monday to deliver on the various orders you all have placed with me through email […]

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Ten Years Agoasadotzler

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:01:12 +0000

Ten years ago, tonight, this is what I was working on. Join us in celebrating the launch of Mozilla Firefox 1.0. Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 9, from 2-7pm PST (that’s 22:00-03:00 GMT), we will be hosting AIR MOZILLA live from the Mozilla Foundation HQ, a 5 hour web event, including a live webcast and text chat. […]

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Foxtrot Update 2014-11-05asadotzler

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:25:04 +0000

Hello Foxtrotters! Our order of Flame devices is expected to arrive in the next week to ten days. In parallel, our integration partner is working on the Foxtrot builds of Firefox OS and the update system that will give y’all monthly development snapshots. Once the devices order arrives in Mountain View, and I’ve got the […]

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MozFest Flame PhonesasadotzlerDancing Flames

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:15:33 +0000

Even though I wasn’t there, it sure was thrilling to see all the activity around the Flame phones at MozFest. So, you’ve got a Flame and you’re wondering how you can use this new hardware to help Mozilla make Firefox OS awesome?! Well, here’s what we’d love from you. First, check your Flame to see […]

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Private Browsing Coming Soon to Firefox OSasadotzler

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:38:10 +0000

This week, the team landed code changes for Bug 832700 – Add private browsing to Firefox OS. This was the back end implementation in Gecko and we still have to determine how this will surface in the front end. That work is tracked at Bug 1081731 – Add private browsing to Firefox OS in Gaia. We […]

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Firefox OS 2.0 Pre-release for Flameasadotzler

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:15:13 +0000

About 4,000 of y’all have a Flame Firefox OS reference phone. This is the developer phone for Firefox OS. If you’re writing apps or contributing directly to the open source Firefox OS project, Flame is the device you should have. The Flame shipped with Firefox OS 1.3 and we’re getting close to the first major […]

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I’m Back!asadotzler

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:34:48 +0000

PROTIP: Don’t erase the Android phone with your blog’s two-factor authentication setup to see if you can get Firefox OS running on it unless you are *sure* you have printed out your two-factor back-up codes. Sort of thinking you probably printed them out is not the same thing as being sure :-) Thank you to […]

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Foxtrot is HereasadotzlerImage via Flickr user Helena Perez García, and used under a CC license

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:06:29 +0000

We’re excited to launch the first, small-scale, FLAME reference phone program, “Foxtrot” for Mozillians. We have about 200 devices available for members of our community (volunteers and employees) who are not part of the core OS dev teams, who will use the phones regularly, and who will participate in product surveys, focused testing efforts, and […]

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Flame – Firefox OS Reference Phoneasadotzler

Wed, 28 May 2014 21:00:13 +0000

Attending the Mozilla Summit 2013 and talking with our community about the exciting future of Firefox OS, the one concern I heard voiced most often was the difficulty of participating in Firefox OS. It was simply out of reach to most people I talked to. No doubt, Firefox OS is an open source project. The […]

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Tablets Still Shippingasadotzler

Tue, 13 May 2014 21:57:23 +0000

We’ve had some bumps in the road in distributing the tablets to the Tablet Contribution Program participants. Because of the overlap in timing with our Flame reference phone program and the distribution of those devices, we are over capacity for what our one heroic shipping person can manage. We’re about 25% of the way though […]

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Tablets Start Shipping This Weekasadotzler

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:44:17 +0000

The Tablet Contribution Program is getting under way with the distribution of 500 tablets to our community starting this week. We’re not a giant operation here, so it’s going to take us a bit of time to package, address, and ship 500 devices to dozens of countries. Your patience is appreciated. When your tablet ships, […]

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Tablet Contribution Program Application Resultsasadotzler

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:43:02 +0000

Today we informed all of the folks that applied for free tablet hardware through the Tablet Contribution Program of the results. As expected, demand far outpaced available devices so applicants will receive an email letting them know if they’ve been selected or not and next steps. We will have additional hardware programs coming, including a […]

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Tablet Contribution Program Applications are OpenasadotzlerFoxconn's InFocus F1 New Tab running Firefox OSVIA Vixen running Firefox OS

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:35:03 +0000

(Re-posted from the Mozilla Hacks Blog) Last month, Mozilla announced the Tablet Contribution Program to help deliver Firefox OS to the tablet form factor. Today, we are excited to open the Application for Hardware Support to Mozillians all over the world who will sign up to contribute to Firefox OS coding, testing, localizing, and product […]

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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 05:47:49 +0000

“Netiquette, a colloquial portmanteau of network etiquette or Internet etiquette, is a set of social conventions that facilitate interaction over networks, ranging from Usenet and mailing lists to blogs and forums.”* I appreciate your enthusiasm for all topics Mozilla. And I love a good back-and-forth in the comments. I also want to keep discussion here […]

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Super-cool Firefox OS Support Appasadotzler

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:35:32 +0000

There’s a great new app in the Marketplace called Mozilla Support. It gives you off-line access to User Support articles for Firefox browsers and Firefox OS. Can’t get enough of troubleshooting problems for friends and family, install Mozilla Support on your Firefox OS phone (or tablet) today!

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Firefox OS Happenings: week ending 2014-02-07asadotzler

Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:48:17 +0000

In the last week, 86 Mozilla contributors fixed about 180 bugs and features tracked in Bugzilla at the Firefox OS product and Gonk OS. A special thanks to new contributor Sukant Garg [:gargsms] who fixed his first Gaia bug this week, 966211 – Screen should not timeout when I have a running stopwatch”. Exciting discussions […]

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Firefox OS Happenings: week ending 2014-01-31asadotzler

Sat, 01 Feb 2014 01:47:10 +0000

In the last week, at least 96 Mozillians fixed about 200 bugs and features tracked in Product:Firefox OS and OS:Gonk. These are a few of those that caught my eye: [Rocketbar][meta] Get rocketbar patches landed in master This is a significant part of the Haida Firefox OS UX update that’s happening right now. Rocket Bar […]

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Firefox OS Happenings: week ending 2014-01-24asadotzler

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:27:29 +0000

In the last week, 84 Mozilla contributors fixed about 165 bugs and features tracked in the Firefox OS Bugzilla product. Well-trafficked newsgroup/mailing list discussions include Julien Wajsberg’s “Using jshint as a commit hook” thread and Madhuri Jain “Guide for Gaia” question where you can find some great links to getting started documentation. The Firefox OS […]

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Firefox OS Tablet Contribution Program Participationasadotzlerallthethings

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:02:01 +0000

Over the long weekend, a number of people asked me if the Firefox OS Tablet Contribution Program was open to anyone besides programmers. The answer is a resounding “YES!” We’re setting out to build the next Firefox OS experience together. Mozilla has limited full-time resources to dedicate to tablet-specific Firefox OS development. That will hopefully […]

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What’s Happening with Firefox OS (week ending 2014-01-17)asadotzler

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:27:25 +0000

This is the second of a weekly series of posts I’ll be doing to highlight the goings on in Firefox OS development. In the last week, the Mozilla community fixed about 200 issues and features tracked in the Firefox OS Bugzilla product. Here are a few of the highlights. Bug 855165 – Make message notifications […]

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