Archive for January, 2010

We’re pleased to announce that Firefox is now available for Nokia’s Maemo platform. Starting today, Nokia N900 owners can enjoy many of the same Firefox features they know and love on the desktop on their mobile device.

Bringing Firefox to mobile devices is the next step toward fulfilling Mozilla’s mission of providing one Web that everyone can access, regardless of device or location. Secure, powerful, and customizable, Firefox is the most modern mobile Web browser available and is optimized for a mobile experience. Key design principles are at the heart of the mobile browsing experience including minimal typing, seamless synchronization with desktop Firefox and the ability to take your Firefox with you, to name a few.

Firefox for mobile is packed with your favorite features, including:

  • Awesome Bar – Go to your favorite sites in just a couple of keystrokes with intelligent and personalized searching
  • Weave Sync – Sync your Firefox tabs, history, bookmarks and passwords between your desktop and mobile device for a seamless browsing experience
  • Add-ons – Customize your Firefox by adding small pieces of functionality, like games and news readers, that help make the mobile Web browser your own
  • Location-Aware Browsing – Get maps and information relevant to your location
  • Tabbed browsing – View open tabs as thumbnails to easily identify and select the Web page you’d like to go to next
  • Safe Browsing – Get an Instant Web Site ID and easily access and edit security settings
  • Available in more than 30 languages and counting

Firefox is the first mobile Web browser to support add-ons. With add-ons, you can customize your Firefox by adding features that help make your browser your own. Add-ons like AdBlock Plus, URL Fixer, TwitterBar, language translators, and geo guides become especially handy when you’re out and about on your mobile device. You can both discover and install add-ons directly from your Nokia N900. There are currently more than 40 Firefox add-ons available for mobile and the number is growing every day.

We strongly recommend that you install the YouTube Enabler add-on from within the Add-ons Manager.  Tap on the install button, restart Firefox, and you’re all set to watch YouTube videos.

Just as Firefox does for the desktop, Firefox for mobile provides a platform for developers to create rich applications. Developers can use the latest Web technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript to improve, modify and customize the browser. Visit the Develop for mobile page to learn more.

Firefox is currently supported on Nokia’s Maemo5 platform and is available for download on the Nokia N900. Users can download and learn more by visiting Visit the FAQ for more information.

This is an exciting entrance into the mobile ecosystem and Firefox for Maemo5 is just the beginning – look out for lots more to come from Firefox for mobile this year.

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Editor’s note: On Jan 28, Mozilla Labs released Weave 1.0. For more details, check out Ragavan Srinivasan’s blog announcement, reposted below.

We’re pleased to announce that the Weave Sync add-on for Firefox is now generally available to seamlessly bridge your desktop and mobile Firefox experiences.

Using this free browser add-on from Mozilla Labs, you can securely access all of your personal data across all of your supported devices, making your Web experience instantly more personal and useful.

Weave Sync synchronizes your bookmarks, saved passwords, browsing history and open browser tabs. And all of your data is encrypted end-to-end to ensure your privacy.
Weave Sync in actionGet Up and Go! – With Weave Sync, open web sites on your desktop are instantly available on your mobile device.

Future releases of Weave Sync will add support for synchronizing your browser add-ons, search plugins and other customizations and ultimately everything that makes your Firefox and Web experience personal.

Weave Sync is open source software developed by Mozilla Labs and released under the GPL/MPL/LGPL tri-license.

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Ragavan S, on behalf of the Weave team

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It’s been a week since Firefox 3.6 release day and after more than 21 million downloads we are still going strong!  We spent some time last Thursday capturing the magic of the release and have put together a behind the scenes video.  Enjoy!

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Editor’s note: Cross-posted from Julie Deroche’s Blog.


Over the years, Mozilla went from hiring only a handful of interns to now having over 30 students during the summer. They come from different academic backgrounds and different countries, with the shared objective of improving the web. At Mozilla, our goal is to expose the students to our open source environment, and therefore demonstrate the importance of a community-driven project.

What Mozilla offers is more than a summer internship: it’s an open invitation to becoming a meaningful contributor to the project. And when we say that your work matters, we actually mean it. Let’s take the recent release of Firefox 3.6 for example. All of our 2009 engineering interns actually committed code that became part of Firefox 3.6! Where else can you say that your work positively impacted more than 350 million users?

But don’t take my words for it, go to our interns website and check out our interns presentations.

We also have both full-time and internship positions available on our careers page. Don’t be shy, check it out and send us your resume! .

Starting next week, we’ll be attending a few career fairs and also hosting some info sessions, and we hope to meet you then! For more information regarding our program, you can always drop by #interns on IRC (

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Now that Firefox Personas are a bigger part of the Firefox skinning experience, I figured it was about time to start collecting my own lists of favorites.  There is no doubt that I like to keep my browsing nice and simple – so the solid Personas for Firefox, are always going to be my favorite.  Here are my ten favorite solid Firefox Personas.

Dark Light


Brushed Metal


Dream of Waves


Auora Blue


Solid Royal


Brown Bag


Light Green Tile


Glass – Clear


Vista Greens


Royal Noir


What do you think?  Do I have good taste, or does another one tickle your fancy even more than these?  Let me know in the comments – and feel free to share your own favorite Personas for Firefox.

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Editor’s note: Today, Mozilla released the third Firefox for Maemo Release Candidate. Check out Director of Mobile, Stuart Parmenter’s blog post reposted below.

We’re excited to bring you the third release candidate of Firefox for Maemo.  Since RC2, we fixed several usability bugs that were found, as well as addressed a number of performance issues.  Based on feedback we’ve received so far, we were able to find and fix several crash bugs.  To improve page load times and responsiveness, we tuned a number of preferences and improved several algorithms.  We’ve sped up zooming and made our panning even better.

If you’ve already got RC2 installed on your N900 or N810, you will be receiving a software update shortly.  Otherwise, if you’re viewing this on your device, you can install it from here.

We’ve decided to disable plugin (not to be confused with add-ons, which are supported) support for this release.  The Adobe Flash plugin used on many sites degraded the performance of the browser to the point where it didn’t meet our standards.  If you wish to enable our experimental plugin support, you will be able to manually via about:config, but do so at your own risk.  We are working on an add-on that will allow the user to have control of which sites to enable plugins for, as some sites, like YouTube, do work quite well.

As always, we’re looking for feedback and suggestions.

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We want to make sure that Firefox t-shirts (and other Mozilla swag) are always readily available to community members around the world who want them. So, as we think about the future of the Mozilla Store it’s really important that we get ideas and input from as many people as possible.

If you have a minute, please take this short survey about the Mozilla Store. Your feedback will be a huge help!

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Hello Jetpack Developers!

We are nearing the release of Jetpack 0.8, which will feature both the Toolbar and Places APIs. Jetpack 0.8 is a particularly important release because it marks the last release based on the experimental prototype we started with last year. As we wrote about last week, we have concurrently been working on a new production-quality iteration of Jetpack, with a revamped architecture that takes inspiration from all of the feedback about the prototype.

In the coming week we will be publishing more information about the new architecture, but currently, we need your feedback on our draft roadmap: We are looking at roughly a four month time-frame for completion of this feature roadmap. During this four month span, there are three major releases scheduled. Each will add targeted, essential features and APIs to the rebooted platform. The first of these three releases will be live about 6 weeks from today.

As we near this transition, expect an increase in communication from the team. It’s an exciting time for Jetpack!

- Daniel Buchner, on behalf of the Jetpack team.

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Editor’s note: This is the first post in the live coverage of today’s Mozilla Privacy Forum.

Mozilla is situated at an increasingly relevant space to facilitate the interaction between users and entities on the web. Firefox has 360 million users worldwide, and aside from the obvious use case of serving users the websites they desire, Mozilla is also positioned to become a revolutionary intermediary between the privacy policies of websites and the users themselves.

Mozilla is already doing work in the privacy space, with projects like Weave with Account Manager and the data collection aggregation in Test Pilot. The data collected for Mozilla or utilized by the user in these services does not allow user data to be compromised via encryption and aggregation, and Mozilla is transparent about this process.

Aza began today’s privacy discussion with an overview of existing projects, such as P3P, Privacy Finder and Nutrition Labels for Privacy. These projects provide a useful framework for understanding the privacy debate but have yet to enter the mainstream. Mozilla seeks to conceptualize privacy and user data from a product perspective, meaning that Mozilla seeks to create a user-friendly experience to empower users to understand the privacy policies for the sites they use.

Today we focus on the concrete question:

What attributes of privacy policies should people care about?

This does exclude aspects of privacy policy debates, but will allow pointed discussion with outcomes that can be leveraged into actionable goals for Mozilla’s Privacy Icons Project. At this moment Mozilla seeks to implement a “bolt-on” approach, meaning that attributes which can be solidified (ie: who does a website share data with, how long do they maintain an archive of user data, how secure or encrypted is the data?).

As part of this process, Mozilla is willing to make normative claims about privacy with an aim to help users negotiate the privacy space in an informed way. Right now breakout groups are assessing the categorization of privacy policies, based on Mozilla’s initial brainstorm of the following topics:

  • encrypted
  • monetizable
  • aggregated
  • stored/retained
  • can contact you
  • 3rd party sharing
  • shared internally
  • personally identifiable

The goal of this breakout session is to assess whether these are the concrete (or at times nebulous) categories with which we can step into a discussion about user privacy norms. The groups are currently defining, re-naming and recalibrating this list to fit with their own personal understandings of privacy, and we welcome you to do the same in the comments.

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How many times have you read a privacy policy or terms of service document from start to finish? Do you notice if a site’s privacy policy changes? Do you take your rights to your own data seriously?

Tomorrow the Mozilla team will be holding a live session discussion of the Drumbeat initiative for privacy icons, a project aimed at giving users ample awareness of the terms of service and privacy policies. We seek to understand the types of information users would like to understand from these legal agreements, such as how long companies keep user data and if these data are shared with third parties.

All are welcome to participate in the discussion at the Mozilla office from 10-3 or virtually via @Mozlabs on Twitter with the hashtag #mozillaprivacy. You can also contribute via comments on this blog. Some of the event will be live videocast at and I’ll be live blogging the entire event (on this very blog!) and being the liaison between those at Mozilla in-person and those who desire to participate asynchronously with the internet as their intermediary. We look forward to your responses.

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