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Firefox 3.5 now available

Firefox 3.5 has been released and is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux in more than 70 languages. This release represents the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of thousands of contributors throughout the Mozilla community and around the world.

Firefox 3.5 has a huge number of additions and improvements for both users and web developers alike, including: robust new user privacy features; support for high quality open video and audio; a new, high performance JavaScript engine (and a host of other performance and speed improvements); downloadable fonts that will fundamentally change how we view typography and the web; powerful new developer features such as location aware browsing, canvas features, worker threads, native JSON, and media queries; and so much more. Firefox 3.5 is essentially an upgrade to the Web itself.

Mike Beltzner, Firefox Product Director, stars in this quick video introduction to Firefox 3.5. Visit GetFirefox.com for more information about and to download this release.

Firefox Hacks

The Firefox Hacks team continues to focus on the new features that are part of Firefox 3.5, posting an article and demo every day. Recent posts include: Open video codecs and quality, a short introduction to media queries, 3d transforms, better security and performance with native JSON, and HTML5 video and the web. Check out the Firefox Hacks weblog to read about all of these new features and more.

Discover Shiretoko

Mozilla Japan has started a new “Discover Shiretoko” campaign in cooperation with the non-profit Shiretoko Nature Foundation in Hokkaido, Japan. “As some of you may know, each version Firefox has a code-name that is the name of a national park. The code name for Firefox 3.5 is ‘Shiretoko’ which is taken from the name of the Shiretoko National Park in Northern Japan. Mozilla and this organization have a number of common goals and you can read 4 stories about Firefox and Shiretoko on the Discover Shiretoko site.” The team is also running a new web banner campaign, featuring a unique and creative use of the Canvas element to grow a virtual tree on your website or blog. Read Foxkeh’s weblog to find out more.

Firefox in context

Mitchell Baker has written an article that talks about Firefox in context of Mozilla’s larger mission to promote choice and innovation on the Internet. “Firefox enables the web and web applications to be ever more robust and exciting. The web enables Firefox to be more flexible, more agile and more responsive. Firefox builds an experience where the center of the entire system remains a person. Not a website, not a business, not a piece of software. The most important actor in the entire picture is a human being; an individual. You. Me. Each person living part of his or her life online.” Read Mitchell’s full post on her weblog.

Weave 0.4 released

Weave Sync is a prototype add-on that encrypts and securely synchronizes the Firefox experience across multiple browsers, so that your desktop, laptop and mobile phone can all work together. It is part of the Weave project, which aims to integrate services more closely with the browser. This new release includes a major rewrite of many of Weave’s key components since the last major release in June. For more information, see the Weave 0.4 release announcment.

Two new Fennec releases

Stuart Parmenter has announced the release of Fennec 1.0 Beta 2 for Maemo and Fennec 1.0 Alpha 2 for Windows Mobile. “For these releases we have worked on improving the user experience, replacing our old theme with a much nicer looking one and fixing numerous usability issues. We’ve continued to increase performance and responsiveness.” Other changes include how add-ons are installed, how the download manager works, and several improvements to web forms.

Firefox browser for CyberMentors

Jane Finette has posted about Mozilla’s involvement with the UK-based charity that works to help Britain’s youngsters deal with and protect themselves from bullying. “Earlier this year they launched their CyberMentors program, offering help and advice from trained mentors to anyone who is being bullied online. Mozilla supported CyberMentors straight out of the gates, whereby members of the Mozilla community volunteered to be trained as CyberMentors. Yesterday, we took our partnership a stage further for this worthwhile cause by building and launching a new custom Firefox browser for CyberMentors.” To learn more about this project, see Jane’s weblog post.

Open Video Conference roundup

Mark Surman posted an interesting round up of the goings-on and takeaways from the Open Video Conference that took place recently in New York. “It was an amazing confluence of people from the worlds of online video, art, free culture, open content and web technology.” Mark’s takeaways, summarized, are: “people who make video are great potential allies”, “we have a long way to go”, “there are some simple things we can do now to build momentum”, and finally “open video is both important and fun”. Mark’s post finishes up with some potential next steps, and you can read it in full over at his weblog.

Mozilla Service Week

There are two new stories about the exciting new Mozilla Service Week project that’s taking place Sept 14-21. The first article asks that non-profit and community organizations that are in need of technology help get in touch with Mozilla, so your organization can be included in the program. If you already have ideas about what sort of help you need, you can register directly at the Idealist volunteer organization. The second post is about how individuals can get involved with and get a head start on the Service Week. The team is looking for help promoting the Mozilla Service Week event over the summer, both to volunteers worldwide and to non-profits and local organizations that could use help. For more information, check out both articles: Public benefit organizations: How can we help you?, and Mozilla Service Week: How to help!

Design Challenge: vote now!

The submission deadline for the Mozilla Labs Summer ‘09 Design Challenge has passed, and over 120 concepts have been submitted around the theme of reinventing tabs in the browser. The nine panelists will be going through the submissions and determining the four “best in class” honors, but there’s an additional honor to be bestowed, and we need your help! You can participate by going to the Design Challenge showcase site, reviewing the concepts, and voting for your favorite to help determine which entry should receive the “People’s Choice” award. Voting closes on July 5th, so now’s a great time to start checking out some of the incredible work that’s been submitted for this Challenge. More information is available on Pascal’s weblog post.

Upcoming events

The Mozilla community is organizing an increasing number of events and meetups all the time, and we include a list of these here every week. If you have events you would like listed, send them along to: about-mozilla*at*mozilla.com.

* Fri, Jul 10 – Online – Firefox 3.5 Security Testday
* Sept 14-21 – Everywhere! – Mozilla Service Week

Developer calendar

For an up-to-date list of the coming week’s Mozilla project meetings and events, please see the Mozilla Community Calendar wiki page. Notes from previous meetings are linked to through the Calendar as well.

About about:mozilla

about:mozilla is by, for and about the Mozilla community, focusing on major news items related to all aspects of the Mozilla Project. The newsletter is written by Deb Richardson and is published every Tuesday morning. If you have any news or announcements you would like to have included in our next issue, please send them to: about-mozilla[at]mozilla.com.

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