In this issue…
- Dailymotion supports open video
- Fastest Firefox
- Jetpack FAQ
- New Open Web Games group
- Website testing project
- iSight camera streaming with <video>
- Adding Weave support to an extension
- Help launch Firefox 3.5 by hosting an event!
- New about:SUMO newsletter
- Upcoming events
- Developer calendar
- About about:mozilla
Dailymotion supports open video
Last week, Dailymotion, one of the world’s largest video entertainment websites, announced support for the new open video and web standards available in the current beta release of Firefox 3.5. Dailymotion issued a press release about the news, and Chris Blizzard has a great post about it as well. You can also grab the Firefox 3.5 beta and check out the demo for yourself.
Firefox 3.5 will be here soon, and it’s shaping up to be the fastest Firefox yet: more than twice as fast as Firefox 3 and 10 times as fast as Firefox 2. That’s a fact worth celebrating, and to spread the word, we’ve reached out to some of our fellow Guinness World Record holders, each of whom knows a few things about speed. Our first record holder is Kent “Toast” French, whose ability to clap his hands 721 times in a minute officially earns him the title of the world’s fastest clapper. Along with his son Joshua, Kent put on a truly astounding display in honor of Firefox 3.5.
We know that Kent isn’t the only person in the global Mozilla community with a talent for speed, and we want your help in telling the world about Firefox 3.5. We’re looking for you to contribute short videos of you doing your speediest skill — it doesn’t matter if it’s making a sandwich, changing a tire or mowing your lawn — it just has to be fast. If you would like to participate, visit www.fastestfirefox.com and follow the instructions on how to get started.
In less that a week after launch, the new Mozilla Labs Jetpack project had been downloaded more than 25,000 times, and over 100,000 people had watched the tutorial movie.
Jetpack is a newly formed experiment in using open Web technologies to enhance the browser, with the goal of allowing anyone who can build a Web site to add features to Firefox.
Aza Raskin has posted a quick FAQ about Jetpack where he talks about things like why Jetpack is important, how it does (or doesn’t) compete with “regular” add-ons, key development challenges, and future work and releases. You can read his full post over on his weblog.
New Open Web Games group
In response to an extensive discussion after a BarCamp session about “Developing Non-Flash Web-based Games”, Dietrich Ayala and others have created a new Open Web Games group with a discussion forum on Google Groups. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and take part in “finding ways to make the Web more funnerer than ever!” More information is available on Dietrich’s weblog.
Website testing project
Henrik Skupin would like to remind everyone about the Website Testing project discussion taking place this Friday. The Website Testing project arises from the difficulty our QA community has encountered when trying to test sites that require fairly specialized user logins. Henrik’s project focuses specifically on banking and financial sites, and we need your help. If you would like to get involved and help make sure Firefox 3.5 works on your bank’s site, you can find out how to get started through Henrik’s blog post and the Website testing project page.
iSight camera streaming with <video>
Dietrich Ayala has put together a quick demonstration of live video streaming using the video tag for his talk at the upcoming Open Source Bridge conference. He has written up the instructions for creating this demo on his weblog and, while not simple and still somewhat buggy, it is an interesting example of what Firefox 3.5’s support for open video technologies makes possible.
Adding Weave support to an extension
Wladimir Palant, author and maintainer of the ever popular Adblock Plus add-on, has written a detailed tutorial about how to add Weave support to an extension. Weave lets you sync your Firefox/Fennec data (history, bookmarks, etc.) across multiple computers without having to restart your browser. Wladimir’s post goes over general setup, forward compatibility, records, store, and hooking everything together.
Help launch Firefox 3.5 by hosting an event!
Community events have always been a huge part of Mozilla history, helping to celebrate successes, garner awareness for Mozilla and Firefox, build community and draw in new members, and more. If you would like to be part of the Firefox 3.5 launch, there are a number of ways you can help by organizing local community events in your area. Examples include organizing a launch party, holding installfests and helping new users get started, hosting a booth at your university, organizing a meetup for other Firefox fans, organizing a Mozilla “walkabout”, speaking at a conference, or holding a virtual presentation with a Mozilla speaker. The Community Marketing Team has more information and a bunch of resources to help you.
New about:SUMO newsletter
The Mozilla user support project, SUMO, has published its first monthly newsletter. Stories include information about the new localization dashboard, a new SUMO search engine, getting ready for screencasts, a knowledgebase status update, and more. You can read the full newsletter at the SUMO weblog, and sign up for future editions using the handy subscription form.
The Mozilla community is organizing an increasing number of events and meetups all the time, so we’re going to start including a list of these every week. If you have events you would like included here, send them along to: about-mozilla*at*mozilla.com.
* Thu, Jun 4 – Washington, D.C. – Mozilla QA meetup
* Fri, Jun 5 – Online – Website testing testday
* Wed, Jun 17 – Munich, Germany – Munich Mozilla meetup
* Fri, Jun 19 – Online – Fennec web compatibility testing
* Wed, Jun 24 – Mountain View, CA – Testing Mozilla web properties
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: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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