Dell may pre-install Firefox on their machines. Would this be a blessing or a curse?
Over at SpreadFirefox, Johnny K posted a message about Dell possibly pre-installing Firefox on their machines when sent to businesses and consumers.
I replied with a couple good reasons why Dell should pre-install Firefox. Make sure you post your comments as well. There are other people who have made the transition to Firefox who were die-hard MS folks as well.
From what I understand, some Dell employees have been reading the boards and Dell is listening. So make your case and post your message.
New version released today after 10 days of 220.127.116.11
The Mozilla Foundation has released the latest version of Firefox.
The biggest fix in this version is the protocol handler issue as mentioned earlier and doesn't seem to be fixed in 18.104.22.168, but should be fixed in this version.
Check the Firefox widget in the left column to always retrieve the latest Firefox version.
Read/Write Web has a great list of add-ons for the Web 2.0 space.
As Web 2.0 continues to move forward, Firefox authors continue to create exceptional add-ons as well.
Read/Write Web posted an article about the Top 10 Firefox Web 2.0 add-ons.
Most of the extensions included in the list have been reviewed in the Fireday column.
Michael Kaply describes how to deploy Firefox to the company masses in his 6-part series.
For those Internet Explorer "dis-likers," Firefox is fast becoming the most adaptive and flexible browser out there.
Most companies using Firefox aren't even interested in going back to Internet Explorer, but if you're making it a corporate policy to roll out Firefox to every PC in the company, you may want to jump over to Michael Kaply's site.
His 6-part series on deploying Firefox within the Enterprise takes you from building a custom Firefox installation with custom icons or images to the clicking of the file to download and run the executable.
If you're receiving an error in Firefox, where do you go for assistance? Mozilla Knowledge Base!
I'm sure everyone has a problem with Firefox crashing once in a while. Hey, it's not perfect, but it's pretty close. :-)
The whole idea behind Firefox is that you have a community who help one another to make the open source browser the best that it can be.
Now, I love Firefox. Really, I do. Heck, my site is turning into a Firefox-driven site.
To make the text on your site bigger, hold down the CTRL key and use the middle mouse (scroller) to scroll...slowly!
Let's party like it's 1999!
Everyone likes to party, right?
The Mozilla Foundation is coordinating parties all over the world for the release of Firefox 2.0 in 14 days. Let the Firefox 2.0 countdown begin at FirefoxParty.com.
Strangely enough, I haven't seen any parties in the Columbus, OH area yet.
Firefox and Thunderbird updates were just released last night.
Last night, I'm was writing the latest Fireday and the first notification I get was my Thunderbird needed updated.
Then, I get a Firefox notification. Wow. Two in one night. :-)
Anyway, the two updates are strictly stability and security issues.
Everyone uses Firefox extensions, but sometimes you need super extensions.
Everyone uses Firefox extensions, but sometimes you need super extensions. Super extensions are extensions that could be considered standalone applications, but instead integrate seamlessly into Firefox, showing the extendability and strength of the Firefox's extension architecture.
Check out these top extensions that could be their own application.
- Codetch Editor - http://www.codetch.com/
- Google Notebook - http://www.google.com/notebook/
Not only did Google put out a Notebook application, but they also created an extension to complement the website. This extension is a pack rats dream come true. The web site is meant for researchers who collect data through the Internet and file it into their "notebooks." Google created an extension specifically meant for the Google Notebook site. Future extensions should be developed this way to allow multiple ways to access your data in case one option isn't available.
- Sage RSS Reader - http://sage.mozdev.org/
The Sage RSS Reader is one of the top RSS readers out there with customizable CSS "newspapers", RSS (2.0, 1.0, 0.9x) and Atom feeds, a number of locales, and, like Firefox, provides RSS Feed discovery. Next to FeedDemon (which is a full application), this lightweight solution is probably the best way to handle RSS feeds in a browser.
- FireFTP - http://fireftp.mozdev.org/
For Internet Explorer users, you can use the FTP capabilities in the browser. Now, Firefox users have an easier, more manageable way of using FTP: FireFTP. FireFTP is a simple client that shows the local folders on the left and remote folders on the right, reminiscent of <insert your favorite FTP application here>. Uploading files in a browser couldn't be any simpler.
- Firefoxit - http://firefoxit.mozdev.org/
FirefoxIt is an extension that has an identity crisis. It thinks its an operating system. The extension is in beta, but if its extended even more, it could show promise in the future. It has custom components called widgets (a fitting term) and you can create your own. It almost acts like ActiveDesktop using Firefox.
- Web Developer toolbar - http://chrispederick.com/work/webdeveloper/
This extension incorporates so much functionality that it is a combination of three or more of my tools that I use for client web sites. The web developer extension takes all of the common tools of a developer and encapsulates all of it into one toolbar. This is just another location where the exceptional Web Developer extension is listed, meaning it is a very powerful extension.
- ForecastFox Enhanced - http://users.rcn.com/shoofy/forecastfox_enhanced/
If you have the WeatherBug installed in your system tray in the bottom right-hand corner, uninstall it and install this weather application...errr...extension. After you enter in your zipcode, ForecastFox Enhanced displays an indicator on the status bar of Firefox. If you roll your mouse over the radar, you are presented with a radar view of the current weather in your area. Click on the radar to be taken to AccuWeather.com for more details. It is always updated and even provides a 2-3 day forecast.
- Selenium IDE - http://www.openqa.org/selenium-ide/
Quality Assurrance on a web site has its drawback, but the Selenium extension makes testing web sites all the easier. The extension provides an IDE where you can record, edit, and debug tests geared towards your web site. You can record the scripts if you want, but you can also edit the scripts by hand to provide even more detailed testing on a tough web page. The Selenium IDE extension is invaluable to QA and testers.
- FireBug - http://www.joehewitt.com/software/firebug/
Most of these extensions were previously reviewed in my weekly column called Fireday.
Firefox 22.214.171.124 has been released.
A new version of Firefox has been released. This version of Firefox is a security/stability release and I believe it may be the last 1.x.x.x version before 2.0 is released, provided no other security issues pop up.
Some of the issues addressed in this release include:
- Chroma Scheme loading remote content has been fixed.
- Crashes with evidence of memory corruption
- Native DOM methods can be hijacked across domains
- Code execution through deleted frame reference
The remaining security issues can be viewed at the Firefox website under Release Notes.