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Mozilla Now Has Push Notifications for Websites That Are Not Loaded Yet

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Mozilla is trying to inform users on their new "Push Notification" feature that makes it easier for websites to send notifications even when the tab is not loaded.

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Firefox 44.0 Primed For Release

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Firefox 44 continues allowing unsigned extensions thanks to a last minute change by Mozilla. Firefox 44 also has an option that can be enabled for moving WebGL off the main thread. Firefox 44 additionally presents Brotli compression algorithm support, support for VP9/WebM video support for systems lacking MP4/H.264, WebRTC improvements, Firefox For Android updates, H.264 system decoder support, the new Service Workers API, a WebSocket Debugging API, and other developer enhancements.

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Also: Mozilla Firefox 44.0 Is Now Available for Download for Linux, Mac and Windows

Rust 1.6

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  • Announcing Rust 1.6

    Hello 2016! We’re happy to announce the first Rust release of the year, 1.6. Rust is a systems programming language focused on safety, speed, and concurrency.

    As always, you can install Rust 1.6 from the appropriate page on our website, and check out the detailed release notes for 1.6 on GitHub. About 1100 patches were landed in this release.

  • Rust Lang 1.6 Stabilizes Libraries

    The Mozilla-backed crew working on the Rust programming language announced the release today of Rust v1.6 as their first new version of 2016.

Firefox OS

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Firefox OS has demonstrated that it's a very flexible platform. It has the potential to run on a wide range of devices, such as TVs and IoT gadgets. As long as Mozilla can find some persuasive use cases for manufacturers, it has a good chance of making an impact in these emerging fields.

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Mozilla Still Maintains Thunderbird but Discontinues Persona

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Shutting down persona.org in November 2016

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Hi Everyone,

When the Mozilla Identity team transitioned Persona to community
ownership, we committed resources to operational and security support
throughout 2014 [1], and renewed that commitment for 2015 [2]. Due to
low, declining usage, we are reallocating the project’s dedicated,
ongoing resources and will shut down the persona.org services that we run.

Persona.org and related domains will be taken offline on November 30th,
2016.

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Latest Firefox 43.0.4 Now Available for All Ubuntu OSes

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Ubuntu

Canonical has announced that the latest Firefox 43.0.4 version has been made available in the repositories for the users of Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

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Mozilla Security

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  • Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 38.5 with Address Book Improvements, Security Fixes

    Today, January 7, 2016, Mozilla has announced the immediate availability for download of the Mozilla Thunderbird 38.5.0 email, news and chat client for all supported platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux.

  • Mozilla Re-enables SHA-1 Certificate Support in Firefox

    SHA-1 does still matter as Mozilla backtracks on support. However, don't expect the company to support SHA-1 for the long term.

  • Man-in-the-Middle Interfering with Increased Security

    According to the plan we published earlier for deprecating SHA-1, on January 1, 2016, Firefox 43 began rejecting new certificates signed with the SHA-1 digest algorithm. For Firefox users with unfiltered access to the Internet, this change probably went unnoticed, since there simply aren’t that many new SHA-1 certs being used. However, for Firefox users who are behind certain “man-in-the-middle” devices (including some security scanners and antivirus products), this change removed their ability to access HTTPS web sites. When a user tries to connect to an HTTPS site, the man-in-the-middle device sends Firefox a new SHA-1 certificate instead of the server’s real certificate. Since Firefox rejects new SHA-1 certificates, it can’t connect to the server.

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Server Administration

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    Whether you're still using Subversion (SVN), or have moved to a distributed system like Git, revision control has found its place in modern operations infrastructures. If you listen to talks at conferences and see what new companies are doing, it can be easy to assume that everyone is now using revision control, and using it effectively. Unfortunately that's not the case. I routinely interact with organizations who either don't track changes in their infrastructure at all, or are not doing so in an effective manner. If you're looking for a way to convince your boss to spend the time to set it up, or are simply looking for some tips to improve how use it, the following are five tips for using revision control in operations.

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