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Visualizing the Invisible

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We recently released Private Browsing with Tracking Protection in Firefox – a feature focused on providing anyone using Firefox with meaningful choice over third parties on the Web that might be collecting data without their understanding or control. This is a feature which addresses the need for more control over privacy online but is also connected to an ongoing and important debate around the preservation of a healthy, open Web ecosystem and the problems and possible solutions to the content blocking question.

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Thunderbird to be separated from Mozilla

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This is a long-ish message. It covers general topics about Thunderbird
and the future, and also the topics of the Foundation involvement (point
9) and the question of merging repositories (point 11). Naturally, I
believe it’s worth the time to read through the end.

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Mozilla Situation

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  • Mozilla's Millions Grow Under Last Year of Google Deal

    While Mozilla continues to give away its open source products for free, including the Firefox web browser, it is still generating growing revenues. Mozilla's newly published 2014 financial statements show that the open source software group made more money than ever before in 2014, though 2015 will be a year of challenges.

  • Mozilla: Open Source Firefox Browser Thrives without Cash from Google

    How important is Google to open source? Not quite as important as it was up until a year ago, when Mozilla announced that it was no longer receiving large sums of cash from the search giant. Yet it turns out Firefox and other Mozilla products are still thriving without as much Google support.

  • All hail Firefox Dev Edition 44 – animations, memory and all

    When Mozilla released the first Firefox Developer Edition there wasn't much difference from the regular Firefox release, but all that changed recently.

    Firefox DE 44, delivered in early November, packs in a wealth of new features and improvements, particularly for anyone working with HTML5 and CSS3 animation.

    The Developer Edition's Page Inspector tool adds an animation panel that allows developers to step through animations node by node and easily scrub, pause, and inspect each animation on the webpage.

Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 38.4.0 to Patch High and Critical Security Issues

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Security

Mozilla has announced the release of a new maintenance version of the popular, open-source, and cross-platform Mozilla Thunderbird 38 email and news client for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

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Best Firefox Add-ons for a Better YouTube Experience

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From blocked videos to annoying ads, there are many things about YouTube we don't like. These restrictions and distractions only dampen the amazing experience that the video-sharing website is meant to provide. If you are a Firefox user, however, you won't have to worry about such things. Firefox offers a variety of add-ons that let you fix pretty much any annoyance that YouTube has. Furthermore, they also let you download videos right to your desktop so that you can watch them whenever you want, even without a connection.

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Mozilla: we’re not getting money from Google any more but we’re doing fine

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For many years, Firefox developer Mozilla generated substantial income from a sponsorship deal with Google; the search and advertising firm paid Mozilla in return for Firefox making Google its default search engine. That deal was ended last year, with Firefox defaulting to Yahoo in the US, Yandex in Russia, and Baidu in China.

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Mozilla contributor creates diabetes project for the masses

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OSS

My open source story started in high school as a student. I always considered myself to be a hacker—not the malicious type, but the curious type who liked to tinker with code and hardware. My first encounter with open source was in 2001 when I installed my first Linux distro, Lindows. Of course, I was also an early user of Mozilla Firefox.

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Debian-Based Webconverger 33.1 Kiosk Linux OS Is Out with Mozilla Firefox 42.0

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Debian

The developers of the Debian-based Webconverger Linux distribution used for deployment in places like Internet cafes have announced the release of Webconverger 33.1, which is now available for download.

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Mozilla News

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  • Firefox OS 2.5 an experimental Android app APK now available

    Firefox has released an experimental app in the form of ‘Developer preview’version of its web-based Firefox OS for Android users. It is now available as an 88MB APK and works any launcher you will see in Google Play store.

  • Firefox 43 Will Be Using FFmpeg By Default

    The Mozilla developers have announced that Firefox 43.0, scheduled for release on December 15 2015, will be replacing GStreamer with FFmpeg. This is not surprising at all, since FFmpeg is available on the most popular Linux systems by default, or make it available via the default repos.

  • Firefox 43 to Use FFmpeg by Default on Linux

    FFmpeg is present in most Linux distributions, so it's not really surprising that Mozilla finally decided to make an important change to Firefox and allow it to use the latest FFmpeg packages that are present in a system.

Firefox Enables FFmpeg Support By Default

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For those with FFmpeg present on their system, Mozilla developers have finally enabled FFmpeg support to be used by default.

Firefox on Linux has relied upon GStreamer for media support, but with the patches merged last month is support for Libav 9 or FFmpeg 1.2 or newer by default.

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Red Hat News

  • Red Hat's Results Underscore its Growing Focus on OpenStack
    Late last week, Red Hat reported earnings per share of 55 cents on revenue of $600 million, beating estimates of 54 cents and $590 million, respectively. One thing that went unsaid across much of the coverage is that the company is in the midst of a major shift in its strategy toward OpenStack-based cloud computing, and it looks like service revenues and positive momentum from that effort are starting to arrive. "Our growth was driven in part by expanding our footprint with customers as we closed a record number of deals over $1 million, up approximately 60 percent year-over-year," Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst said during his company's earnings call. Seven of the top 30 deals had OpenStack in there, nine had RHEV," Whitehurst said. "We had three OpenStack deals alone that were over $1 million. So I think we're seeing really, really, really good traction there."
  • Red Hat targets $5-b revenue in five years
    Open-source technology firm Red Hat Inc, which hit the $2-billion revenue milestone two quarters ago, is looking to achieve $2.4 billion in FY 2017 and $5 billion in the next five years. The company is betting on India, its second largest operation outside the US, as one of the key growth engines to help achieve its aspirational revenue goal of $5 billion by 2021. “India is a bright spot for Red Hat for three reasons,” Rajesh Rege, Managing Director, Red Hat India, told BusinessLine.
  • Red Hat Announces Ansible Tower App for Splunk, Enabling Intelligence and Automation Enhancements
  • Red Hat’s (RHT) “Outperform” Rating Reiterated at Raymond James Financial Inc.
  • Red Hat Inc. (RHT) PT Raised to $89.00

pump.io Servers Adoption

  • Adopt a pump.io server
    As most of you know, E14N is no longer my main job, and I've been putting my personal time, energy, and money into keeping the pump network up and running. I haven't always done a good job, and some of the nodes have just fallen off the network. I'd like to ask people in the community to start taking over the maintenance and upkeep of these servers.
  • Prodromou: Adopt a pump.io server
    There are currently around 25 servers in the federated network initially started by Prodromou, which does not count other pump.io instances. He notes that one important exception is the identi.ca site, which is significantly larger than the rest, and which he would like to find a trusted non-profit organization to maintain.

Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 3 Released

The development team is pleased to announce the new Beta release of Black Lab Linux 8 – our latest OS offering to bring the best Linux desktop distribution currently on the market. This release moves the kernel and application set away from the prior LTS 14.04 base to the new 16.04 LTS base. Black Lab Linux 8 will showcase 3 desktop environments : MATE, LXDE and GNOME 3. Other improvements include: Full EFI support Kernel 4.4.0-38 LibreOffice 5.2 GNOME Video Rhythmbox Firefox 49 Thunderbird GIMP Full multimedia codec support Read more

Intel Core i7 6800K Benchmarks On Ubuntu + Linux 4.8

While the Core i7 6800K has been available for a few months now, there hadn't been any review on it since Intel hadn't sent out any Broadwell-E samples for Linux testing this time around. However, I did end up finally buying a Core i7 6800K now that the Turbo Boost Max 3.0 support is finally coming together (at first, Intel PR said it wouldn't even be supported on Linux) so that I can run some benchmarks there plus some other interesting items on the horizon for benchmarking. Here are some benchmarks of the i7-6800K from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the Linux 4.8 kernel. Read more