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Mozilla Firefox 43.0 Is Now Available for Download for Linux, Mac, and Windows

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The Mozilla Firefox 43.0 web browser is scheduled for an official release on December 15, 2015, but Mozilla has just started seeding the binaries for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

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Mozilla News

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  • So Long, Firefox OS Phones, and Thanks for All the Fun

    Yesterday news came with a blow: Mozilla announced that, despite development of Firefox OS will continue, they decided to stop their three year experiment with the OS on phones.

    For many, this was equal to saying that Firefox OS is dead.

    Some people were surprised because this decision came when Firefox OS phones were starting to get some traction in developing markets.

  • RIP Firefox OS phones, we hardly knew ye

    Mozilla has ceased development and sales of its open source, Linux-based Firefox OS mobile distribution, although the code may infuse future IoT projects.

    At Mozilla’s “Mozlando” developer conference yesterday, the company announced the end of its ambitious Firefox OS project for low-cost, web-oriented phones. TechCrunch ran a quote from Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices, saying in part: “We weren’t able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels.” Jaaksi also said Mozilla “will continue to experiment with the user experience across connected devices,” and that “we’ll share more on our work and new experiments across connected devices soon.”

  • Mozilla Distributes Funds To Open Source
  • Mozilla Dishes Out Money to Projects It Rellies On

    A month ago, Mozilla announced MOSS, the Mozilla Open Source Support project, during which it planned to give away $1 million / €0.91 million to open source projects it relied on.

  • Mozilla's content blocker, new JavaScript engine, and more open source news

    In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, Mozilla announces new content blocker and ends Firefox OS, the Edge browser's JavaScript engine source released, and more.

  • Mozilla's Servo Can Now Run On Wayland's Weston Compositor

    Mozilla's experimental Servo engine has been ported to run on Wayland's Weston.

  • Announcing Rust 1.5

    The biggest news with Rust 1.5 is the introduction of cargo install, a new subcommand that installs Cargo application packages on the local system. This tool offers a painless way to distribute Rust applications.

Mozilla Gives Up Firefox Phone Ambitions

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The Firefox phone's main strength might well have been its Achilles' heel. That could revisit any new uses for the Firefox OS.

"It was independent of Google, potentially more secure, but it had no apps and no significant demand," Enderle said.

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Firefox OS Pivot to Connected Devices

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Everything is connected around us. This revolution has already started and it will be bigger than previous technology revolutions, including the mobile smartphone revolution. Internet of Things, as many call it today, will fundamentally affect all of us.

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Firefox OS and Browser (Mozilla News)

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  • Mozilla Exits Firefox OS Smartphone Business

    I first started writing about FirefoxOS when it was called Boot2Gecko. The idea was sound, a mobile operating system that uses the web to deliver the web and web applications.

    Unfortunately good ideas don't always turn into good business. Mozilla was not able to push FirefoxOS through the crowded mobile landscape dominated by IOS and Android at the top end. Smaller efforts like Blackberry, Windows mobile, Tizen and even Ubuntu Phone have all been trying to gain share against the Android and IOS too, but little movement occurs.

  • Mozilla confirms its Firefox OS phones are dead

    Mozilla announced at the Mozlando developer conference in Florida that it has officially abandoned attempts to get a foothold in the smartphone market with its Firefox OS system.

    "We are proud of the benefits Firefox OS added to the Web platform and will continue to experiment with the user experience across connected devices. We will build everything we do as a genuine open source project, focused on user experience first and build tools to enable the ecosystem to grow," said Ari Jaaksi, SVP of Connected Devices at Mozilla in a statement to El Reg.

  • Mozilla Puts An End To Firefox OS
  • Firefox To Ship Rust & Servo Components Next Year

    Mozilla made the announcement earlier today that they are ending Firefox OS. However, there is some unrelated bright news today for Firefox fans.

    Mozilla has announced that in 2016 they will begin shipping components of Rust and Servo in Firefox! It's been confirmed by the official @RustLang, the account for this programming language backed by Mozilla.

  • Focus by Firefox – Content Blocking for the Open Web

Mozilla Will Stop Developing And Selling Firefox OS Smartphones

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Farewell Firefox OS smartphones. Mozilla today announced an end to its smartphone experiment, and said that it would stop developing and selling Firefox OS smartphones. It will continue to experiment on how it might work on other connected devices and Internet of Things networks.

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Mozilla's Focus by Firefox Brings Content Blocking to Apple iOS

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With Mozilla's recent Firefox 42 Web browser release, a new tracking protection feature became available to Mozilla's users. Now Mozilla is extending its protections even further with the new Focus by Firefox app, which is available now in the Apple App Store as a free content blocker for iOS 9 users running the Safari Web browser.

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Mozilla retires Firefox’s sponsored tiles, hunts for new revenue streams

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Firefox's targeted sponsored tiles always seemed a little out of place for a browser that is essentially predicated on free, libertarian ideals. You can't exactly blame Mozilla for trying, though. Since its inception, Mozilla has been entirely reliant on revenues from search engines. For years, Google paid Mozilla hundreds of millions of dollars to be Firefox's default search engine. In recent years, Mozilla has diversified its search engine defaults

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Browsers (Mozilla, Google)

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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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