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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.

Meet Chirimen, a Firefox OS-Powered IoT Single-Board Computer Developed by Mozilla

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Today we would like to introduce you guys to an upcoming development SBC (Single-board computer) called Chirimen, which is currently developed by Mozilla, the company behind the world's famous Firefox and Thunderbird software products.

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Mozilla Firefox News

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  • Mozilla hastily backpedals on SHA-1 ban after impact larger than thought

    The impact of Mozilla's decision to depreciate SHA-1 at the start of 2016 with the release of Firefox 43 turned out to be larger than it anticipated. As a result, Mozilla hastily released an update on Wednesday that re-enabled support for SHA-1 certificates as it seeks to better evaluate how many users might be affected.

    Firefox 43 was supposed to ratchet up security for its users as part of Mozilla's roadmap by dropping support only for new SHA-1 certificates, while continuing to support older SHA-1. The rationale behind this move was to present a clear disincentive for certificate providers to move away from SHA-1 without penalizing – as yet – existing SHA-1 certificates that are already in use.

  • Firefox’s ban of SHA-1 certs causing some security issues, Mozilla warns

    Mozilla has warned Firefox users that its decision to reject SHA-1 certificates has caused an unfortunate side effect: some man-in-the-middle devices, such as security scanners and antivirus products, are failing to connect to HTTPS sites.

    The browser maker advised any netizens affected by the interference to install the latest version of Firefox, which reinstates support for SHA-1.

  • Firefox 43.0.4 Fixes Folder Creation on Linux and Brings Back SHA-1

    Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox, 43.0.4, which is just a maintenance release that happens to have an important fix for the Linux platform.

  • Mozilla: 40 Percent of Firefox Users Don't Have Add-Ons Installed

    According to an internal analysis, Mozilla staff estimates, based on anonymous telemetry data, that around 40% of its userbase does not have add-ons installed on their browser.

CES 2016: Firefox OS Still Alive, Powering New Panasonic UHD TV

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The open source Firefox OS will be used to power new Panasonic DX900 UHD TVs, Mozilla and Panasonic have announced.

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  • Desk Changer is a Wallpaper Slideshow Extension for GNOME
    Have you been looking for a GNOME wallpaper slideshow extension? If so, you can stop. In the comments to our recent post on the way GNOME handles wallpapers a number of readers asked whether GNOME had an image slideshow feature built in, without the need for third-party apps and the like. The answer is yes, GNOME does. Sort of.
  • Minwaita: A Compact Version of Theme Adwaita for Gnome Desktop
    As you may already know that Ubuntu is switching back to Gnome, this is the transition time for Ubuntu to switch back. Some creators are motivated and creating themes for Gnome desktop, which is a good thing and hopefully we shall see plenty of Gnome themes and icons around soon. As its name shows "Minwaita" it is minimal/compact version of Adwaita theme, the theme is available after some enhancements to make Gnome more sleek and more vanilla Gnome experience without moving to away from Adwaita's design. This theme is compatible with Gnome 3.20 and up versions. This theme was released back in November, 2016 and still in continuous development that means if you find any problem or bug in the theme then report it to get it fixed in the next update. Obsidian-1 icons used in the following screenshots.
  • Gnome Pomodoro Timer Can Help You Increase Productivity
    If you are struggling with focus on something, it could be your work or study then try Pomodoro technique, this method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. You can read more about Pomodoro here.
  • Widget hierarchies in GTK+ 4.0
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