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Firefox OS fork “H5OS” gets a $100 million boost

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Acadine, founded by former Mozilla execs, has received a $100 million investment from China’s Tsinghua Unigroup, to launch a Firefox OS fork called “H5OS.”

In March, former Mozilla president Li Gong left to form a startup code-named Gone Fishing, with a mission to build a web-oriented mobile OS partially based on Firefox OS. The company is now called Acadine Technologies, and the OS is dubbed H5OS, according to a report from CNET. Acadine has received $100 million in funding from a Hong Kong-based Chinese state-controlled company called Tsinghua Unigroup International, says the story.

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Red Hat Makes Progress On Firefox Native For Wayland

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Besides LibreOffice running natively on Wayland, progress has been made this week on running Mozilla's Firefox web-browser natively on Wayland.

Red Hat developers have been working on getting Firefox native to Wayland with their ambitions to switch Firefox Workstation over to Wayland by default rather than an X.Org Server. This Firefox Wayland work is in-step with the GTK3 version of Firefox.

This is good news for Fedora users running the latest Wayland stack. Details on Firefox native for Wayland can be found via this Google+ post by Red Hat's Jiří Eischmann.

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Mozilla and Flash, Linux

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10 things I want Firefox OS to do for me

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I’ve dogfooded Firefox OS since its early beginnings and have some of the early hardware (hamachi, unagi, One Touch Fire, ZTE Open, Geeksphone Keon, Flame and ZTE Open C). It was good to hear some of the plans for Firefox OS 2.5 that were discussed at Whistler, but I wanted to take the time and model of this post and remix it for Firefox OS. Firefox OS you are great and free but you are not perfect and you can be the mobile OS that I need.

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Download Mozilla Thunderbird 38.1 for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows

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One month after having announced the release of Thunderbird 38.0.1, last week Mozilla provided us with a new maintenance release of one of the best open-source and cross-platform email clients for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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Firefox 39 Finally Lands in Ubuntu 15.04 After a Long Wait

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Canonical has just announced that a large number of Firefox vulnerabilities have been fixed and that version 39.0 of the browser has been added to Ubuntu 15.04 and all the other supported Ubuntu versions.

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Mozilla News

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  • Education is crucial to building an open web

    Emma Irwin is a participation designer at Mozilla who dedicates a lot of volunteer time to educating and empowering adults and youth on the web through making. She has a background as web developer and lives in a small Vancouver Island town with her husband and three daughters.

  • Firefox 40.0 Beta 1 Brings Linux Specific Improvements

    As you may already know, Firefox is being developed on three separate channels. First, the features are implemented in the developer branch, they reach the beta channel when enough tests have been performed and finally, some of the new features from the betas get included in the stable version of Firefox.

    Recently, Firefox 40.0 Beta 1 has been released, bringing improved scrolling, graphics and video playback performance for Linux. And Mozilla claims that this improvements are Linux specific.

  • Mozilla Plans To Rewrite Its XUL-Written UI In HTML, CSS And JavaScript
  • Big changes are coming to Firefox to win back users and developers

    Firefox is about to undergo some dramatic changes, according to Mozilla. Most notably, it sounds like future versions of Firefox will focus on Firefox-esque features such as Private Browsing Mode, while features that are unpolished or otherwise not very useful will be stripped out of the browser entirely. Furthermore, it looks like Mozilla is finally getting serious about moving Firefox away from XUL and XBL, though it isn't clear if they will be replaced with open Web technologies (HTML, CSS, JS) or native UI.

  • Will Firefox changes win back users and developers?

    Firefox has gone through a rough time over the last couple of years, with increased competition from Chrome and other browsers. Now the browser's developers are planning big changes to Firefox. Will these changes win back users and developers who have abandoned Firefox?

Firefox 40 to Bring Better Performance, Scrolling, and Graphics on Linux

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Mozilla has already announced the first Beta for Firefox 40, and it looks like Linux users are going to get some important improvements for scrolling and video playback, among other things.

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Firefox 39 Arrives After a Three-Day Delay

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Mozilla has finally released the stable version of Firefox 39 after it delayed the launch for a couple of days. It's not a major release, but it does have a few interesting features and quite a few bug fixes.

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Samsung Sells a Million Tizen Phones as Mozilla Rethinks Firefox OS

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On June 29, Samsung announced that since January, it has sold over one million units of its Tizen-based Samsung Z1 smartphones in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. According to Reuters, Samsung will "launch several more Tizen smartphones at varying prices."

The Reuters report, which did not mention a timetable, was based on a tip from an undisclosed source. The story also cited a Counterpoint study that estimated the Z1 to be the best-selling smartphone in Bangladesh in Q1 2015.

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