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Tor Browser 4.0.6 Is Now Available for Download, Based on Firefox 31.6.0 ESR

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The Tor Project, through Mike Perry, had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the sixth maintenance release of the Tor Browser Bundle 4.0 software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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Mozilla Firefox 38.0 Will Bring True HTML5 YouTube Playback on OS X and Linux, Tab-Based Preferences Page, Reading List

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Only a couple of days after releasing the final build of the Firefox 37.0 web browser, Mozilla has now pushed the next major version of the application to the Beta channel. We were very curious to see what’s new, so we have downloaded Mozilla Firefox 38.0 Beta in order to report its new features and improvements.

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Mozilla Thunderbird 31.6.0 Is Now Available for Download, Thunderbird 38.0 Pushed to Beta Channel

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Immediately after releasing the final version of the Mozilla Firefox 37.0 web browser, which brings native HTML5 playback on YouTube, Mozilla has also released a new maintenance version of its acclaimed Mozilla Thunderbird email, news, and chat software.

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Mozilla Firefox 37.0 Is Now Available for Download

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We’re happy to announced that the final builds of the popular Mozilla Firefox 37.0 web browser were published on Mozilla’s download servers for all supported computer operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

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Mozilla cares for community with educational resources

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I love the opportunity and inspiration of open source participation—the chance to tinker with and influence new innovation and social change. Seeing my contributions become part of something bigger continues to be both an empowering and humbling experience.

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Firefox OS ported to MIPS on Ingenic tablet

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Imagination is hosting a raffle for a 9.7-inch, MIPS-based Ingenic tablet that runs a MIPS port of Firefox OS, which will also support its Creator C120 SBC.

An “experimental” version of Firefox OS has been ported to the MIPS architecture in the form of an unnamed Ingenic reference tablet announced by Imagination Technologies. Imagination designs the IP for the MIPS32 cores and PowerVR SGX540 GPU incorporated in the tablet’s Ingenic XBurst SoC. There are five days left to sign up for an Imagination raffle of 15 of the tablets, which are loaded with Firefox OS, but also support Android 4.4

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Imagination Technologies wants to take MIPS mainstream with Firefox OS tablet

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A couple of weeks ago, in a shadowy corner of a fancy coffee house in London, I was handed a rather interesting gadget: a white, nondescript 9.7-inch tablet. I tapped the power button, and the Firefox OS lock screen appeared. That wasn't the surprising bit, though. Rather unusually, there was a MIPS-based CPU inside the device.

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Netscape: the web browser that came back to haunt Microsoft

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But even when Microsoft engineers built a TCP/IP stack into Windows, the pain continued. Andreessen and his colleagues left university to found Netscape, wrote a new browser from scratch and released it as Netscape Navigator. This spread like wildfire and led Netscape’s founders to speculate (hubristically) that the browser would eventually become the only piece of software that computer users really needed – thereby relegating the operating system to a mere life-support system for the browser.

Now that got Microsoft’s attention. It was an operating-system company, after all. On May 26, 1995 Gates wrote an internal memo (entitled “The Internet Tidal Wave”) which ordered his subordinates to throw all the company’s resources into launching a single-minded attack on the web browser market. Given that Netscape had a 90% share of that market, Gates was effectively declaring war on Netscape. Microsoft hastily built its own browser, named it Internet Explorer (IE), and set out to destroy the upstart by incorporating Explorer into the Windows operating system, so that it was the default browser for every PC sold.

The strategy worked: Microsoft succeeded in exterminating Netscape, but in the process also nearly destroyed itself, because the campaign triggered an antitrust (unfair competition) suit which looked like breaking up the company, only to founder at the last moment. So Microsoft lived to tell the tale, and Internet Explorer became the world’s browser. By 2000, IE had a 95% market share; it was the de facto industry standard, which meant that if you wanted to make a living from software development you had to make sure that your stuff worked in IE. The Explorer franchise was a monopoly on steroids.

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GNOME Control Center Updated to Support Firefox Nightly Builds in GNOME 3.14

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While we prepare our GNU/Linux distributions for the anticipated GNOME 3.16 desktop environment, which will be unveiled next Wednesday, on March 25, 2015, the GNOME development team still updates some of the core components of the current stable release of the desktop, GNOME 3.14.

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Mozilla Releases Firefox 36.0.3 to Patch the Security Vulnerabilities Disclosed at Pwn2Own

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Mozilla has just updated its popular Firefox web browser application for all supported computer operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. The new stable release is now Mozilla Firefox 36.0.3 and you should receive it via the built-in updater tool of the software.

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