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The Future of Developing Firefox Add-ons

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Today we are announcing some major upcoming changes to Firefox add-ons. Our add-on ecosystem has evolved through incremental, organic growth over the years, but there are some modernizations to Firefox that require some foundational changes to support:

Taking advantage of new technologies like Electrolysis and Servo
Protecting users from spyware and adware
Shortening the time it takes to review add-ons

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Mozilla and Rust, Firefox

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  • Rust in 2016

    This week marks three months since Rust 1.0 was released. As we’re starting to hit our post-1.0 stride, we’d like to talk about what 1.0 meant in hindsight, and where we see Rust going in the next year.

  • Rust Language Focusing On Infrastructure Improvements, Features & More
  • Firefox Security Exploit Targets Linux Users and Web Developers

    Through the years, Firefox has enjoyed a reputation as one of the most secure Web browsers on any platform, and it's the default browser for many Linux distros. However, a security exploit appeared this week that has shown users they can't afford to be complacent about security. Mozilla has rushed to patch the flaw, and a new release has closed the hole (39.0.3). But, plenty of users still haven't updated their browsers.

  • Mozilla Experiments with True Private Browsing

    Mozilla has a long history of experimenting with new features in pre-beta and developer versions of the Firefox browser, and one of the current experiments could shake up notions about private browsing. The company is experimenting with an approach to private browsing where Firefox could block any and all website elements used by third parties to track browsing behavior. Effectively, the new approach would defy the many organizations that don't honor "Do Not Track" features in browsers.

Mozilla defaults Tracking Protection for Firefox developer builds, but only for private browsing

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Pre-beta versions of Firefox will block domains known to track users by default when a private browser window is opened.

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Mozilla tests a true stealth mode for Firefox

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Mozilla wants to make private browsing truly private.

The company is testing enhancements to private browsing in Firefox designed to block website elements that could be used by third parties to track browsing behavior across sites. Most major browsers, Firefox included, have a “Do Not Track” option, though many companies do not honor it.

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Firefox 41 Beta Greatly Improves AdBlock Plus Memory Consumption and Image Decoding

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Mozilla has already announced the launch of Firefox 41 Beta and opened up the final cycle to the upcoming version of the famous web browser.

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Firefox 40

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'CVE-2015-4495 and SELinux', Or why doesn't SELinux confine Firefox?

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Why don't we confine Firefox with SELinux?

That is one of the most often asked questions, especially after a new CVE like CVE-2015-4495, shows up. This vulnerability in firefox allows a remote session to grab any files in your home directory. If you can read the file then firefox can read it and send it back to the website that infected your browser.

The big problem with confining desktop applications is the way the desktop has been designed.

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Firefox 40 for Linux Arrives with Better Video Playback and Graphics Performance

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Mozilla has released Firefox 40 for the Linux platform, and it brings better scrolling, graphics, and video playback performance for this particular operating system, among many other changes.

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The Mozilla We Want

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Mozilla News

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  • Virtual reality is the next open web frontier

    Each year, there's a seemingly infinite amount of exciting things happening on the open web. It's hard to keep track of all the new things rolling out, but I'd like to draw your attention to one of them that Mozilla has been quietly working on MozVR. It's a new technology that combines the open web and virtual reality, enabling developers to create virtual worlds that we can step inside.

  • 0-day attack on Firefox users stole password and key data: Patch now!
  • Firefox exploit found in the wild

    Yesterday morning, August 5, a Firefox user informed us that an advertisement on a news site in Russia was serving a Firefox exploit that searched for sensitive files and uploaded them to a server that appears to be in Ukraine. This morning Mozilla released security updates that fix the vulnerability. All Firefox users are urged to update to Firefox 39.0.3. The fix has also been shipped in Firefox ESR 38.1.1.

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Q4OS 1.4.7, Orion

Another update of Q4OS 'Orion' desktop is available, version 1.4.7. A complete Trinity repository has been added to the system as the main new feature. Access to all the Trinity software were given to users by default, there is no need to add external Trinity repositories anymore. Bunch of important packages updates and security patches has been delivered as usual. Read more

Slackware Live Edition – on its way to 1.0?

Last week the second Beta of the upcoming Slackware 14.2 was released. My goal was to have a new Beta of my liveslak ready by that time, so that I could provide new ISO images to test the Slackware Beta2 on a live medium. Unfortunately, there was an attack of the flu in my team at work and things got a bit busier than usual. There was a plus side to this: some last moment bug fixes which could be applied to my scripts – the result of having more evenings available to test. Therefore the new release is not labeled “0.5.0” but “0.5.1” Read more

Leftovers: KDE

  • Cantor migrating to Phabricator: which tools our contributors must to use
    Projects and software developed by KDE community are going to migrate for a new tool to manage our code, commits, reviews, tasks, and more. This tool is Phabricator and you can visit the instance for KDE projects in this address. Since November 2015 we are migrating Cantor to Phabricator. After our first successful review code some days ago, I decided to write a post about which tools our contributors must to use while the migration process is not finished.
  • Kdenlive's sprint report
    Last week-end, Vincent and me met in Lausanne for a Kdenlive sprint. One of our goal was to merge Gurjot Singh Bhatti's GSoC work on curves for keyframes. This was more work than expected and we spent many hours trying fix the curves and make keyframes behave correctly. Not much time was left for sleep, but we still managed to get outside to make a group (!) picture in the woods above Lausanne.
  • Jekyll 3.x
    I’ve found three different types of transition issues (it is cool to look at these in a project I do not upgrade on a daily basis like Plasma and the rest of the KDE software).
  • kdev-python on Windows: try it!
    I spent the last two or three days playing around with KDE on Windows, with the aim of getting my Python language plugin for KDevelop to run there. In the end, it wasn’t that hard to get this to work — not as hard as I would have expected it to be, anyways.

Manjaro ARM launched

Hi community, wonderful news in regard of architecture expanding within Manjaro Linux. It all started with a simple post on our developers mailing list. Somebody wants to do Manjaro for ARM … Just after one month of development our first alpha release is now ready. So what is this all about? Manjaro Arm is a project aimed to bring you the simplicity and customability that is Manjaro to ARM devices. These devices are growing in numbers and can be used for any number of applications. Most famous is the Raspberry Pi series and BeagleBoard series. Read more