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Will Google Continue Subsidizing Mozilla?

For several months now, Google's Chrome browser has been posting larger market share gains, by percentage growth, than open source rivals. In fact, many analysts predict that its market share will overtake Mozilla Firefox's next year. The successful rise of Mozilla?s Firefox browser is a legendary story in the open source community, but many people don't realize that Mozilla gets most of its revenues from Google. In fact, nearly all of Mozilla's revenues come from deals that involve feeding users into search/ad ecosystems. In November of this year, though, Mozilla's deal with Google is up for renewal. Is there a chance that it could go away?

Mozilla Targets McAfee Add-On As the Cause of Firefox Crashes

If you've been following the past few releases of the Mozilla Firefox browser, you know that some of the recent releases have caused crashing and performance problems. In particular, OStatic readers sounded off in the comments on this post when Firefox 4 was released, reporting problems with add-on compatibility and more. Some of the problems have been attributed to the fact that Mozilla has moved to a rapid release cycle for Firefox in order to compete more closely with Google Chrome. Add-ons are among the primary reasons why many users favor Firefox, and there have been some glitches as new versions of the browser have arrived at a machine gun pace. Now, Mozilla is actually advising users that the McAfee ScriptScan add-on causes a high volume of crashes.

Mozilla Launches 3D Gaming Effort

Did you know that Mozilla is pushing 3D gaming online? According to a Mozilla Labs post, the company is working on a game engine called Gladius, and will be officially introducing it in a few weeks. Mozilla has also built RescueFox, a prototype game, which it says is designed to validate the Gladius game engine. The game works in current versions of Firefox, and Mozilla suggests that you can try it in Chrome and other browsers as well. RescueFox is playable now.

Mozilla Addresses Problems with Add-Ons and Firefox Releases

As the Firefox browser has moved toward a new rapid release cycle, have you been lamenting the performance of some of your add-ons? If so, you're not alone. Add-ons are among the primary reasons why many users favor Firefox, and there have been some glitches as new versions of the browser have arrived at a machine gun pace. The issue is not lost on Mozilla, which is taking action. Towards the end of last year, the need for a faster Firefox release cycle was apparent, and nearly every team at Mozilla began preparing for the major changes afoot, says a new Mozilla post. Add-on compatibility has always been a huge barrier to releasing more often, so it was critical we have a plan that wouldn?t leave add-ons or users behind.

Does Mozilla's Response to Enterprises Focused on Firefox Go Far Enough?

As we reported back in June, while many users applaud the rapid release cycle that Mozilla announced for the Firefox browser back in February, not all IT administrators are among the fans. It's easy for consumers to forget that businesses have much more stringent requirements for accepting new applications of all sorts, including browsers, into mainstream use. There are security concerns, compatibility concerns, and more. Mozilla officials have already announced that they take the protests from the IT community seriously, and have a working group focused on delivering Extended Support Releases (ESRs) specifically for businesses that want to use Firefox. Do these efforts from Mozilla go far enough, though?

Chrome 15 Arrives, as Open Source Browsers Get Down to Brass Tacks

Even as Mozilla moves ahead with a rapid release cycle for the Firefox browser, Google continues to deliver new versions of Google Chrome at a blindingly fast pace. The company has announced that Chrome 15 is now available through the Chrome beta channel. The new release is available in a Linux version, too. Google is also pushing ahead with a TV advertising campaign for Chrome--a move we certainly haven't seen from Mozilla.

Mozilla's Open Badges Offer Ways for You to Showcase Your Skills

If you're a tech-savvy person who has spent time around other tech-savvy people in a workplace or development environment, you're probably either familiar with constant learners who are always adding to their tech-focused accomplishments, or you are one yourself. Many techies complete coursework on the side, obtain certification after certification, and display an unwavering effort to keep learning. Mozilla has now opened up its Open Badges Infrastructure project, which allows constant tech learners to showcase their skills and achievements.

Mozilla Takes its Fennec Technology Toward Firefox for Tablets

All the way back in 2008, we were covering Mozilla's effort to deliver an innovative mobile browser, dubbed Fennec (Fennec is a small Fox...smaller than a Firefox). The Fennec project has not taken the world by storm since then, but the underlying technology powers a new version of Firefox for tablet devices that could make some waves. This week, a blog post announced that Firefox for Tablets has arrived in Nightly Builds.

Browser Quiz Tests Your Knowledge of Browser Market and Trends

Recently, Susan ran results of a poll she took on her personal site showing which browsers her readers use. Firefox was the clear winner, with Chrome in second place, although Chrome's percentage of users increased more than Firefox's did in the past year. Indeed, many studies of browser usage show that Firefox leads Chrome in overall market share, but isn't growing its share as fast as Chrome is. Still, as people shuffle which browsers they favor, are they as informed as they once were about their browsers? A new poll provides an interesting glimpse into what goes on as browser mature, and tests knowledge of the browser market.?

Mozilla's Do Not Track Guide Positions Privacy as Key Tech Differentiator

Many users of the Firefox browser already use DNT (Do Not Track) technology to prevent companies and organizations from watching their behavior online and compiling ever-growing databases of their user behavior. This type of technology, of course, doesn't just come from Mozilla; rather, it's widespread in many types of browsers and security products. But therein lies the problem, at least from Mozilla's perspective. The company has been trying its approach to DNT as a standard around which everyone can work. Now, the effort to evangelize it is extending out to corporations and advertisers themselves. Mozilla has published a set of guidelines called The Do Not Track Field Guide.

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