However, if you happen to live in Venezuela, Poland, Brazil, Portugal or Spain you can get a Firefox phone starting in June. Eleven more countries yet to be announced can get the phones by the end of the year. North America though, we will have to wait until sometime in 2014. Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs explains:
Unfortunately, North Americans looking to purchase a local smartphone packed with Mozilla’s new Firefox OS won’t see them on the market until 2014. Why? Because unlike the rest of the world, Silicon Valley sees everything through high-end devices, he said.
via Tom’s Hardware
Not sure when Mozilla did this as today is the first time in awhile that I have done a fresh download/install of Firefox Beta. The stub installer (another feature copied from Chrome) downloads a smaller ‘stub’ of the Firefox (Beta) installer and then once you run the Stub Installer then it downloads and installs the rest of Firefox (Beta). The problem with this, is you can not specify where you want Firefox installed and it runs automatically upon completion of the install. Since I wanted to keep the release and beta version in their own folders and with their own profiles this would not work.
I ended up aborting the install and then going over to the FTP server and download the full version of the Beta installer (in this case Firefox 21 Beta 2). The stub installer is also on the Auora and Nightly channels as well. Again, if you want the full version of the installer, you should be able to find it on the Mozilla FTP sever.
One of the new changes in Firefox 20, that didn’t go over so well when Firefox 20 was released was the changes to the downloads manager behavior. In the past downloads manager would pop-up in a movable window, however with Firefox 20 it is in a fixed balloon type pop-up. It is possible to revert back to the old pre-Firefox 20 download manager via an about:config tweak:
- In a new tab type about:config and press enter
- If you get a warning about “Voiding you warranty”, click the I’ll be careful, I promise button
- In the filter field type: browser.download.useToolkitUI
- Double-click the entry to change the value to true
Now, you are back to the old movable window. However, there is talk that once Australias (user interface) is finally fully implemented the old Toolkit UI based downloads window may be going away.
There is another option, which I prefer to use: Download Manager Tweak add-on. This add-on will also restore the old window based download manager, plus for those who prefer to have their downloads in a tab or in the sidebar this add-on gives you that option. There are many more options as seen in the screenshots below:
The Download Manager Tweak add-on works with Firefox 3.0 to the present release version. There has been some feedback that the add-on is not working correctly in Firefox 21 Beta at press time.
Yet, another CEO is leaving Mozilla Corporation and the search is on for a their fourth CEO. Gary Kovacs announced on April 10, 2013, he will be stepping down as CEO later this year, but will remain on the Board of Directors. Kovacs put much of his attention to get Mozilla to transition into the mobile market. This included Firefox for Android and the upcoming Firefox OS Phones. Mitchell Baker explains on her blog:
Gary joined us to make a dramatic pivot — to move Mozilla from the desktop browser world into the mobile ecosystem. In 2010 we knew that we would need to change many things in order to be effective in the mobile computing environment: our technology, our expertise, our worldview, our focus. Gary’s leadership during this period has helped us build on the strong foundation to make these changes, and to bring that strength into the mobile environment. Gary has reinvigorated our focus on working with commercial partners, a trait that was central in Mozilla’s early life but less so during the Firefox desktop era.
Mozilla Corporation CEO’s:
- Mitchell Baker – August 2005 – January 2008 – Currently Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation
- John Lilly – January 2008 – May 2010 – No longer with Mozilla
- Gary Kovacs – October 2010 to present
via PC Magazine
Mozilla released an update for Android users with Firefox 20.0.1 on April 11th, 2013. This update fixed ANR hangs and DB-lock related crashes on older devices. User should be prompted to update their devices or can get the latest update via the Google Play Store.
The next scheduled releases will be Firefox 21.0 for Android on May 14th, 2013.
Mozilla released an update for Window users with Firefox 20.0.1 on April 11th, 2013. This update addresses issues around handling UNC paths. See bug 846848 for more information.
Depending on update settings (Tools > Options… > Advanced > Update Tab), users will be prompted to update within in the next 48-hours. Windows users can also go to Help > About Firefox and click the Check for Updates button. Users may also manually download and install Firefox via getfirefox.com. The next scheduled releases will be Firefox 21.0 and 17.0.6esr on May 14th, 2013.
He reviews some new and updated features plus some how-tos to change them.
Linux users: Unless you installed it manually it will be updated through your distro.
"Mozilla will upgrade the stable channel of its desktop browser to Firefox 20.0 today. The front page at the time of writing is still linking to a download of version 19.0.2, but you can use this link to download the new version of the browser right away. Make sure you change its url if you need a different localized version, this one downloads the US version of Firefox.
"You also find the download on Mozilla's official ftp server. Later today, Mozilla will start distributing Firefox 20 via the browser's automatic update feature, and you can download it from the official website then at that time as well."
Source: Ghacks Technology Newsletter Firefox 20.0: Find out what is new Go get it.
MySearchResults Search is yet another adware program that some application developers are bundling with their applications. Much like Babylon, AVG, McAfee, etc. these will hi-jack your browsers. They will add a toolbar which will cause your browser to slow to a snail’s pace and may even go as afar as changing your home page, your default search engine and even the new tab page. MySearchResults doesn’t appear to add a toolbar to the browser it does take the liberty of changing your home page, new tab page and your default search engine.
MalwareTips has a step-by-step guide on how to remove this annoying piece of adware and restore your Firefox, Chrome and IE browsers. Once again, your best defense is to pay close attention to each screen when you go to install an application. More and more developers are sneaking these in to their installers as a way to subsidize their bandwidth costs.
On March 31st, 2013, Mozilla celebrated 15 Years of a Better Web. On March 31st, 1998 the Mozilla Project launched at Netscape with what would become the Mozilla Application Suite (based on Netscape version 6). Read more about the 15 Years of a Better Web:
Mozilla has released the next update for Firefox with Firefox 20. New in this release include:
- Per-window Private Browsing.
- New download experience.
- Ability to close hanging plugins, without the browser hanging.
See the Release Notes for more details and complete list of changes.
Also released was an update for Firefox 17esr (Firefox for Organization) with 17.0.5esr. The Firefox esr update only contains bug fixes and security/stability updates.
Depending on the operating system and update settings (Tools > Options… > Advanced > Update Tab), users will be prompted to update within in the next 48-hours. Windows users can also go to Help > About Firefox and click the Check for Updates button. Users may also manually download and install Firefox via getfirefox.com. The next scheduled releases will be Firefox 21.0 and 17.0.6esr on May 14th, 2013.