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Mozilla Dissolves Messaging Unit

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Moz/FF It was supposed to be an effort that was going to propel Mozilla's Thunderbird email client to the same level of adoption and interest as Firefox.

It failed.

Can Firefox Be Saved?

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Moz/FF After spending months on end watching Mozilla Firefox 4 go through eleven-and-some-odd betas, I’m less than impressed with what I’ve waited for all this time. The first time I launched a fresh install of Firefox 4 and navigated to the homepage of the New York Times, it hung for almost a minute on end – and then every ad block on the page burped with a “Flash plugin has crashed” message. This is progress?

Firefox 5 to get major social media

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  • Firefox 5 to get major social media, UI and tab upgrades
  • See What Might Be In Store for Firefox 5
  • Firefox 5 and Beyond: A Look at What's Coming

Mozilla to Crack Down on Add-ons Slowing Down Firefox

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Moz/FF Browser add-ons are a great way of bolting on new functionality and customizing the experience to a high degree. But they're also a great way of slowing down browser quite a lot, which is why Mozilla is introducing several new measures to cut down on poorly optimized add-ons for Firefox.

Mozilla kills embedding support for Gecko layout engine

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Moz/FF Mozilla has officially ended support for embedding the Gecko layout engine in applications other than Mozilla core applications. The move will have an impact on any application which has used the Firefox layout engine in their applications and the first to announce that it will have to make significant changes is the Camino browser.

Also: Open Source Camino Browser Faces Fork in the Road

Firefox 5 Preview Available Now

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Moz/FF It turns out that Mozilla was not kidding. Firefox 5 is already in the works and can actually already be downloaded as a preview.

Bend the New Browser to Your Will

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  • Firefox 4 Tips: Bend the New Browser to Your Will
  • 3 Best Ways To Speed Up Firefox 4 Browser

15 handy Firefox 4 tips and tricks

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Moz/FF From complete control over tabs to better bookmarking, these Firefox 4 tips will help you make the most of it.

Also: Firefox 5 Preview Available, Stable On April 13

My review of Firefox 4

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  • My review of Firefox 4
  • Firefox 4 Has Already Become More Popular Than IE9
  • Firefox 4 Review Round-Up: Critics Weigh In
  • Firefox 4: at a glance

Benchmark battle: Chrome vs. IE vs. Firefox

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Moz/FF CNET put the latest stable versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer through a gauntlet of benchmarks that considered JavaScript and HTML5 performance, as well as boot times and memory usage.

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I did not do any other testing, no extensive tweaking, no customization. I felt no need or desire to do so. Now, do remember Zorin OS 12 is still in beta, so we can excuse some of the problems we see here. But others are purely Ubuntu, and have been ported over from the parent distro without any discrimination or any improvements and fixes introduced in the last six months. The big offenders include: multimedia and smartphone support, poor software management, and then the somewhat heavy utilization and slow performance. Zorin is quite pretty but weary on the eyes, it tries perhaps too hard to be more than it is, and overall, the value it brings is negatively offset by the myriad papercuts of its design and the implementation of its unique style, plus the failings of the Ubuntu family. It's an okay choice, if you will, but there's nothing too special about it anymore. It's not as fun as it used to be. Gone is the character, gone is the glamor. This aligns well with the overall despair in the Linux desktop world. Maybe the official release will be better, but I doubt it. Why would suddenly one distro excel where 50 others of the same crop had failed with the exact same problems? Final grade, 5/10. Test if you like the looks, other than that, there's no incentive in really using Zorin. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Read more

PlayStation 4 hacked again? Linux shown running on 4.01 firmware

Hackers attending the GeekPwn conference in Shanghai have revealed a new exploit for PlayStation 4 running on the 4.01 firmware. In a live demo you can see below, once again the Webkit browser is utilised in order to inject the exploit, which - after a conspicuous cut in the edit - jumps to a command line prompt, after which Linux is booted. NES emulation hilarity courtesy of Super Mario Bros duly follows. Assuming the hack is authentic - and showcasing it at GeekPwn makes the odds here likely - it's the first time we've seen the PlayStation 4's system software security compromised since previous holes in the older 1.76 firmware came to light, utilised by noted hacker group fail0verflow in the first PS4 Linux demo, shown in January this year. Read more Also: 'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' Coming To Linux In November, Mac Port On Hold