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Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta 10

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Moz/FF Almost done. Mozilla has just released the tenth beta of its Firefox 4 browser.

Firefox 4 betas 10, 11 planned

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Moz/FF The Firefox team is playing it safe. There will be at least two more beta releases before a Firefox 4 release candidate is distributed, says one Firefox developer.

Also: Firefox's Linuxy Hardware Acceleration Problem
And: Mozilla's Firefox Do-not-track Feature Doesn't Guarantee Anonymity
And: Best Firefox extensions: Organize your way to a better Firefox

5 reasons why I'm sticking with Firefox

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  • 5 reasons why I'm sticking with Firefox
  • Attention Turns To Open-Source Drivers & Firefox
  • First Look: Firefox 4 Beta 9
  • Reduce the Firefox 4 menu button to an icon in Linux
  • New Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta: A “huge pile of awesome”

How Fast Is Firefox 4?

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Moz/FF Mozilla has the finish line for Firefox 4 in sight: Beta 9 was just released and the first builds of Beta 10 have been posted to the company’s FTP server. There are just over 100 blocking bugs left. The first article of this series focuses on JavaScript performance.

Quick look at Firefox 4

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  • Quick look at Firefox 4 for Qt4
  • Firefox 4 Essentials: What You Need To Know Before Making The Switch

Asa Dotzler: WebM and AVC: a critical decision

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Moz/FF Why are Opera & Mozilla/Firefox against implementing the H.264 codec in their browsers? If it's a question of licensing H.264 or losing the HTML5 tag, you would think they'd choose to save HTML5. What am I missing?

Buggy X Drivers Blocking Hardware Acceleration In Firefox For Linux

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Moz/FF Yesterday, Mozilla released the ninth beta of Firefox 4. It has a lot of improvements both in the UI and performance. Notice that it does not mention anything about Linux.

The Next Major Version of Firefox is Ready to Test

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Moz/FF The latest Firefox 4 Beta is available to test the cool features and improvements in the next version of Firefox.

Mozilla plots February Firefox 4 release

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Moz/FF Firefox 4 is nearly ready for showtime, according to a recent post on Mozilla's mailing list. Mozilla has around 160 hard blockers to knock down, before proceeding to Release Candidate.

10 Web browsers for the Linux operating system

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Moz/FF If you’re using the Linux operating system, you can choose from among numerous browsers that range in scope and feature. But despite all the choices, most Linux users are familiar with only one or two.

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    Security experts have been warning for years that the growing number of unsecured Internet of Things devices would bring a wave of unprecedented and catastrophic cyber attacks. Just last month, a hacker publicly released malware code used in a record-breaking attack that hijacked 1.5 million internet-connected security cameras, refrigerators, and other so-called “smart” devices that were using default usernames and passwords. On Friday, the shit finally hit the fan.
  • Once more, with passion: Fingerprints suck as passwords
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  • Strengthen cyber-security with Linux
    Using open source software is a viable and proven method of combatting cyber-crime It’s encouraging to read that the government understands the seriousness of the loss of $81 million dollars via the hacking of Bangladesh Bank, and that a cyber-security agency is going to be formed to prevent further disasters. Currently, information security in each government department is up to the internal IT staff of that department.
  • Canonical announces live kernel patching for Ubuntu
    Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution, has announced that it will provide a live kernel patching services for version 16.04 which was released in April.
  • Everything you know about security is wrong
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  • Home Automation: Coping with Insecurity in the IoT
    Reading Matthew Garret’s exposés of home automation IoT devices makes most engineers think “hell no!” or “over my dead body!”. However, there’s also the siren lure that the ability to program your home, or update its settings from anywhere in the world is phenomenally useful: for instance, the outside lights in my house used to depend on two timers (located about 50m from each other). They were old, loud (to the point the neighbours used to wonder what the buzzing was when they visited) and almost always wrongly set for turning the lights on at sunset. The final precipitating factor for me was the need to replace our thermostat, whose thermistor got so eccentric it started cooling in winter; so away went all the timers and their loud noises and in came a z-wave based home automation system, and the guilty pleasure of having an IoT based home automation system. Now the lights precisely and quietly turn on at sunset and off at 23:00 (adjusting themselves for daylight savings); the thermostat is accessible from my phone, meaning I can adjust it from wherever I happen to be (including Hong Kong airport when I realised I’d forgotten to set it to energy saving mode before we went on holiday). Finally, there’s waking up at 3am to realise your wife has fallen asleep over her book again and being able to turn off her reading light from your alarm clock without having to get out of bed … Automation bliss!

Microsoft Corruption, Rejections, and Struggles

  • Microsoft licensing corruption scandal in Romania has ended on October 3rd
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  • 49ers Colin Kaepernick, Chip Kelly review Microsoft Surface tablets, which Bill Belichick is ‘done’ using
    Ranting about Microsoft’s unreliable, sideline tablets is not a top priority for 49ers coach Chip Kelly and quarterback Colin Kaepernick, not with a five-game losing streak in tow for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But both Kelly and Kaepernick confirmed this week that they’ve experienced problems with the Microsoft Surface tablets. They’re just not as fed up with them as New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who’s lambasted the imperfect technology for years and finally declared this week: “I’m done with the tablets.”
  • Windows: When no growth is an improvement
    Research firms like IDC and Gartner have continued to forecast contraction, not expansion, in the PC business. Only when enterprise migrations to Windows 10 kick into gear do analysts see a reversal of the industry’s historic slump. That isn’t expected to happen until next year.

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" & 8.15 "Nev" Receive Latest Debian Security Updates

After releasing the first Test build of the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 "Nev" operating system a couple of days ago, today, October 23, 2016, the Parsix GNU/Linux development team announced the availability of new security updates for all supported Parsix GNU/Linux releases. Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" is the current stable release of the Debian-based operating system, and it relies on the Debian Stable (Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie") software repositories. On the other hand Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 "Nev" is the next major version, which right now is in development, but receives the same updates as the former. Read more