There has been a lot of talk about the new Places feature being disabled in the new Firefox 2 Development Branch. Personally I think people are trying to hard to find reasons for disliking the folks at Mozilla. I say give them a break! Here are some related links:
The winners for the Firefox Flicks contest have been announced. While my favorite of the bunch (Wheee!) didn’t take the number one spot, I am happy to see it got second place. It seems like there is some controversy brewing as well with a couple of people mad about the choice of winners.
There has to be at least a million reasons to use Firefox, right? That is the idea behind the Web site, The Million Reasons. Here are a few good ones:
#120: Time is money. Firefox is super fast – like a jolt of lighting compared to Safari and Explorer – both painfully slowwwwwww.
#49: Updated Frequently
#206: it makes ramen (I didn’t know about this one!)
Have a friend or family member that isn’t sure if they want to switch? Send them to read this list.
Firefox 2 is coming closer and looking better every day. The “spell-as-you-type functionality for text fields” looks pretty interesting. It might keep me from typing words into the Google search box every time I’m not sure how to spell something. The “ability to manage the search plugins” is my other favorite new feature to look forward to. Right now there isn’t a pretty interface over this, and I really think there should be one.
Here are a few more related links about the future of Firefox:
These movies might not help you use Firefox any better, but some of them are pretty fun to watch. The project is to “create a 30-second ad, in any style (live action or animated,) that brings Firefox to life for the millions of Web users who have yet to discover Firefox and the better Web experience it delivers.”
My suggestion for you? Go watch “Wheee!”, it is my favorite so far.
According to this Market Share Web site, Firefox is now enjoying 10% of the browser market. That puts Internet Explorer at 85% and everybody else in that other 5%. Firefox is gaining steam and I don’t know what could happen to make them fall off the track. Want to read some more debate on the topic? Check out the digg.com comments to this news.
Find something interesting on or about Firefox today? I’m always looking for more submissions. If you fit into that category, send them in to me! You can send me the basic information, or do a full write up like you see here on the Web site. I’ll pick the best, and get them posted as soon as possible. Also, if you do a longer entry (one or two full paragraphs) be sure to leave your name and a link, so I can give you the proper credit.
So thanks to Microsoft people can download all that IM, media playing, and alternative browsers such as Firefox? John Carroll talking about his frustrations with Antitrust lead Asa Dotzler to fight back with this:
John, your company broke the law. Microsoft was managed by lawbreakers and thugs who strong-armed OEMs that were already shipping a superior browser to millions and millions of users. Microsoft cheated. There is no honor in that, and even less in your sad attempt at defending it.
There is a war that is about to start, but who will win this epic battle? Once Internet Explorer 7 finally gets out of development, there is no doubt that it will be a threat to Firefox usage. To give Internet Explorer 7 some credit, they are doing a lot of good things. Things that should have been done many years ago. So, will Internet Explorer 7 kill Firefox?
Here are some of the new features coming to Firefox 2 Alpha 1. There are about six features previewed here, so give it a look. One feature I am really happy to see is the “close tab” button on each tab you have open.
At first blush, the changes are not dramatic. But spend a little time with the browser, and you’ll notice subtle enhancements, such as adding little Xs to close specific tabbed browsing pages.
A History drop-down menu has been added to the toolbar alongside File, Edit, and View.
Places is a new feature that resembles the Internet Explorer sidebar, allowing you to control Bookmarks, RSS subscriptions, and History.
With the new MozStorage system, you can now execute a search query of your browser history to find pages you may have visited 100 Web pages ago.
In Firefox 2, as you click a page’s RSS icon, the feeds are added to a toolbar, and drop-down menus display the latest choices and the option to open all current feeds in individual tabs.
There you have it. What do you think of Firefox 2 so far?