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Asa Addresses Holes in PC World

Firefox Security Fight? One of my favorite Mozilla personalities, Asa Dotzler posted an article the other day debunking a lot of F.U.D. about Firefox and how it is the “new security threat” we should all be worried about, according to an article on PC World’s web site.  Not often do I sit and read, thinking to myself, “Haha, yeah booyyy!” and “Take that!” but Asa did a great job at taking apart this guy’s argument.

You can check out Asa’s thoughts and the PC World article and make your own decision though.  In the red corner from PC World we have Stuart J. Johnson…

“Many people are switching from Internet Explorer to alternative browsers such as Firefox and Safari. Though that might make them feel more secure, the shift has also opened new doors for bad guys.”

In the blue corner, from Mozilla we have Asa Dotzler!

“Stuart J. Johnston, over at PC World’s Bugs and Fixes column, does a fabulous job confusing and unnecessarily alarming Firefox users, while at the same time conflating the valuable contributions being made by the ethical security researcher community with the malicious activities of “bad guy” hackers. That’s quite an accomplishment in just 500 words.”

Who is your money on? 

Interview With Asa Dotzler

Asa is a very interesting guy. I have to thank him somewhat for the popularity of Firefox Facts and him making mention of it on his blog (as well as giving me feedback on the eBook). Check out this interview with him as he discusses the new commercials that Mozilla is going to be pushing out to a TV near you – sometime soon.

Later today Firefox will begin broadcasting, for the first time, four “fan-produced” commercials on prime time television. Initially the ads will only run in the San Francisco and Boston regions, but this will be expanded over time.

The 4 video ads are a sampling of approximately 300 clips which were submitted to Mozilla’s Firefox Flicks program. The theme of the ads is that Firefox is “the safest, fastest and most enjoyable way to experience the Web.” The ads are also partly sponsored by Firefox fans – and Mozilla will insert the names of those sponsors at the end of each commercial.

+ Read More of the Interview With Asa Dotzler!

Firefox 101

Want to know a quick version of Firefox’s history? Asa Dotzler has posted one in response to some comments that have been coming towards the browser’s focus.

Firefox was born when a small handful of open source developers decided, without any financial support, and as a completely volunteer project, to build a Web browser that could attract millions of regular user and give them a better Web experience.

There was not only no financial support for the Firefox project (then called m/b for the directory in CVS where the new browser lived) there was no formal Mozilla community or project support and definitely no support from the large companies contributing to the development of the old Mozilla suite of applications.

+ Read More About Firefox’s History and Background!