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[News] Free Software is Technically Better Software

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| There’s another reason for the success of generally licensed software. Any 
| project manager who has worked on commercial software knows that the real 
| cost of development software isn’t in the development phase. It’s in the cost 
| of selling, marketing, supporting, documenting, packaging, and shipping that 
| software. A programmer carrying out a weekend hack to fix a problem with a 
| tiny, kludged program may lack the interest, time, and money to turn that 
| hack into a profitable product.      


Browsers - World War II

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| Unlike Internet Explorer and Firefox, Google Chrome isolates each tab within 
| its own application process AND uses the memory protection capabilities of 
| modern operating systems to keep code and data in a failing tab from stomping 
| on the other tabs and eventually bringing down the entire browser session.   
| Unlike Firefox, Chrome and IE grab huge amounts of system memory, bringing 
| under-resourced machines to their knees. Internet Explorer 8 adds the 
| popular ‘auto-complete’ functionality. Eighty percent of the sites we look 
| for are sites we’ve previously visited. This is a great timesaver and has the 
| added benefit of keeping the favorites list to a manageable number.    



10 essential Firefox add-ons

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| ONE of the cool things about Firefox is that you can customize the browser
| with third-party add-ons to make it work better for you.
| Adding an extension is easy. On Firefox 3, simply go to the Tools menu and
| choose Add-ons. On the Get Add-ons tab, click on the “Browse All Add-ons”
| link. This takes you to the Firefox Add-ons Web site, which organizes more
| than 5,000 extensions that are organized into categories. Find one you like
| and click on the “Add to Firefox” button to install it.


Devs Test Drive Firefox 3.1 Beta

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| Mozilla did not forget about its users. The new beta offers users a peek at a
| new tab-switching functionality that gives a preview of the tab before you
| switch to it by hitting the CTRL and Tab buttons.
| Then there's the latest change to the Awesome Bar, which now supports special
| characters. The addition allows users to restrict their searches by
| typing "^" for history-only queries or "+" for tagged page searches.
| The browser's new Location Bar, a location API, is also a significant change,
| said Hammond.
| "It has long term-consequences for mobile developers. As we see slimmed-down
| browsers like Fennec in 2009, support for this enables Web apps that will do
| things with location that developers must build natively today," he noted.
| With the inclusion of the much talked-about Trace Monkey JavaScript engine,
| users should see a noticeable increase in the browsers speed as well.


Firefox 3.1 beta 1 released and reviewed

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| Mozilla has released Firefox 3.1 Beta 1, the first official development
| release of the next update to Firefox 3 just about four months after its
| release past June.


Browser Review: Mozilla Firefox 3

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| By some estimates, more than 1.4 billion people use the Internet for work,
| entertainment, or commerce. All of those web surfers must use a browser to
| visit websites or shop at online stores, and if browsing speed, security, and
| functionality matter, those users should be cruising the information super
| highway with the Mozilla Firefox 3 web browser.
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| Recommendation: Firefox is the Best Browser Available Today
| Firefox is fast, safe, and offers better functionality than the competition
| thanks to an impressive collection of add-ons and some cool built-ins. The
| browser is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, and it is
| free to everyone. Certainly there are tradeoffs, but compared to
| compatibility problems and graphics support issues in IE6 and IE7, Chrome’s
| spying, and Opera’s propensity to crash, Firefox is the best.


Mozilla Ubiquity - the Web-integrated YOU

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| Ubiquity is a really, really, really interesting project. It's unique,
| refreshing - and above all - truly useful. It saves time, it's smart and
| unobtrusive, it's virtually limited in its growth and customization
| capabilities, and it will really make the future of browsing into something
| completely different from what it is today.
| Here's a real change of creating a semi-AI tool that will serve you rather
| the other way around.


Overhauled tabbed browsing for Firefox 3.1

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| Firefox 3.1 may well be remembered as the “tab release”, as tabbed browsing
| will be the most noticeable updated area users will face when it comes out in
| final form.


Finer session restore for Firefox 3.1

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| Back from a totally offline, sweet 7-day cruise with great times at Aruba,
| Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and Saint Thomas. Aruba and Curaçao: overrated. Sint
| Maarten: the winner hands down. If you can, jump on one now!


Mozilla: Firefox is faster than Chrome

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| Mozilla answered claims that Google's Chrome browser outperforms Firefox with
| benchmark results of its own that showed the upcoming Firefox 3.1 is faster
| at executing JavaScript.
| According to tests run by Brendan Eich, Mozilla's chief technology officer
| and the creator of JavaScript, Firefox's new TraceMonkey interpreter is up to
| 28 percent faster than V8, the name Google gave to the interpreter used by
| Chrome.


Firefox 3.1 Alpha 2 reviewed

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| Mozilla has released the second alpha of Shiretoko, the development codename
| of Firefox 3.1. Alpha 2 brings a handful of improvements and new features
| that help advance the web to a more open, standards based stage, while
| tweaking the user experience.
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| TraceMonkey, the JavaScript optimization module that brings outstanding
| performance improvements to most web applications is disabled by default in
| this release because of some nasty bugs, but this should change soon.
| Also coming in future releases, most likely Beta 1, is geolocation support
| which was added some days ago, and will enable web developers to provide
| content customized to a user specific location.

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