Monday, August 4, 2008

about:mozilla - Executive Director, Air Mozilla, Labs meetup, Firefox 3.1, Community Calendar, and more…

In this issue…

  • Mark Surman and the Mozilla Foundation
  • Air Mozilla, this Wednesday
  • Mozilla Labs Meetup, this Thursday
  • Firefox screencast contest winners
  • Control-Tab: A new (future) feature for Firefox
  • Firefox 3.1: Support for text attributes and spell checking
  • Mozilla Community Calendar
  • Firefox 3.0.1 released
  • Firefox released
  • SeaMonkey 1.1.11 security release
  • Developer calendar
  • Subscribe to the email newsletter

Mark Surman and the Mozilla Foundation

Mitchell Baker writes, “I’m thrilled to report that we’ve identified the person we believe should lead the Mozilla Foundation into a new stage of activity. That person is Mark Surman, the role is Mozilla Foundation Executive Director. The Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors and Mark would like the Mozilla community and Mark to meet before we make a final decision. We’re inviting interested parties to talk with Mark about the Mozilla Foundation and the Executive Director role, to develop a feel for how well Mark and the Mozilla project fit together.” More information is available at Mitchell’s weblog.

Air Mozilla, this Wednesday

Asa Dotzler will be hosting another exciting edition of Air Mozilla Live on Wednesday July 23rd at 11:00am Pacific time. The guests this week will be Mitchell Baker and Mark Surman. The Air Mozilla broadcast is your opportunity to meet Mark and ask questions about the Mozilla Foundation and the Executive Director role he is currently slated to fill. If you can’t make it to the live broadcast, you can still send your questions in ahead of time by email. More details are available at Asa’s weblog.

Mozilla Labs Meetup, this Thursday

It’s time for another Mozilla Labs Monthly Meetup. This month’s meetup will be held this Thursday, July 24th, 6pm at Mozilla’s office — 1981 Landings Drive, bldg K in Mountain View, California. There will be informal lightning talks and progress updates on the various Labs projects, as well as plenty of opportunity for discussion and hacking. We will be streaming the evening out to the Labs site. If you are in the Bay Area and would like to attend, please take a moment to RSVP by leaving a comment on the Mozilla Labs blog post.

Firefox screencast contest winners

The Firefox screencast contest is over, and there are now 50 new videos to accompany the articles in the SUMO Knowledge Base. The contest team is very happy with the result and is excited to finally announce the winners. For his work on “How to customize the toolbar,” the contest judges chose Cameron Roy as the grand prize winner. Other winners (one for the best sceencast for each article) will be contacted shortly about their prizes. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest — you’ve helped improve the knowledge base immesurably, and your work will have a lasting impact on Firefox’s 180+ million users. Check out the SUMO weblog post for more information.

Control-Tab: A new (future) feature for Firefox

Jennifer Boriss writes, “Dao Gottwald has been working for a while on his Ctrl-Tab Firefox add-on. Ctrl-Tab has two parts: a filmstrip that allows the user to quickly jump to recently used tabs, and a tab preview mode. These features have been widely used, and lately we at Mozilla have been working to give them a home as a Firefox feature. We’re happy to announce the filmstrip of recently-viewed tabs landed today and will show up in tomorrow’s nightlies as a new Firefox feature.” It is currently expected that this feature will first appear in Firefox 3.1, and there’s lots more information about this new feature and how it will affect Firefox users’ workflow at Jennifer’s weblog.

Firefox 3.1: Support for text attributes and spell checking

Marco Zehe writes, “Friday’s nightly build will include one big new feature in accessibility for Firefox 3.1: Text attributes and spell checking support.” This means that assistive technologies will now be able to get information about the font-family, font-weight, underline style, style, color, and background color of text, and also the language that the text is in, among other things. Additionally, when editing, if a word is misspelled, that word will now include an “invalid:misspelling” attribute. These new features will be fine-tuned over the next few weeks, but the team is looking for feedback if you’re able to help. For more details, please see Marco’s weblog post.

Mozilla Community Calendar

Deb Richardson is putting together a comprehensive list of weekly/regular public project meetings and other events. The wiki page for it is “Community Calendar” on the Mozilla public wiki. The plan is to eventually publish a consolidated version as a shared public calendar that everyone can subscribe to. Please check the wiki page and make any changes or additions necessary.

Firefox 3.0.1 released

As a part of Mozilla Corporation’s ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox 3.0.1 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as a free download from getfirefox. It is strongly recommended that all Firefox users upgrade to this latest release. If you already have Firefox 3, you will receive an automated update notification shortly. For more information, including a list of changes, please see the Mozilla Developer News weblog.

Firefox released

In addition to the release of Firefox 3.0.1, Firefox 2 has also been updated, and Firefox is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as a free download from http://www.mozilla/firefox/all-older.html. It is strongly recommended that all Firefox 2 users upgrade to this latest release. If you already have Firefox 2, you will receive an automated update notification. This update can also be applied manually by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the Help menu.

Please note that 2.0.0.x will be maintained with security and stability updates until mid-December 2008. All users are encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 3.

SeaMonkey 1.1.11 security release

SeaMonkey Project News reports that the SeaMonkey project released a new version of its all-in-one internet suite on July 15th, 2008. “SeaMonkey 1.1.11 closes several security vulnerabilities and fixes several smaller problems found in previous versions. With that, SeaMonkey stays at the same level of security as its sibling Firefox 2, which is issuing updates for the same problems this week as well.” The SeaMonkey team urges users of older SeaMonkey versions to upgrade to this latest release. For more information, see the SeaMonkey Project News page.

Developer calendar

For an up-to-date list of the coming week’s Mozilla project meetings and events, please see the Mozilla Community Calendar wiki page.

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