Firefox 3.6

The latest reiteration of the Firefox browser in the upcoming version 3.6 will have an auto-orientation feature allowing devices with accelerometers such as mobile phones and laptops to show the Firefox browser either in portrait or landscape mode. The browser auto-rotates according to the orientation of the devices. This will not have much of an impact to desktop users, but certainly a release geared towards mobile devices.

10 Best Free Linux Browsers gives a list of free Linux browsers:

  1. Firefox – Highly popular browser delivering safe, easy web browsing
  2. Chromium – Open-source project behind Google Chrome
  3. Opera – Popular graphical web browser and Internet suite
  4. Konqueror – KDE 4’s advanced file manager, web browser and document viewer
  5. Epiphany – Simple yet powerful GNOME web browser targeted at non-tech users
  6. Dillo – Small, stable, developer-friendly, usable, very fast, and extensible
  7. Arora – Simple webkit based web browser using Qt toolkit
  8. ELinks – Feature-rich program for browsing the web in text mode
  9. Lynx – Very fast and easy to use
  10. Flock – Built on Firefox, specializing in social networking and Web 2.0 facilities

My take: the first 5 browsers are definitely worth the look. Firefox is still the default and standard for Linux distributions. Chromium is making inroads. Wait, until Chrome OS comes out. There will be a big spike in Chromium’s use. Lynx is useful for scripting. Finally, Flock is just an interesting browser.

950 Million Downloads And Going

Firefox 3.5 reached 5 million downloads in the first 24 hours according to Ars Technica:

Mozilla officially released Firefox 3.5 on Tuesday. The new version of the popular open source web browser has attracted considerable attention and is already seeing rapid adoption. It was downloaded over 5 million times during the first 24 hours. This falls short of the record-setting 8 million downloads that Firefox 3 had during its first day, but it still reflects the intense enthusiasm of the browser’s fans.

The collective number of total Firefox downloads exceeded 500 million last year and is currently estimated at roughly 950 million. It could exceed one billion by the end of August.

Microsoft 7 without IE in Europe

Microsoft has agreed to remove Internet Explorer 8 from Windows 7 in Europe to comply with European laws. Regulators are saying that the inclusion of IE8 to the Windows 7 operating system violates antitrust laws. This is good news for Firefox, which by the way, have a strong following in Europe. IE will most likely lose market share. Other browsers like Firefox, Opera and Safari will pick up the slack. It’s only a question of how much market share will IE lose. Will we see a similar antitrust law against Microsoft in the US? Probably not. Microsoft gets a free pass in the US and antitrust laws are just not the same as Europe. Microsoft plans to roll out IE8 in the US and elsewhere outside of Europe.

Fedora 11

The long awaited Fedora 11 is finally here. Delayed by two weeks, the Fedora Project Team finally announced just moments ago the release of Fedora 11 a.k.a. Leonidas. You can download Fedora 11 on single CD with either a Gnome or a KDE environment. Fedora boasts a 20 second boot time using the default Ext4 file system. Fedora 11 comes with new versions of KDE 4.2.2 and Gnome 2.26.1, Firefox 3.5 Beta, Thunderbird 3 Beta, new artwork and a host of other things. Read more.

Configure Firefox to Play WMV Videos

Configure Ubuntu Firefox to Play WMV Videos

Alright, so I’m a little soccer depraved. Occasionally, I need to see soccer highlights. I went to the MLS site to check out some videos over the weekend, but I had a little trouble watching the video streams in Microsoft’s WMV format. I’m posting this to document how to get the Firefox browser in Ubuntu to work with WMV streaming videos. To get the video streams to work, I removed the Mozilla totem plugin and installed mplayer instead. Here are the commands:

Remove the Mozilla Totem Plugin

# sudo apt-get remove totem-mozilla

Install the Mozilla Mplayer

# sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer

The mplayer plugin launches a pop-up screen to display the streaming videos.