Firefox touches 2 million downloads in 24 hours

last updated in Categories Mozilla, News

Wow!

Thanks to great publicity by main stream media, bloggers around the world and powerful news site such as digg, Slashdot – Firefox v2.0 downloads touches 2 million in 24 hours.

So Firefox is well on track to beat IE7’s three million in four days 😉

From mozilla weblogs:
Seriously, though, this is amazing. 30 downloads per second is just mind-blowing. We’re still crunching the numbers and we hope to have some more stats for you all on Monday or Tuesday so stay tuned!

From Redmond with love – IE Team sends a cake

last updated in Categories Mozilla, News

The Microsoft Internet Explorer Team sent a cake for the release of Firefox 2.

That’s so nice…

On 10/24/2006 (the day Firefox 2 is released) the staff at Mozilla HQ in Mountain View, CA gets a very special delivery: a cake from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team 😀

Flickr Photo credit jollyjake. Found via Fred webblog

Firefox 2.0 – First impression

last updated in Categories Linux desktop, Mozilla

To be frank I was using final version 2.0 since morning today. But I had no time to write about it. Then there was some problem with our hosting providers DNS server and network problem at Internap/ Above.Net ISP. Now everything is back online 🙂

Anyway…It (FF 2.0) has key new usability features missing in the new IE 7 🙂

Use wget or other downloader commands to download new Firefox v2.0

$ cd /tmp
$ wget http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/2.0/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-2.0.tar.gz

Move old plugins:
# mkdir /tmp/plugins
# cp -avr /opt/firefox/plugins/* /tmp/plugins
# rm -rf /opt/firefox
# tar -zxvf firefox-2.0.tar.gz -C /opt
Copy all plugins except libnullplugin.so:
# cp /tmp/plugins /opt/firefox

Following extensions are working:
=> Google firefox toolbar
=> Stumble upon toolbar

But del.icio.us toolbar is not compatible with firefox 2.0. Another thing is my Flash player 9 (beta) and real player plugins are also working fine.

WordPress keyboard shortcuts are not working like alt+c, alt+b 🙁 This is a must for me.

Overall most things are working except my wordpress keyboard shortcuts. This is highly recommended download as it offers many security features such as:
+ No more memory leak problems.
+ Built-in phishing protection
+ Enhanced search capabilities
+ Built in spell checking etc
+++ See complete list of new features.
– WordPress keyboard shortcuts not working
– Few extensions are not working

=> Download Link

How Hot Is the New Firefox Browser?

last updated in Categories Beyond nixCraft, Mozilla, News

The Mozilla Foundation, a spin-off of former Internet heavyweight Netscape, has released what many believe will be the final version Firefox 2.0, the chief competitor to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 😀

The version, called RC3 — short for Release Candidate 3 — sports several user-friendly features, including a sleeker interface with buttons that glow when a user positions the mouse over them.

But far more important are the new version’s security features:
“Within the browser, managing security, managing phishing, managing trust is a huge issue,” said Gartner’s Charles Abrams, a specialist in current and next-generation Web strategies

Read more at Yahoo! news

Security: Hacking Web 2.0 Applications with Firefox

last updated in Categories Mozilla, Security

Shreeraj Shah has published an article at SecurityFocus.

AJAX and interactive web services form the backbone of “web 2.0” applications. This technological transformation brings about new challenges for security professionals.

This article looks at some of the methods, tools and tricks to dissect web 2.0 applications (including Ajax) and discover security holes using Firefox and its plugins. The key learning objectives of this article are to understand the:

=> web 2.0 application architecture and its security concerns.
=> hacking challenges such as discovering hidden calls, crawling issues, and Ajax side logic discovery.
=> discovery of XHR calls with the Firebug tool.
=> simulation of browser event automation with the Chickenfoot plugin.
=> debugging of applications from a security standpoint, using the Firebug debugger.
=> methodical approach to vulnerability detection.

Read more at SecurityFocus

How to write Greasemonkey scripts

last updated in Categories Links, Mozilla, News

Greasemonkey is a Mozilla Firefox extension that allows users to install scripts that make on-the-fly changes to specific web pages. Greasemonkey can be used for adding new functionality to pages.

Most Greasemonkey user scripts are written by hand, using site-specific JavaScript code which manipulates the contents of a webpage using the Document Object Model interface

Dive Into Greasemonkey is a book about programming with Greasemonkey, a Firefox extension for customizing web pages. According to this book “Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that allows you to write scripts that alter the web pages you visit. You can use it to make a web site more readable or more usable. You can fix rendering bugs that the site owner can’t be bothered to fix themselves. You can alter pages so they work better with assistive technologies that speak a web page out loud or convert it to Braille. You can even automatically retrieve data from other sites to make two sites more interconnected.”

The book covers installation of Greasemonkey to various Advanced Topics. I find it very helpful. This book, its sample code are under terms of the GNU General Public License.
=> Download PDF Version (167K)

=> Download HTML Version (253K)

=> Read online.