March 2012

Flash Update

Released yesterday (March 28).     Adobe has released a software update for Flash Player that fixes two critical bugs and, most notably, now enables automatic security updates. “ Source:  Technology & science – Security – msnbc.com  Adobe fixes Flash bugs, enables auto updates Check your other plugin here: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/

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Thunderbird 11.0.1 Released

Mozilla released an update to Thunderbird 11.0 on March 28th to address a couple pesky bugs: bug 733731 – Fixes an issue that may cause hangs when handling IMAP mail bug 735940 – Fixes an issue that may cause filters that move mail to specific folders to be erronously (sic) changed I had not run into issues with the first bug, but had heard from users who were affected. The second bug, I had run into on the laptop, especially when Thunderbird was trying to re-sync my IMAP accounts upon resuming Windows from hibernate mode. There were a couple times…

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Firefox 3.6.x end of life Clarification

On the March 17th Release Update and we incorrectly stated there would be a Firefox 3.6.29 on April 24th as the final release for the Firefox 3.6.x branch. Firefox 3.6.28 released on March 13th is the final release on the Firefox 3.6.x branch. However, in the unlikely event of a chemspill update resulting in a Firefox 3.6.29 release, this in turn would be the final release. After April 24th users will need to move to Firefox 12 or Firefox 10.0.x ESR (for those who’s computers do not support the requirements for Firefox 12). Thanks to Mozilla’s Daniel Veditz for the…

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Firefox Support Changes Coming

A warning to Firefox 3.6.x users the last release is coming on April 24 the 3.6.x branch will finally be retired. This comes over a year after Firefox 4 was released last spring and is twice as long as Mozilla normally continues to provide support of older versions after a major release. Further starting with Firefox 13 on June 5, 2012, minimum requirement for Windows will change from Windows 2000 to Windows XP SP2. For organizations or individuals who are not able to update to the newer versions of Firefox due to older hardware and/or operating systems, there is the…

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A warning to Thunderbird 3.1.x users the last release is coming on April 24 when the 3.1.x branch will finally be retired. This comes nearly a year after Thunderbird 5 was released last spring and is almost twice as long as Mozilla normally continues to provide support of older versions after a major release. Further starting with Thunderbird 13 on June 5, 2012, minimum requirement for Windows will change from Windows 2000 to Windows XP SP2. For organizations or individuals who are not able to update to the newer versions of Thunderbird due to older hardware and/or operating systems, there…

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Restore Old Default Image Style

For those of you who recently updated to Firefox 11 and have discovered the changes Mozilla has made with the way standalone images (right-clicking on an image and selecting ‘view image’), here is an add-on that ‘fixes’ this for you. Old Default Image Style restores the Firefox 10 and older style of viewing standalone images. Even better, this add-on does not require a restart, simply install and you are ready to go instantly. Thanks to ringokaori for the tip.

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Mozilla Changes Firefox Video Policy

       …According to Mozilla chairman Mitchell Baker, not supporting H.264 “has not worked” and Mozilla has decided to ship a product that people should want. “Our first approach at bringing open codecs to the Web has ended up at an impasse on mobile, but we’re not done yet,” Baker wrote. “We shouldn’t beat ourselves up for somehow failing to live up to Mozilla’s values.  We’ll find a way around this impasse.” In a much more detailed post, Eich lists the reasons why H.264 is the only option for mobile at this time and indicates that desktop may be impacted as…

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Firefox Alpha released for ARMv6 Android devices

      …Unfortunately not all Android users got to enjoy the browser, especially those running on ARMv6 devices, like the Samsung Galaxy Mini for example. Well the good news is that Mozilla has heard the cries of ARMv6 users and have since released the Alpha version of Firefox for all ARMv6 devices… “ Source: Ubergizmo More Firefox Alpha released for ARMv6 Android devices ↑Go get it↓

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