Jun 3, 2013
This isn't just an eye catching title that is supposed to attract someone's attention but a true fact. Last two months (i.e. April and May) have been wonderful for Mozilla Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina! We've attended several events, got new contributors, started a new partnership and more. Let's go thing by thing...

In April we attended monthly OpenCoffee meetup and even though we didn't give any presentations our happy crew created lots of buzz about Mozilla and Firefox OS. Later this month our community leader (Kerim alias kerminator) was invited to be a member of the Judging Committee for Web Development competition at the Science Olympiad organized at the International University in Sarajevo. This was a tremendous honor for us and Kerim used this opportunity to promote Mozilla and our community at this event. This resulted in new contacts, invitations to events and cooperation proposals. In April we also agreed a partnership with a Bosnian IT portal "Tehnografija" which is a rising star on Bosnian Web scene. Our part of the deal is to provide them Mozilla-related articles. As of this moment we have sent them/they have published 10+ articles on Mozilla, Firefox and Firefox OS.

In May we attended OpenCoffee and organized two events: Mozilla Day at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and MozCoffee. Since several startup projects already confirmed their presentations at the OpenCoffee and having in mind the growing interest in startups among Bosnians we decided to give a presentation on WebFWD program especially since the next application deadline was scheduled for June 5th. The response to this presentation was superb and we hope to see some applicants from Bosnia in the near future.

Our visit to Sarajevo School of Science and Technology (SSST) was something we were looking forward to. Kerim worked on presentation until 2AM the night before the event adding the slides about the Student Ambassadors program. Despite the working day - meaning students had classes to attend - we had around 30 attendees who turned out to be a fantastic audience since they took part in the event both asking questions and answering ours. Most importantly they showed lots of interest in getting involved with Mozilla and becoming members of our community. We were happy to see a professor of English language in the audience who approached us after the presentation and was interested in the possibility of English language students getting involved with the localization. This kickstarted a 2-hour long conversation where both sides agreed that we should start a Firefox Club at the SSST in order to more easily attract more students but it will not be limited only to Student Ambassadors program.
Two days after we had a MozCoffee. The weather wasn't our ally as we had a rain storm that day. This resulted in few people cancelling their attendance :( Mozilla Community BiH crew came first to the venue and since other people were a bit late due to heavy rain we decided to seize the opportunity and hold a quick community meetup in order to plan our activities for June and July. Just when we thought nobody would come - surprise! people started arriving. So it turned out to be a nice event with very relaxed atmosphere where we talked about the upcoming Firefox OS and had lots of fun.

Oops! I just remembered I forgot to mention that in April we got another community member that took charge of translating SUMO articles into Bosnian. Mr Elvir Ćesko, welcome aboard ;) We are very happy to welcome new members and are looking for more "fresh blood". At this very moment we already have three events scheduled for June and one for the beginning of July so we hope this is only the start of our crew expansion.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned ;)

Sep 6, 2011
Good news for all Firefox users, especially those running the latest Nightly builds of Firefox 9 or those planning to upgrade to the new version of the web browser once it becomes available in other Firefox release channels.

Mozilla developer Brian Hackett worked on a new feature called type inference for over a year. You may know that you need to define types for variables in some programming languages, while it is not necessary to do that in others. JavaScript for instance does not require type definitions for variables. The downside here is that this practice can have an impact on performance.

Type inference now refers to an algorithm that is automatically deducting the type of an expression.

Type inference is boosting Firefox JavaScript performance big time. Mozilla’s David Mandelin noticed JavaScript performance improvements of up to 44%.

On my machine, TI takes our Kraken score from about 4900 to about 3400, a 1.44x speedup. And on V8-v6, our score goes from about 5000 to about 6600, a 1.3x speedup.

Sebastian Anthony over at Extreme Tech did some measuring of his own and came to the conclusion that the performance gains depend largely on the benchmark used. He noticed performance improvements between 15% to 30% in benchmarks on a Intel i7 930 processor with 6 Gigabytes of RAM and a fairly speedy Nvidia GTX 460 video card.

With Firefox 9, and without type inference, the Kraken benchmark takes 3895 milliseconds; with type inference enabled it takes just 2763 milliseconds. Firefox 9, without type inference, scores 6075 on the V8 JavaScript Benchmark; with type inference, the score jumps up to 6585. Even on banal tests like Microsoft’s HTML5 Sudoku, type inference improves the solving time for 10,000 grids from 2.6 down to 1.62 seconds — and yes, the FishBowl framerate, at 2,000 fish, is increased by 15-20% with type inference enabled.

Interested users can download the latest Mozilla Central release with type inference enabled from the official Mozilla ftp server. The next Firefox channel to get type inference is Firefox Aurora, which is going to be released on September 27. Firefox Beta will get the feature on November 8, and the stable channel on December 20.
Aug 25, 2011
Firefox users are a dedicated bunch. They love their browser and most prefer it to stay the way it is, with the exception of improved performances, web standards support and security updates. I know several Firefox 3.6.x users who stay with that browser version exactly for that reason.

Mozilla recently announced plans to remove the version information from the About Firefox page. Many interpreted this as a way to make Firefox users less aware of the rapid release cycle that speed up the release of new major versions in the browser significantly. The browser this year alone made it all the way from Firefox 3 to Firefox 6 Stable with the likelihood that Firefox 8 Stable will be released by year’s end.

The basic idea here was to remove the version information from the About Firefox page and replace it with information about the update status of the browser (is up to date, is not up to date) and the last time updates were checked.

The version of the browser would still be displayed under Help > Troubleshooting information. The reason for this move was to “aavoid confusion and make sure users always have the most current version of Firefox”. The question here is why Mozilla did not add those information to the About page without removing the version information.

A post on Tuesday by Alex Faaborg on the Mozilla.Dev.Usabilioty newsgroup revealed that Mozilla dropped the plan to remove the version number from the about window.

Just in case this got lost amongst the many threads in progress: there are no plans to adjust the version number. It will remain in its current place in the about window, and we are going to continue with the current numbering scheme.

An attribute of working entirely in the open is that we sometimes create significant confusion as we discuss design work that is in progress. However the bright side is that there is never a shortage of feedback :)

There you have it. The version stays where it is already displayed, at least for now.
Jul 12, 2011
There are a couple issues related to Firefox 3.6 & 5.0 and Mac OSX 10.7 as described on the Mozilla Product’s Blog:
  • There is a bug present in the upcoming release of OSX 10.7 that causes Firefox to crash when using downloadable fonts.  Downloadable fonts are used widely on the web, so users would have suffered severe crash problems.  We alerted Apple to the problem before the release of 10.7 but they did not fix the problem before 10.7 went to final release.  We’ve changed the font APIs that we’re using to newer versions which appear to fix the problem.  Users on 10.6 and before will continue to use the old APIs to reduce risk.  Later versions of Firefox will move all 10.6 and later users to the new APIs.
  • Apple recently updated Java on OSX 10.5 and it broke the Java plugin in Firefox.  Although the number of people using Firefox on 10.5 is quite small, this update fixes Firefox so that it can load the Java plugin on 10.5.
As a result Mozilla will be releasing an emergency update to Firefox 5 for Mac users only. Firefox 3.6.19 & 5.0.1 should be release today (July 11th). There will not be a Firefox 3.6.19 or 5.0.1 for Windows, Linux or Mobile users. Further all planned patches/fixes for 3.6.19 have been moved to 3.6.20 due out on August 16th.
May 8, 2011
Mozilla Community BiH would like to say a big thank you to OpenCoffee organizers, hosts and everyone who attended the May edition of this awesome event! It was an unforgettable pleasure to party with you and share the happyness of the Firefox 4 launch. We sure hope to see you soon!

You can find OpenCoffee pictures on our Facebook page.
Apr 18, 2011
Mozilla just released Firefox 4.0.1 - the first update for Firefox 4 web browser. Code named Macaw it was scheduled for April 26, but is released one week before the announced date. Firefox 4.0.1 patches several minor bugs, which were noticed while testing Firefox 4, but Mozilla didn't want to delay the Firefox 4 release but decided to provide us a minor update for their web browser.

To grab the update go to Help -> About inside Firefox or visit Mozilla.com
Mar 29, 2011
Mozilla, a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better, is excited to release Mozilla Firefox 4 for Android. Firefox delivers an intuitive interface, unparalleled customization and support for modern Web technologies. To make mobile browsing effortless and fun, Firefox provides seamless and secure access to personal data across desktop and mobile devices, including browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, form data and passwords.

Firefox is available from the Android Market (https://market.android.com/details?id=org.mozilla.firefox) and for download (http://www.mozilla.com/m/) on Maemo devices. Firefox for mobile is offered in more than 10 languages.

Firefox for mobile allows users to take the Firefox experience they love everywhere and minimizes typing with features like tabbed browsing, bookmarks, add-ons and Firefox Sync. With a sleek new look that hides browser controls when not in use, Firefox allows users to focus on the websites they visit. Firefox Sync gives users seamless access to their browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, form data and passwords across computers and mobile devices. Firefox also offers thousands of ways to customize the features, functionality and look of mobile Web browsing with Firefox Add-ons.

Firefox is up to three times faster than the stock browser on Android. Major enhancements to the JavaScript engine make everything from page load speed to graphics to overall performance snappy in Firefox.

Firefox for mobile is built on the same technology platform as the desktop version. With modern Web technologies like HTML5, developers can build rich, interactive applications and websites. Go to Web O’ Wonder and check out the incredible online experiences developers can now create.
Mar 22, 2011
Fastest Firefox Ever
Performance: Firefox is up to six times faster than the previous release. With improved start-up and page load times, speedy Web app performance and hardware accelerated graphics, Firefox is optimized for rich, interactive websites.

Streamlined Interface
App Tabs: give a permanent home to frequently visited sites like Web mail, Twitter, Pandora, Flickr.
Switch to Tab: easily find and switch to any open tab from your Awesome Bar without opening duplicate tabs.
Panorama: drag and drop tabs into manageable groups to save time while navigating many open tabs.

Private and Secure Synchronization
Firefox Sync: access your Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data across multiple computers and mobile devices.

Most Customizable
New Add-ons Manager: easily discover and install more than 200,000 add-ons to customize the features, functionality and look of Firefox.

Private and Secure
Do Not Track: Firefox is leading the Web towards a universal standard Do Not Track feature that allows users to opt-out of tracking used for behavioral advertising.
Firefox puts privacy first, fixing flaws in some Web standards to prevent others from accessing your browser history.
HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS): automatically establishes secure connections to stop “man in the middle” attacks and keep sensitive data safe from interception during the log-in process.
Content Security Policy (CSP): prevent cross-scripting attacks by allowing sites to explicitly tell the browser which content is legitimate.

Cutting Edge Tools for Web Developers:
The JavaScript engine incorporates the new JägerMonkey JIT compiler, along with enhancements to the existing TraceMonkey JIT and SpiderMonkey’s interpreter for faster page-load speed and better performance of Web apps and games.
HTML5 support in Firefox includes hardware accelerated, high-definition video (WebM), 3D graphics, offline data storage, professional typography, touchscreen interfaces and the Mozilla Audio API to help create visual experiences for sound and more.
Firefox 4 also improves existing tools like CSS, Canvas and SVG to enable developers to make exciting Web pages.
Firefox provides uninterrupted browsing when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins. If one of these plugins crashes or freezes, it won't affect the rest of Firefox. Simply reload the page to restart the plugin.
Mar 22, 2011
Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 and Delivers a Fast, Sleek and Customizable Browsing Experience to More Than 400 Million Users Worldwide

Mozilla, a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better, is proud to release Mozilla Firefox 4, the newest version of the popular, free and open source Web browser. Firefox puts users in control of their Web experience, providing a streamlined user interface, fun new features, a boost in speed and support for modern Web technologies.

Firefox 4 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux in more than 75 languages. Firefox 4 will also be available on Android and Maemo devices soon.

Firefox 4 is the fastest Firefox yet. With dramatic speed and performance advancements across the board, Firefox is between two and six times faster than previous releases. Major enhancements to the JavaScript engine make everything from startup time to page load speed to graphics and JavaScript performance screaming fast in Firefox.

The latest version of Firefox introduces a sleek new look that lets Web content take center stage. With features like App Tabs and Panorama, Firefox makes it easier and more efficient to navigate the Web. Firefox delivers industry-leading privacy and security features like Do Not Track and Content Security Policy to give users control over their personal data and protect them online.

Firefox Sync gives users access to their Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs and passwords across computers and mobile devices. Firefox also offers hundreds of thousands of add-ons, extensions and Personas and a new Firefox Add-ons Manager to make it easy for users to manage and discover add-ons to customize their Web experience.

Firefox supports modern Web technologies, including HTML5. These technologies are the foundation for building amazing websites and Web applications. Go to Web O’ Wonder and check out the incredible online experiences developers can now create.
Mar 22, 2011
Mozilla Community BiH has been busy for quite a while working on Firefox 4 localization and redesigning our website. Today is a big day for us since we're releasing both! We honestly hope you like what you see.

If you have any comments/suggestions feel free to write to us. We're look forward to hearing your opinions.