Mozilla Rolls Out Weave 0.5, Bugzilla 3.4, Firefox 3.6 Dev Guide and New Rubiks Cube
Article by George Norman
On 30 Jul 2009
Several new offerings from the Mozilla Foundation have been released: Weave 0.5, the add-on that is meant to encrypt and synchronize your Firefox experience across multiple browsers, Bugzilla 3.4, a fresh version of Mozilla’s bug-tracking system, Firefox 3.6 developer guide, which details some of the features in the next iteration of the Firefox browser, and a new Rubiks cube, which is Mozilla-themed of course.

Thanks to Weave, you can sync the Firefox browser you have installed on your home system with the Firefox browser on your laptop, workstation, and mobile phone so that you can safely experience the same usability no matter where you are. The Weave prototype has now reached v. 0.5 in its development process and the new version comes with the following changes, as detailed by Software Engineer with Mozilla, Mike Connor:


Major performance improvements during upload and download
Sync waits until you’re not actively using the browser
Improved support for bookmark tags and smart folders
Support for changing passwords and passphrases
Support for Fennec on Windows Mobile and Firefox on x86 OpenSolaris
Better error handling and reporting

You can download Weave 0.5 here (requires Firefox 3.5 or better).

The Bugzilla project has recently released Bugzilla 3.4, an update that comes with a tweaked user interface, and has been deemed as a “major release.” It comes with several new features, like:

The bug-filing page has been simplified (a lot)
New Bugzill front page
Logged-out users can no longer see the email addresses of other users
Emails can be sent in the background
Shorter URLs for searches
New custom field enhancements
A field where you can refer to bugs in other Bugzillas

You can download Bugzilla 3.4 here. Release notes here.

Mozilla has published a Firefox 3.6 developer guide (see here) where it presents some of the features that may be implemented in Namoroka (the codename of Firefox 3.6). Here is some of the info included in the guide:

Firefox 3.65 will be based on Gecko 1.9.2
Automatically hide the menu bar
Sounds in response to specific events
Geolocation "address" support

Please keep in mind that Mozilla referred to this features list as an initial sketch. As such it may change over time.

Last but not least, a new Mozilla themed Rubiks cube made its way to the Mozilla Store (purchase here).

Tags: Mozilla, Weave, Bugzilla, Firefox 3.6, Rubiks cube
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