Some quick news primarily regarding Vivaldi and Firefox web browsers.
I’m still not anywhere near the point of using Vivaldi as a daily web-browser. But the development work on the snapshot and technical preview releases is coming on strong. There seems to be a new snapshot release once or twice a week. It is fast and I’ve not encountered any fatal bugs yet. And that bookmark sidebar feature on a Chromium based browser can’t be beat by anyone except Mozilla’s Firefox. Release updates from the most current, downward.
- Snapshot 188.8.131.52 - Reload bypassing cache shortcuts and a visual clue for Rewind - Vivaldi.net
- Snapshot 184.108.40.206 - Draggable tab bar, favicons in the address bar and spatial navigation improvements - Vivaldi.net
- Snapshot 220.127.116.11 - With Chromeless UI - Vivaldi.net
- Vivaldi browser Technical Preview 4 is here! - Vivaldi.net
- Snapshot 18.104.22.168 - Crash fix before TP4 - Vivaldi.net
- Snapshot 22.214.171.124 - Translation updates before TP4 - Vivaldi.net
- Snapshot 126.96.36.199 - TP4 is just around the corner - Vivaldi.net
I gotta say. I follow more than a few of the Mozilla Developer blogs and channels. I like the technical discussions particularly those that relate to security. But special thanks and credit is due to the color-commentary and analysis provided by The Guru over at Firefox Extension Guru's Blog. The Guru never fails to deliver additional perspective and context of issues with Firefox build features and sea-changes by Mozilla. While I may read some Mozilla news with a “oh, that’s interesting” a follow up post by The Guru leaves me with a “totally missed that detail & impact!” experience.
- FTP Support may be dropped in Firefox and Chrome - gHacks Tech News
- How to Disable Pocket Integration and Other Features in the New Firefox - Make Use Of blog
- More Ramblings on Pocket - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
- Anything and everything about Extension Signing - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
Mozilla recently released background on an internal initiative “Great or Dead” where they seem to be showing a desire to listen to their user base and re-evaluate the features baked into Firefox. I am NOT a programmer so I can’t begin to fathom the challenges of coding a complex and secure web-browser that keeps pace with the web standards while stretching for backward compatibility. That said, I would really like to see Mozilla return back to its early “hot-rodding” vision of a stripped down core browser that can be customized by the user via add-ons. I’m totally cool with forced extension signing (though provision of a two-key missile silo “override” about:config option would be helpful). All these “extras” are cute but can be addressed via add-ons. Maybe what Mozilla needs to do is a campaign about their add-on “store” to introduce the concept and help general (non-technical) users find and customize the core framework to their own needs. Or perhaps put together and showcase add-on “starter packs”; social-media pack, cord-cutter pack, pen-tester pack, etc. Yes there are collections, featured, and most popular pages already. But for a Firefox noobie these may be overwhelming. Just a thought.
- These Firefox features could be part of Mozilla's Great or Dead Initiative - gHacks Tech News
- The 2015 Firefox Trifecta - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
- Mozilla Addresses Default Browser Changes in Windows 10 - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
Get ready for some potential UI changes in Firefox 40 when it runs on Windows 10.
- Firefox 40 features a Windows 10 optimized theme - gHacks Tech News
- UI Changes Coming Firefox 40 Windows 10 Only - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
And while Mozilla seems to make some progress with Flash-security, they also seem to take several steps back by (currently) (bug?) stopping Silverlight from loading on Win64 builds but still allowing Flash. See The Guru’s posts for more perspective.
- Mozilla Blacklists Flash 188.8.131.52 - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
- Firefox Win64 Supports Only Flash - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
- More on Firefox Win64 - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
OK. While I’m not “heavily” monitoring the Pale Moon project, I continue to glance at the project so that if -- sometime in the future -- Mozilla totally jumps the shark with Firefox feature development, I will have another familiar platform to switch out with.
- Pale Moon 25.6 ships with anti-fingerprinting option - gHacks Tech News
I have a portable version of Pale Moon that I keep around but haven’t done any tweaking or extension adding at this point. It feels familiar but different compared to Firefox. Kinda like when it dark in the morning and a grab a pair of jeans to pull on and find they are the odd Wranglers I own in the stack of Levi’s.