Archive for June, 2011

Firefox Vision Statement, A New Thunderbird and more…

about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week:

Firefox Vision Statement
Now that the first version of Firefox using the new rapid release process is out, it’s a good time to chart our path forward. To help with that discussion, Jay Sullivan has written a draft Firefox vision statement that proposes where we should go with our products to further the Mozilla mission. Take a look and give us your thoughts.

New Version of Thunderbird
A new version of Thunderbird has been released that is more responsive, faster to start up and easier to use. There are several improvements to RSS feeds, Attachment management and Tabs plus.  There is also a new Add-ons Manager that makes it easier to search for and install and remove add-ons.

A New Look For The Newsletter
This newsletter will be getting a new look soon that will better highlight community news and make reading the stories easier. Take a look at the mockup and give us your thoughts.

Non-Visual Desktop Access
Mozilla has awarded a grant to NV Access, the non-profit creating a free screen reader for Windows that enables blind or vision impaired people to use computers. If you’re interested in this or in other ways to help more people access the Internet, learn more about Mozilla’s vibrant accessibility community.

Firefox In The Enterprise
There’s been an interesting discussion in the community this week about how Firefox’s new release process changes how Firefox is used in large enterprise deployments. Read a summary of the discussion that includes some thoughts about what challenges enterprises face and how we might address them.

SeaMonkey Testing
The SeaMonkey 2.2 beta is now available for testing. Give the new version of the Internet suite a try and double your bug finding power — many issues that are fixed in SeaMonkey fix issues in Firefox and Thunderbird too.

Upcoming events
* July 2, London, England, Design Jam London #3
* July 2 – 3, Rome, Italy, Design Jame Rome #1
* July 15 – 17, Oslo, Norway, Solskogen DemoParty
* July 22 – 23, Mountain View, California, World Series of Hack
* November 4 – 6, London, England, Mozilla Festival — Media, Freedom and the Web
* See more on the Mozilla Community Calendar

Get Involved
These are just some of the available contribution opportunities. Learn more about other ways to get involved!

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New Firefox, Paper Foxes, DevTools and more…

about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week:

New Version of Firefox
The latest version of Firefox is now available with over 1,000 improvements and performance enhancements, including new CSS Animations and Do Not Track for Mobile. We’re also releasing the Firefox Add-on SDK and Builder that make it easier for Web developers to build add-ons using HTML, JavaScript and CSS.

Build Your Own Fox

Celebrate the Firefox 5 launch by making your own paper firefox (or make more for your very own skulk of foxes). Thanks to the Mozilla Indonesia community, there are two firefox paper toys to choose from.

New Developer Tools Coming
With the new rapid release schedule, the next versions of Firefox will be here soon and a number of new developer tools are coming in those releases. Learn more about Highlighter, Style Inspector, Command Line and more, and find out how to get involved with the tools team.

Rethinking the Browser
David Regev is thinking about what web browsers would look like today if we redesigned them from scratch. Read about his concepts for natural language commands and dealing with too many tabs. He’s looking for help building extensions to test these ideas, so join the discussion to get involved.

Intern How-To
Nikhil Marathe is an intern with Mozilla this summer and he’s written up a great guide for conducting your own successful internship search. Take a look at his post and consider applying for our annual Mozilla internship program next year.

Upcoming events
* June 21, Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland Web Meetup
* June 23, online, Contribute Group meeting
* June 25, Pune, India, Pune DemoParty
* July 2, London, England, Design Jam London #3
* July 15 – 17, Oslo, Norway, Solskogen DemoParty
* November 4 – 6, London, England, Mozilla Festival — Media, Freedom and the Web
* See more on the Mozilla Community Calendar

Get Involved
These are just some of the available contribution opportunities. Learn more about other ways to get involved!

About about:mozilla
The newsletter is written by Mozilla’s contributor engagement team and is published every Tuesday.

If you have anything you would like to include in our next issue, please contact: about-mozilla[at]mozilla.com.

You can also subscribe to the email version.

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