This week word of Mozilla's "Project Mortar" surfaced, which aims to explore the possibility of bringing the PDFium library and Pepper API based Flash plugin into Firefox. This project is being led by various Mozilla engineers.
It's been nearly two months since last writing about Mozilla's Servo web layout engine (in early August, back when WebRender2 landed) but development has kept up and they continue enabling more features for this next-generation alternative to Gecko.
At the end of 2015 Mozilla effectively put an end to Firefox OS / Boot 2 Gecko by concluding things weren't working out for Mozilla Corp and their commercial partners to ship Firefox OS smartphones. All commercial development around it has since stopped and they are now preparing to strip B2G from the mozilla-central code-base.
While being delayed one week due to last-minute bugs, Firefox 49.0 is now available this morning.
Beginning with the Firefox 51 web-browser release, FLAC audio will finally be supported natively.
There are two exciting bits of Mozilla Firefox news to pass along today: Winevine support on Linux out-of-the-box to handle Netflix and friends. Separately, WebP image support is being worked on.
WebRender, the GPU-accelerated back-end for Mozilla's Servo browser layout engine, has seen a large number of improvements with WebRender2.
Firefox 48.0 is officially available this morning for all supported platforms.
As mentioned in today's This Week in Servo newsletter, their Q3 roadmap plans have been published.
The first alpha of Pale Moon 27 was released this weekend. Pale Moon continues to serve as a Mozilla Firefox derived open-source web-browser that sticks to the older Firefox user-interface and also uses a fork of the Gecko layout engine.
Mozilla will be taking their first Rust programming language code into production with Firefox 48.
Version 1.10 of the Rust programming language is now available.
If Mozilla didn't already have their hands full with enough projects, the latest they are looking to engage in is a recommendation system to potentially upset the likes of Facebook and Google when it comes to looking for similar sites/resources.
The Mozilla developers working on the Servo browser layout engine and the Browser.html HTML-based web UI have kept to their goal of making a tech preview available in June.
For months there's been talk of a Servo/Browser.html technical preview in June and there's just one week left to the month... It looks like Mozilla is still planning on meeting this milestone!
With Firefox 47 having been released, attention is now turning to Firefox 48 with what's said to be the largest change ever shipped in Firefox.
The final expected binaries of Firefox 47.0 are now available ahead of the expected official debut tomorrow.
Mozilla's next-generation, written-in-Rust Servo browser layout continues making progress as well as on the browser.html front-end and their goal of shipping at least one or more Rust/Servo components within the Gecko engine currently powering Firefox.
Mozilla has announced that for Firefox 48 their WebExtensions API is considered to be in a stable state. They encourage developers looking to develop browser add-ons to begin using this new API.
Running hot off this week's release of Firefox 46 is the beta release issued by Mozilla for Firefox 47.
Firefox 46 won't be formally announced until the morning, but in usual fashion the source and various platform binaries have appeared this evening. Firefox 46 is another significant update from the folks at Mozilla.
With today's release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Snappy package management is being more broadly supported across the Ubuntu ecosystem. This complementary packaging format to Debian packages for Ubuntu will allow third-party applications to be more easily updated. One of the other organizations already on board with using the Snap packaging format is Mozilla.
Besides planning for the Servo and Browser.html initial release this summer there are a lot of other exciting items on the roadmap for developers working on Mozilla's Servo next-generation engine written in Rust.
Thunderbird 45.0 is now available as the latest version of the Gecko-powered open-source email client.
Paul Rouget of Mozilla has shared plans for making an initial alpha release of their next-generation Servo Engine and Servo-based Browser.html web browser release for this summer.
For those sticking to Mozilla's stable channel, following this week's release of Firefox 45 was the public beta of Firefox 46.0.
Mozilla developer Chris Lord wrote recently about renewed interest in embedding Gecko, the current Mozilla layout engine used by Firefox and Thunderbird, while today he's out with a new post about the state of embedding Gecko into other applications.
Mozilla Firefox 45.0 is now available as the newest version of this open-source, cross-platform web browser.
While the Rust-written Servo engine being developed by Mozilla is still experimental, Google's Jake Archibald has done a performance comparison of Servo against other engines and the results are mighty impressive.
Mozilla's Virtual Reality team working in conjunction with the Google Chrome team is ready to release a proposal for a new web API for handling VR devices: meet the WebVR 1.0 proposal.
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