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Weekly Status Report, W20/2012

Here's a short summary of Mozilla-related work I've done in week 20/2012 (May 14 - 20, 2012):

The new Firefox for Android is in Beta now, and for phones it's a really huge step, it launches faster than most other apps, and still has all the Firefox power on websites - even including Flash. Yes, we needed to sacrifice our "webby" technologies for UI design to get there, but we'll go even farther with those on our future phone OS.

If you have an Android phone, help testing this beta (that is, if it has an ARMv7 processor, we're still working on a version for ARMv6). We know about a couple of crashes, but we need more reported, including steps to reproduce if possible, to get this one to be as stable as one would expect from a browser baring the "Firefox" brand. Everything we catch now in beta and we can fix here, will not hit the masses when we go to release.

That said, I hear it's pretty good already (I don't have an Android phone by choice, wanted something even more open), so you can feel good about trusting it with your everyday browsing tasks on your Android phone. And at the same time, you'll be doing good by testing it and - in case you crash it - by sending a report we can then look at and fix! :)

Entry written by KaiRo and posted on May 21st, 2012 19:01 | Tags: L10n, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Status | 4 comments | TrackBack

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Shmerl

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XUL Fennec
Did anyone try to build XUL Fennec for Vivaldi / Plasma Active? I tried to do it recently, but their Mer SDK is broken now with sratchbox2, so I'll have to wait. I'd really like to see Firefox there, since it's the first real Linux tablet coming out.

I hope during the race for Android native UI and efforts for B2G, regular Firefox for mobile Linux won't get lost "between the cracks".
2012-05-21 21:17

KaiRo

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Surely nobody at Mozilla did try building the XUL build for Vivaldi.

The XUL versions is not being actively developed right now by people paid by Mozilla, and it looks like the community hasn't stepped up to do any work on it either, so anything that works there is basically by pure chance (and the fact that it's similar enough to other versions that it's not breaking right away by itself).
2012-05-22 16:22

Shmerl

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Linux support
That's a bit surprising that Mozilla can't (or isn't interested to) find at least one person to work on mobile Linux support (non Android) as an employee.
2012-05-22 18:58

KaiRo

Webmaster

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It's a question of where to most efficiently put resources. The sad reality is that there's way too few users of mobile Linux out there that putting a paid person to focus on it makes sense. We instead make people work on Boot to Gecko and hope that the community will take a look at the mobile XUL version if there's enough interest to keep it going.
2012-05-23 13:22

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