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Mozilla ruft zum Erhalt der Netzneutralität auf - Netzpolitik.org

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Mozilla ruft zum Erhalt der Netzneutralität auf
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Mozilla ruft dazu auf, sich möglichst zahlreich an der laufenden Konsultation zur Netzneutralität in Europa zu beteiligen. Wie bei den erfolgreichen Kampagnen in Indien oder den USA soll eine breite Unterstützung der Zivilgesellschaft dafür sorgen ...

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Uh-Oh, Mozilla Is Open-Sourcing Its New Logo Design - Co.Design (blog)

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Uh-Oh, Mozilla Is Open-Sourcing Its New Logo Design
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Fewer people have heard of Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind Firefox, and even fewer could tell you what makes Mozilla different from other software companies. It's a problem that Mozilla's creative director Tim Murray chalks up to a simple ...

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Mozilla Firefox se prilagaja okolju, v katerem smo - Računalniške Novice

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Mozilla Firefox se prilagaja okolju, v katerem smo
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Končno ena dobra novica za vse uporabnike svetovnega spleta, ki doma in na delu prisegate na še vedno izjemen spletni brskalnik Firefox organizacije Mozilla. Programerji namreč preučujejo možnost, da bi uporabnikom ponudili v uporabo nadvse zanimivo ...

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Eindelijk met meerdere identiteiten tegelijk het web op - Webwereld

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Eindelijk met meerdere identiteiten tegelijk het web op
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0. 2 Reacties Bewaren. Firefox. Eindelijk met meerdere identiteiten tegelijk het web op. Mozilla maakt het mogelijk. Mozilla Firefox krijgt er een nieuwe functie bij, eentje waarmee je (EINDELIJK) met meerder online identiteiten tegelijk kan ...
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Mozilla Tests Firefox Containers For Separate Online Identities - Tech Times

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Mozilla Tests Firefox Containers For Separate Online Identities
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Mozilla added an awesome new feature in its latest Firefox Nightly build. Called Firefox Containers, this feature finally allows users to segregate site data for "Contextual Identities," keeping multiple online personas separate. This image shows two ...
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Mozilla ahora permite abrir varias cuentas en una misma ventana - ENTER.CO

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Mozilla ahora permite abrir varias cuentas en una misma ventana
ENTER.CO
Ayer jueves Mozilla Firefox lanzó una nueva función experimental que ayuda a abrir sesiones en varios correos o cuentas de redes sociales en distintas pestañas, sin necesidad de abrir ventanas de diferentes navegadores o salirte de una cuenta para ...
Nueva característica en Firefox permite conectarse a servicios con múltiples ...Geek's Room (blog)

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Mozilla: Firefox experimentiert mit mehreren Identitäten - Golem.de

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Mozilla: Firefox experimentiert mit mehreren Identitäten
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In Nightly-Versionen des Firefox-Browsers können Nutzer nun mit kontextabhängigen multiplen Identitäten experimentieren. Der Browser trennt dafür zum Beispiel Cookies und Cache, so dass eine Webseite gleichzeitig mit zwei verschiedenen Accounts ...
Firefox-Testversion ermöglicht doppeltes Log-in auf einer SiteZDNet.de

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Giorgos Logiotatidis: Build and Test against Docker Images in Travis

Mozilla planet - fr, 17/06/2016 - 13:40

The road towards the absolute CI/CD pipeline goes through building Docker images and deploying them to production. The code included in the images gets unit tested, both locally during development and after merging in master branch using Travis.

But Travis builds its own environment to run the tests on which could be different from the environment of the docker image. For example Travis may be running tests in a Debian based VM with libjpeg version X and our to-be-deployed docker image runs code on-top of Alpine with libjpeg version Y.

To ensure that the image to be deployed to production is OK, we need to run the tests inside that Docker image. That still possible with Travis with only a few changes to .travis.yml:

Sudo is required sudo: required

Start by requesting to run tests in a VM instead of in a container.

Request Docker service: services: - docker

The VM must run the Docker daemon.

Add TRAVIS_COMMIT to Dockerfile (Optional) before_install: - docker --version - echo "ENV GIT_SHA ${TRAVIS_COMMIT}" >> Dockerfile

It's very useful to export the git SHA of HEAD as a Docker environment variable. This way you can always identify the code included, even if you have .git directory in .dockerignore to reduce size of the image.

The resulting docker image gets also tagged with the same SHA for easier identification.

Build the image install: - docker pull ${DOCKER_REPOSITORY}:last_successful_build || true - docker pull ${DOCKER_REPOSITORY}:${TRAVIS_COMMIT} || true - docker build -t ${DOCKER_REPOSITORY}:${TRAVIS_COMMIT} --pull=true .

Instead of pip installing packages, override the install step to build the Docker image.

Start by pulling previously built images from the Docker Hub. Remember that Travis will run each job in a isolate VMs therefore there is no Docker cache. By pulling previously built images cache gets seeded.

Travis' built-in cache functionality can also be used, but I find it more convenient to push to the Hub. Production will later pull from there and if debug is needed I can pull the same image locally too.

Each docker pull is followed by a || true which translates to "If the Docker Hub doesn't have this repository or tag it's OK, don't stop the build".

Finally trigger a docker build. Flag --pull=true will force downloading the latest versions of the base images, the ones from the FROM instructions. For example if an image is based on Debian this flag will force Docker to download the latest version of Debian image. The Docker cache has been already populated so this is not superfluous. If skipped the new build could use an outdated base image which could have security vulnerabilities.

Run the tests script: - docker run -d --name mariadb -e MYSQL_ALLOW_EMPTY_PASSWORD=yes -e MYSQL_DATABASE=foo mariadb:10.0 - docker run ${DOCKER_REPOSITORY}:${TRAVIS_COMMIT} flake8 foo - docker run --link mariadb:db -e CHECK_PORT=3306 -e CHECK_HOST=db giorgos/takis - docker run --env-file .env --link mariadb:db ${DOCKER_REPOSITORY}:${TRAVIS_COMMIT} coverage run ./manage.py test

First start mariadb which is needed for the Django tests to run. Fork to the background with -d flag. The --name flag makes linking with other containers easier.

Then run flake8 linter. This is run after mariadb - although it doesn't depend on it - to allow some time for the database to download and initialize before it gets hit with tests.

Travis needs about 12 seconds to get MariaDB ready which is usually more than the time the linter runs. To wait for the database to become ready before running the tests, run Takis. Takis waits for the container named mariadb to open port 3306. I blogged in detail about Takis before.

Finally run the tests making sure that the database is linked using --link and that environment variables needed for the application to initialize are set using --env-file.

Upload built images to the Hub deploy: - provider: script script: bin/dockerhub.sh on: branch: master repo: foo/bar

And dockerhub.sh

docker login -e "$DOCKER_EMAIL" -u "$DOCKER_USERNAME" -p "$DOCKER_PASSWORD" docker push ${DOCKER_REPOSITORY}:${TRAVIS_COMMIT} docker tag -f ${DOCKER_REPOSITORY}:${TRAVIS_COMMIT} ${DOCKER_REPOSITORY}:last_successful_build docker push ${DOCKER_REPOSITORY}:last_successful_build

The deploy step is used to run a script to tag images, login to Docker Hub and finally push those tags. This step is run only on branch: master and not on pull requests.

Pull requests will not be able to push to Docker Hub anyway because Travis does not include encrypted environment variables to pull requests and therefore, there will be no $DOCKER_PASSWORD. In the end of the day this is not a problem because you don't want pull requests with arbitrary code to end up in your Docker image repository.

Set the environment variables

Set the environment variables needed to build, test and deploy in env section:

env: global: # Docker - DOCKER_REPOSITORY=example/foo - DOCKER_EMAIL="foo@example.com" - DOCKER_USERNAME="example" # Django - DEBUG=False - DISABLE_SSL=True - ALLOWED_HOSTS=* - SECRET_KEY=foo - DATABASE_URL=mysql://root@db/foo - SITE_URL=http://localhost:8000 - CACHE_URL=dummy://

and save them to .env file for the docker daemon to access with --env-file

before_script: - env > .env

Variables with private data like DOCKER_PASSWORD can be added through Travis' web interface.

That's all!

Pull requests and merges to master are both tested against Docker images and successful builds of master are pushed to the Hub and can be directly used to production.

You can find a real life example of .travis.yml in the Snippets project.

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Mozilla tests Firefox Containers: Now you can isolate shopping, work, personal ... - ZDNet

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Mozilla tests Firefox Containers: Now you can isolate shopping, work, personal ...
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The experimental Containers Firefox feature lets you, for example, simultaneously log in to Personal Twitter and Work Twitter accounts. Image: Mozilla Firefox. Mozilla is experimenting with a new feature in Firefox that lets users log in to the same ...

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Mozilla Addons Blog: Multi-process Firefox and AMO

Mozilla planet - fr, 17/06/2016 - 11:28

In Firefox 48, which reaches the release channel on August 1, 2016, multi-process support (code name “Electrolysis”, or “e10s”) will begin rolling out to Firefox users without any add-ons installed.

In preparation for the wider roll-out to users with add-ons installed, we have implemented compatibility checks on all add-ons uploaded to addons.mozilla.org (AMO).

There are currently three possible states:

  1. The add-on is a WebExtension and hence compatible.
  2. The add-on has marked itself in the install.rdf as multi-process compatible.
  3. The add-on has not marked itself compatible, so the state is currently unknown.

If a new add-on or a new version of an old add-on is not multi-process compatible, a warning will be shown in the validation step. Here is an example:

image01

In future releases, this warning might become more severe as the feature nears full deployment.

For add-ons that fall into the third category, we might implement a more detailed check in a future release, to provide developers with more insight into the “unknown” state.

After an add-on is uploaded, the state is shown in the Developer Hub. Here is an example:

image00

Once you verify that your add-on is compatible, be sure to mark it as such and upload a new version to AMO. There is documentation on MDN on how to test and mark your add-on.

If your add-on is not compatible, please head to our resource center where you will find information on how to update it and where to get help. We’re here to support you!

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Mozilla Funds Open Source Code Audits - iProgrammer

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Mozilla Funds Open Source Code Audits
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As part of the Mozilla Open Source Support program (MOSS), the Mozilla Foundation has set up a fund dedicated to helping open source software projects eradicate code vulnerabilities. The newly launched Secure Open Source (SOS) Fund has been ...

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Firefox: Mozilla experimentiert mit multiplen Identitäten - Futurezone

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Firefox: Mozilla experimentiert mit multiplen Identitäten
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Dazu stellt Mozilla standardmäßig vier „Identitäten“ bereit: Privat, Arbeit, Banking und Shopping. Jede dieser Identitäten verfügt auch über eine eigene Ablage für Cookies oder Caches. Wer etwa beruflich auf Amazon nach Produkten sucht und dafür das ...

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John O'Duinn: RelEng Conf 2016: Call for papers

Mozilla planet - fr, 17/06/2016 - 04:27

(Suddenly, its June! How did that happen? Where did the year go already?!? Despite my recent public silence, there’s been a lot of work going on behind the scenes. Let me catchup on some overdue blogposts – starting with RelEngConf 2016!)

We’ve got a venue and a date for this conference sorted out, so now its time to start gathering presentations, speakers and figuring out all the other “little details” that go into making a great, memorable, conference. This means two things:

1) RelEngCon 2016 is now accepting proposals for talks/sessions. If you have a good industry-related or academic-focused topic in the area of Release Engineering, please have a look at the Release Engineering conference guidelines, and submit your proposal before the deadline of 01-jul-2016.

2) Like all previous RelEng Conferences, the mixture of attendees and speakers, from academia and battle-hardened industry, makes for some riveting topics and side discussions. Come talk with others of your tribe, swap tips-and-gotchas with others who do understand what you are talking about and enjoy brainstorming with people with very different perspectives.

For further details about the conference, or submitting proposals, see http://releng.polymtl.ca/RELENG2015/html/index.html. If you build software delivery pipelines for your company, or if you work in a software company that has software delivery needs, I recommend you follow @relengcon, block off November 18th, 2016 on your calendar and book your travel to Seattle now. It will be well worth your time.

I’ll be there – and look forward to seeing you there!
John.

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Michael Comella: Enhancing Articles Through Hyperlinks

Mozilla planet - fr, 17/06/2016 - 02:00

When reading an article, I often run into a problem: there are links I want to open but now is not a good time to open them. Why is now not a good time?

  • If I open them and read them now, I’ll lose the context of the article I’m currently reading.
  • If I open them in the background now and come back to them later, I won’t remember the context that this page was opened from and may not remember why it was relevant to the original article.

I prototyped a solution – at the end of an article, I attach all of the links in the article to the end of the article with some additional context. For example, from my Android thread annotations post:

links with context at the end of an article

To remember why I wanted to open the link, I provide the sentence the link appeared in.

To see if the page is worth reading, I access the page the link points to and include some of its data: the title, the host name, and a snippet.

There is more information we can add here as well, e.g. a “trending” rating (a fake implementation is pictured), a favicon, or a descriptive photo.

And vice versa

You can also provide the original article’s context on a new page after you click a link:

context from where this page was opened

This context can be added for more than just articles.

Shout-out to Chenxia & Stefan for independently discovering this idea and a context graph brainstorming group for further fleshing this out.

Note: this is just a mock-up – I don’t have a prototype for this.

Themes

The web is a graph. In a graph, we can access new nodes, and their content, by traversing backwards or forwards. Can we take advantage of this relationship?

Alan Kay once said, people largely use computers “as a convenient way of getting at old media…” This is prevalent on the web today – many web pages fill fullscreen browser windows that allow you to read the news, create a calendar, or take notes, much like we can with paper media. How can we better take advantage of the dynamic nature of computers? Of the web?

Can we mix and match live content from different pages? Can we find clever ways to traverse & access the web graph?

This blog & prototype provide two simple examples of traversing the graph and being (ever so slightly) more dynamic: 1) showing the context of where the user is going to go and 2) showing the context of where they came from. Wikipedia (with a certain login-needed feature enabled) has another interesting example when mousing over a link:

wikipedia link mouse-over shows next page pop-up

They provide a summary and an image of the page the hyperlink will open. Can we use this technique, and others, to provide more context for hyperlinks on every page on the web?

To summarize, perhaps we can solve user problems by considering:

  • The web as a graph – accessing content backwards & forwards from the current page
  • Computers & the web as a truly dynamic medium, with different capabilities than their print predecessors

For the source and a chance to run it for yourself, check out the repository on github.

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Experimental Firefox feature lets you use multiple identities while surfing the web - TechCrunch

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Experimental Firefox feature lets you use multiple identities while surfing the web
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Mozilla's Firefox browser is getting a new experimental feature today that aims to help you segregate your online identities and allow you to sign in into multiple mail or social media accounts side-by-side without having to use multiple browsers. This ...

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Mozilla Reps Community: RepsNext – Introduction Video

Mozilla planet - to, 16/06/2016 - 17:26

At the 2015 Reps Leadership Meeting in Paris it became clear that the program was ready for “a version 2”. As the Reps Council had recently become a formal part of Mozilla Leadership, it was time to bring the program to the next level. Literally building on that idea, the RepsNext initiative was born.

Since then several working groups were formed to condense reflections on the past and visions for the future into new program proposals.

At our last Council meetup from 14-17 April 2016 in Berlin we recorded interviews with Council and Peers explaining RepsNext and summarizing our current status.

You can find a full transcript at the end of this blog post. Thanks to Yofie for editing the video!

Please share this video broadly, creating awareness for the exciting future of the Reps program.

 

Getting involved

We will focus our work at the London All Hands from June 12th to June 17th to work on open questions around the working groups. We will share our outcomes and open up for discussions after that. For now, there are several discussions to jump in and shape the future of the Reps program:

Additionally, you can help out and track our Council efforts on the Reps GitHub repository.

 

Moving beyond RepsNext

It took us a little more than a year to come up with this “new release” of the Reps program. For the future we plan to take smaller steps improving the program beyond RepsNext. So expect experiments and tweaks arriving in smaller bits and with a higher clockspeed (think Firefox Rapid Release Model).

 

Video transcript

Question: What is RepsNext?

[Arturo] I think we have reached a point of maturity in the program that we need to reinvent ourselves to be adaptors of Mozilla’s will and to the modern times.

Question: How will the Reps program change?

[Pierros] What we’re really interested in and picking up as a highlight are the changes on the governance level. There are a couple of things that are coming. The Council has done really fanstastic work on bringing up and framing really interesting conversations around what RepsNext is, and PeersNext as a subset of that, and how do we change and adapt the leadership structure of Mozilla Reps to be more representative of the program that we would like to see.

[Brian] The program will still remain a grassroots program, run by volunteers for volunteers.

[Henrik] We’ve been working heavily on it in various working groups over the last year, developed a very clear understanding of the areas that need work and actually got a lot of stuff done.

[Konstantina] I think that the program has a great future ahead of it. We’re moving to a leadership body where our role is gonna be to empower the rest of the volunteer community and we’re gonna try to minimize the bureacracy that we already have. So the Reps are gonna have the same resources that they had but they are gonna have tracks where they can evolve their leadership skills and with that empower the volunteer communities. Reps is gonna be the leadership body for the volunteer community and I think that’s great. We’re not only about events but we’re something more and we’re something the rest of Mozilla is gonna rely on when we’re talking about volunteers.

Question: What’s important about this change?

[Michael] We will have the Participation team’s support to have meetings together, to figure out the strategy together.

[Konstantina] We are bringing the tracks where we specialize the Reps based on their interest.

Question: Why do we need changes?

[Christos] There is the need of that. There is the need to reconsider the mentoring process, reconsidering budgets, interest groups inside of Reps. There is a need to evolve Reps and be more impactful in our regions.

Question: Is this important for Mozilla?

[Arturo] We’re going to have mentors and Reps specialized in their different contribution areas.

Question: How is RepsNext helping local communities?

[Guillermo] Our idea, what we’re planning with the changes on RepsNext is to bring more people to the program. More people is more diversity, so we’re trying to find new people, more people with new interests.

Question: What excites you about RepsNext?

[Faisal] We have resources for different types of community, for example if somebody needs hardware or somebody training material, a variety of things not just what we used to have. So it will open up more ways on how we can support Reps for more impactful events and making events more productive.

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QMO: Firefox 48 Beta 3 Testday, June 24th

Mozilla planet - to, 16/06/2016 - 14:03

Hello Mozillians,

We are happy to announce that next Friday, June 24th, we are organizing Firefox 48 Beta 3 Testday. We’ll be focusing our testing on the New Awesomebar feature, bug verifications and bug triage. Check out the detailed instructions via this etherpad.

No previous testing experience is required, so feel free to join us on #qa IRC channel where our moderators will offer you guidance and answer your questions.

Join us and help us make Firefox better! See you on Friday!

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Tanvi Vyas: Contextual Identities on the Web

Mozilla planet - to, 16/06/2016 - 12:39

The Containers Feature in Firefox Nightly enables users to login to multiple accounts on the same site simultaneously and gives users the ability to segregate site data for improved privacy and security.

We all portray different characteristics of ourselves in different situations. The way I speak with my son is much different than the way I communicate with my coworkers. The things I tell my friends are different than what I tell my parents. I’m much more guarded when withdrawing money from the bank than I am when shopping at the grocery store. I have the ability to use multiple identities in multiple contexts. But when I use the web, I can’t do that very well. There is no easy way to segregate my identities such that my browsing behavior while shopping for toddler clothes doesn’t cross over to my browsing behavior while working. The Containers feature I’m about to describe attempts to solve this problem: empowering Firefox to help segregate my online identities in the same way I can segregate my real life identities.

With Containers, users can open tabs in multiple different contexts – Personal, Work, Banking, and Shopping.  Each context has a fully segregated cookie jar, meaning that the cookies, indexeddb, localStorage, and cache that sites have access to in the Work Container are completely different than they are in the Personal Container. That means that the user can login to their work twitter account on twitter.com in their Work Container and also login to their personal twitter on twitter.com in their Personal Container. The user can use both mail accounts in side-by-side tabs simultaneously. The user won’t need to use multiple browsers, an account switcher[1], or constantly log in and out to switch between accounts on the same domain.

User logged into work twitter account in Work Container and personal twitter account in Personal Container, simulatenously in side-by-side tabs

Simultaneously logged into Personal Twitter and Work Twitter accounts.

Note that the inability to efficiently use “Contextual Identities” on the web has been discussed for many years[2]. The hard part about this problem is figuring out the right User Experience and answering questions like:

  • How will users know what context they are operating in?
  • What if the user makes a mistake and uses the wrong context; can the user recover?
  • Can the browser assist by automatically assigning websites to Containers so that users don’t have to manage their identities by themselves?
  • What heuristics would the browser use for such assignments?

We don’t have the answers to all of these questions yet, but hope to start uncovering some of them with user research and feedback. The Containers implementation in Nightly Firefox is a basic implementation that allows the user to manage identities with a minimal user interface.

We hope to gather feedback on this basic experience to see how we can iterate on the design to make it more convenient, elegant, and usable for our users. Try it out and share your feedback by filling out this quick form or writing to containers@mozilla.com.

FAQ How do I use Containers?

You can start using Containers in Nightly Firefox 50 by opening a New Container Tab. Go the File Menu and select the “New Container Tab” option. (Note that on Windows you need to hit the alt key to access the File Menu.) Choose between Personal, Work, Shopping, and Banking.

Use the File Menu to access New Container Tab, then choose between Personal, Work, Banking, and Shopping.

Notice that the tab is decorated to help you remember which context you are browsing in. The right side of the url bar specifies the name of the Container you are in along with an icon. The very top of the tab has a slight border that uses the same color as the icon and Container name. The border lets you know what container a tab is open in, even when it is not the active tab.

User interface for the 4 different types of Container tabs

You can open multiple tabs in a specific container at the same time. You can also open multiple tabs in different containers at the same time:

User Interface when multiple container tabs are open side-by-side

2 Work Containers tabs, 2 Shopping Container tabs, 1 Banking Container tab

Your regular browsing context (your “default container”) will not have any tab decoration and will be in a normal tab. See the next section to learn more about the “default container”

Containers are also accessible via the hamburger menu. Customize your hamburger menu by adding in the File Cabinet icon. From there you can select a container tab to open. We are working on adding more access points for container tabs; particularly on long-press of the plus button.

User Interface for Containers Option in Hamburger Menu

How does this change affect normal tabs and the site data already stored in my browser?

The containers feature doesn’t change the normal browsing experience you get when using New Tab or New Window. The normal tab will continue to access the site data the browser has already stored in the past. The normal tab’s user interface will not change. When browsing in the normal context, any site data read or written will be put in what we call the “default container”.

If you use the containers feature, the different container tabs will not have access to site data in the default container. And when using a normal tab, the tab won’t have access to site data that was stored for a different container tab. You can use normal tabs along side other containers:

User Interface when 2 normal tabs are open, next to 2 Work Container tabs and 1 Banking Container tab

2 normal tabs (“Default Container tabs”), 2 Work Container tabs, 1 Banking Container tab

What browser data is segregated by containers?

In principle, any data that a site has read or write access to should be segregated.

Assume a user logins into example.com in their Personal Container, and then loads example.com in their Work Container. Since these loads are in different containers, there should be no way for the example.com server to tie these two loads together. Hence, each container has its own separate cookies, indexedDB, localStorage, and cache.

Assume the user then opens a Shopping Container and opens the History menu option to look for a recently visited site. example.com will still appear in the user’s history, even though they did not visit example.com in the Shopping Container. This is because the site doesn’t have access to the user’s locally stored History. We only segregate data that a site has access to, not data that the user has access to. The Containers feature was designed for a single user who has the need to portray themselves to the web in different ways depending on the context in which they are operating.

By separating the data that a site has access to, rather than the data that a user has access to, Containers is able to offer a better experience than some of the alternatives users may be currently using to manage their identities.

Is this feature going to be in Firefox Release?

This is an experimental feature in Nightly only. We would like to collect feedback and iterate on the design before the containers concept goes beyond Nightly. Moreover, we would like to get this in the hands of Nightly users so they can help validate the OriginAttribute architecture we have implemented for this feature and other features. We have also planned a Test Pilot study for the Fall.

To be clear, this means that when Nightly 50 moves to Aurora/DevEdition 50, containers will not be enabled.

How do users manage different identities on the web today?

What do users do if they have two twitter accounts and want to login to them at the same time? Currently, users may login to one twitter account using their main browser, and another using a secondary browser. This is not ideal, since then the user is running two browsers in order to accomplish their tasks.

Alternatively, users may open a Private Browsing Window to login to the second twitter account. The problem with this is that all data associated with Private Browsing Windows is deleted when they are closed. The next time the user wants to use their secondary twitter account, they have to login again. Moreover, if the account requires two factor authentication, the user will always be asked for the second factor token, since the browser shouldn’t remember that they had logged in before when using Private Browsing.

Users may also use a second browser if they are worried about tracking. They may use a secondary browser for Shopping, so that the trackers that are set while Shopping can’t be associated with the tasks on their primary browser.

Can I disable containers on Nightly?

Yes, by following these steps:

  1. Open a new window or tab in Firefox.
  2. Type about:config and press enter.
  3. You will get to a page that asks you to promise to be careful. Promise you will be.
  4. Set the privacy.userContext.enabled preference to false.
Can I enable containers on a version of Firefox that is not Nightly?

Although the privacy.userContext.enabled preference described above may be present in other versions of Firefox, the feature may be incomplete, outdated, or buggy. We currently only recommend enabling the feature in Nightly, where you’ll have access to the newest and most complete version.

How is Firefox able to Compartmentalize Containers?

An origin is defined as a combination of a scheme, host, and port. Browsers make numerous security decisions based on the origin of a resource using the same-origin-policy. Various features require additional keys to be added to the origin combination. Examples include the Tor Browser’s work on First Party Isolation, Private Browsing Mode, the SubOrigin Proposal, and Containers.

Hence, Gecko has added additional attributes to the origin called OriginAttributes. When trying to determine if two origins are same-origin, Gecko will not only check if they have matching schemes, hosts, and ports, but now also check if all their OriginAttributes match.

Containers adds an OriginAttribute called userContextId. Each container has a unique userContextId. Stored site data (i.e. cookies) is now stored with a scheme, host, port, and userContextId. If a user has https://example.com cookies with the userContextId for the Shopping Container, those cookies will not be accessible by https://example.com in the Banking Container.

Note that one of the motivations in enabling this feature in Nightly is to help ensure that we iron out any bugs that may exist in our OriginAttribute implementation before features that depend on it are rolled out to users.

How does Containers improve user privacy and security?

The Containers feature offers users some control over the techniques websites can use to track them. Tracking cookies set while shopping in the Shopping Container won’t be accessible to sites in the Personal Container. So although a tracker can easily track a user within their Shopping Container, they would have to use device fingerprinting techniques to link that tracking information with tracking information from the user’s Personal Container.

Containers also offers the user a way to compartmentalize sensitive information. For example, users could be careful to only use their Banking Container to log into banking sites, protecting themselves from potential XSS and CSRF attacks on these sites. Assume a user visits attacker.com in an non-banking-container. The malicious site may try to use a vulnerability in a banking site to obtain the user’s financial data, but wouldn’t be able to since the user’s bank’s authentication cookies are shielded off in a separate container that the malicious site can’t touch.

Is there any chance that a tracker will be able to track me across containers?

There are some caveats to data separation with Containers.

The first is that all requests by your browser still have the same IP address, user agent, OS, etc. Hence, fingerprinting is still a concern. Containers are meant to help you separate your identities and reduce naive tracking by things like cookies. But more sophisticated trackers can still use your fingerprint to identify your device. The Containers feature is not meant to replace the Tor Browser, which tries to minimize your fingerprint as much as possible, sometimes at the expense of site functionality. With Containers, we attempt to improve privacy while still minimizing breakage.

There are also some bugs still open related to OriginAttribute separation. Namely, the following areas are not fully separated in Containers yet:

  • Some favicon requests use the default container cookies even when you are in a different container – Bug 1277803
  • The about:newtab page makes network requests to recently visited sites using the default container’s cookies even when you are in a different container – Bug 1279568
  • Awesome Bar search requests use the default container cookies even when you are in a different container – Bug 1244340
  • The Forget About Site button doesn’t forget about site data from Container tabs – Bug 1238183
  • The image cache is shared across all containers – Bug 1270680

We are working on fixing these last remaining bugs and hope to do so during this Nightly 50 cycle.

How can I provide feedback?

I encourage you to try out the feature and provide your feedback via:

Thank you

Thanks to everyone who has worked to make this feature a reality! Special call outs to the containers team:

Andrea Marchesini
Kamil Jozwiak
David Huseby
Bram Pitoyo
Yoshi Huang
Tim Huang
Jonathan Hao
Jonathan Kingston
Steven Englehardt
Ethan Tseng
Paul Theriault

Footnotes

[1] Some websites provide account switchers in their products. For websites that don’t support switching, users may install addons to help them switch between accounts.
[2] http://www.ieee-security.org/TC/W2SP/2013/papers/s1p2.pdf, https://blog.mozilla.org/ladamski/2010/07/contextual-identity/
[3] Containers Slide Deck

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David Burns: The final major player is set to ship WebDriver

Mozilla planet - to, 16/06/2016 - 11:28

It was nearly a year ago that Microsoft shipped their first implementation of WebDriver. I remember being so excited as I wrote a blog post about it.

This week, Apple have said that they are going to be shipping a version of WebDriver that will allow people to drive Safari 10 in macOS. In the release notes they have created safari driver that will be shipping with the OS.

In addition to new Web Inspector features in Safari 10, we are also bringing native WebDriver support to macOS. https://t.co/PfwmkRIBIV

— WebKit (@webkit) June 15, 2016

If you have ever wondered why this is important? Have a read of my last blog post. In Firefox 47 Selenium caused Firefox to crash on startup. The Mozilla implementation of WebDriver, called Marionette and GeckoDriver, would never have hit this problem because test failures and crashes like this would lead to patches being reverted and never shipped to end users.

Many congratulations to the Apple team for making this happen!

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Mozilla erweitert Vorstand - Linux-Magazin Online

Nieuws verzameld via Google - to, 16/06/2016 - 11:22

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Mozilla erweitert Vorstand
Linux-Magazin Online
Die Vorsitzende Mitchell Baker geht in einem Blogpost auf die Anforderungen ein, die Mozilla an ein Vorstandsmitglied stellt. Diese Anfroderungen würden sich deutlich von den üblicherweise an Vorstände gestellten unterscheiden, so Baker. Bei Mozilla ...

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