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Mozilla Thunderbird: New Thunderbird Releases and New Thunderbird Staff

Mozilla planet - ti, 19/12/2017 - 18:14
Thunderbird is going strong at version 52 (ESR) and 57, 58 beta

In April 2017 Thunderbird released its successful Extended Service Release (ESR) version 52. This release has just seen it’s fifth “dot update” 52.5.0, where fixes, stability and minor functionality improvements were shipped.

Thunder 57 “Photon” Visual Refresh

Thunder 57 “Photon” Visual Refresh

Thunderbird 57 beta was also very successful. While Thunderbird 58 is equally stable and offers further cutting-edge improvements to Thunderbird users, the user community is starting to feel the impact of Mozilla platform changes which are phasing out so-called legacy add-ons. The Thunderbird technical leadership is working closely with add-on authors who face the challenge of updating their add-ons to work with the Mozilla interface changes. With a few usually simple changes most add-ons can be made to work in Thunderbird 58 beta. explains what needs to be done, and Thunderbird developers are happy to lend a hand to add-on authors. 

There has been some discussion about the modernisation of Thunderbird’s user interface. Thunderbird 57 is now following Mozilla’s Photon design, and there is also a new theme available based on the design by the Monterail team.

You can download the current Thunderbird beta here.

New Staff at Thunderbird

Since November 2016 the Thunderbird project has contracted the services of long-time Thunderbird volunteer contributor Jörg Knobloch. Since Jörg moved from being a volunteer to being a contractor, his focus has changed from chasing his favourite pet-hate bugs to taking on responsibility for the product. As the continuous integration engineer, he guarantees that Thunderbird Daily is always in sync with Mozilla core changes to keep Daily in a working order. Jörg manages all code for releases (beta and ESR) and monitors regressions as reported at BMO. As a Thunderbird and Mailnews peer he reviews the work of others and is part of the Engineering Steering Committee which is in charge of the code base.

In March 2017 Andrei Hajdukewycz joined the project. Andrei is the project’s infrastructure engineer. He’s been working on transitioning the project from using Mozilla infrastructure to procuring its own. He administers all the websites used by the project. There are many:*), the ISPDB, websites for telemetry, updates and release notes. And last not least: Add-ons. Soon Thunderbird add-ons will transition to Thunderbird’s own add-ons site. Watch this space!

In June 2017 Tom Prince joined the project as a build and release engineer. He makes sure that we can always build Daily, beta and ESR in en-US English and all localisations. He also helps out when diagnosing test and other miscellaneous failures. Most recently Tom has been migrating the Thunderbird build system from Buildbot to TaskCluster to future-proof this aspect of the project.

The project’s last hire in December 2017 has been Ryan Sipes (the guy posting this) as Community Manager. His task is to organise the community of voluntary contributors including add-on authors, spread the good news about Thunderbird, engage with donors to guarantee a solid income stream and be in touch with Thunderbird users.

These four staff members are just the beginning. The project is currently in the process of hiring developers to address some technical debt, fix some sore points in the software and transition the codebase from a mix of C++, JavaScript, XUL and XPCOM to be increasingly based on web technologies.

The Thunderbird project has taken control of the domain, of which the project will make increasing use. The domain is being updated to be more helpful to users and eventually become Thunderbird’s home on the web. The in-product Thunderbird start page has already been served via this domain for several months. And, the members of the Thunderbird Council have received email accounts @, powered by FastMail, a gift that we are very grateful for.

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Air Mozilla: Martes Mozilleros, 19 Dec 2017

Mozilla planet - ti, 19/12/2017 - 15:00

Martes Mozilleros Reunión bi-semanal para hablar sobre el estado de Mozilla, la comunidad y sus proyectos. Bi-weekly meeting to talk (in Spanish) about Mozilla status, community and...

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Air Mozilla: Martes Mozilleros, 19 Dec 2017

Mozilla planet - ti, 19/12/2017 - 15:00

Martes Mozilleros Reunión bi-semanal para hablar sobre el estado de Mozilla, la comunidad y sus proyectos. Bi-weekly meeting to talk (in Spanish) about Mozilla status, community and...

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This Week In Rust: This Week in Rust 213

Mozilla planet - ti, 19/12/2017 - 06:00

Hello and welcome to another issue of This Week in Rust! Rust is a systems language pursuing the trifecta: safety, concurrency, and speed. This is a weekly summary of its progress and community. Want something mentioned? Tweet us at @ThisWeekInRust or send us a pull request. Want to get involved? We love contributions.

This Week in Rust is openly developed on GitHub. If you find any errors in this week's issue, please submit a PR.

Updates from Rust Community News & Blog Posts Crate of the Week

This week's crate is cargo-audit, a cargo subcommand to look through a crates dependencies for known insecure versions. Thanks to Danilo for the suggestion!

Submit your suggestions and votes for next week!

Call for Participation

Always wanted to contribute to open-source projects but didn't know where to start? Every week we highlight some tasks from the Rust community for you to pick and get started!

Some of these tasks may also have mentors available, visit the task page for more information.

If you are a Rust project owner and are looking for contributors, please submit tasks here.

Updates from Rust Core

82 pull requests were merged in the last week

New Contributors
  • David Teller
  • Felix Schütt
  • Nika Layzell
  • qres
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Approved RFCs

Changes to Rust follow the Rust RFC (request for comments) process. These are the RFCs that were approved for implementation this week:

No RFCs were approved this week.

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Every week the team announces the 'final comment period' for RFCs and key PRs which are reaching a decision. Express your opinions now. This week's FCPs are:

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This Week in Rust is edited by: nasa42 and llogiq.

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Air Mozilla: WebVR Meetup

Mozilla planet - ti, 19/12/2017 - 03:00

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Air Mozilla: WebVR Meetup

Mozilla planet - ti, 19/12/2017 - 03:00

WebVR Meetup WebVR Meetup

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The Firefox Frontier: Update: Looking Glass Add-on

Mozilla planet - ti, 19/12/2017 - 00:11

We didn’t think hard enough about how our actions would affect the community, and we’re sorry for letting you down. How we got here Over the course of the year … Read more

The post Update: Looking Glass Add-on appeared first on The Firefox Frontier.

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Kim Moir: Ship Happens: A better Firefox build & release pipeline

Mozilla planet - mo, 18/12/2017 - 21:02

I gave a talk last week at the Mozilla All Hands in Austin about how we recently transformed our build and release pipeline to be more resilient and self-service oriented for developers. It’s a bit Mozilla specific, but I posted the slides online for those who are interested. Big kudos to the Mozilla release engineering team for all their work to make this transformation happen. Also, thanks to them for feedback on the slides!

Ship happens: A better firefox build and release pipeline from Kim Moir

If you click on this link, and then click the “Notes” link in slideshare, you can see the associated speaker notes for the talk which makes it more useful than the slides alone.

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Andreas Tolfsen: Update from WebDriver meeting at TPAC

Mozilla planet - mo, 18/12/2017 - 15:03

The WebDriver working group meeting at TPAC this year marked the culmination of six years of hard work defining WebDriver as a standard. Up to this point, the work has largely been about specifying the behaviour of existing implementations: we have tightened up semantics where drivers have behaved differently, corrected inconsistencies inherited from the Selenium wire protocol, and written a test suite.

We are quickly reaching a point where we can deliver a consistent cross-browser mechanism for instrumenting and automating web browsers. Vendors are already reaping the benefits of this by employing WebDriver in the testing of standards, and web authors will soon see a range of new features be added.

New windows

One long-awaited feature is for WebDriver to be able to open new windows and tabs. Today people use many different techniques, such as injecting a…) script to work around this deficiency. Doing that is problematic because new windows will be children of the current window, potentially opening them up to leeching.

Some users are exploiting the fact that certain drivers let you perform key combinations that affect the OS or the browser. For example, a ^T or ⌘T combination will normally open a new tab in desktop browsers, but WebDriver is constricted to web content and is not meant to let you interact with the surrounding system.

There is currently no platform API that lets you open a new untainted top-level browsing context and it will complement the other window manipulation commands well.


In the Selenium project many drivers implemented a rudimentary logging API that made it possible get different logs such as console- and performance, the driver logs, and Selenium Grid logs. We talked about logging several years ago but decided to put it on hold in order to narrow the scope of the first draft and focus on getting the fundamentals right.

Simon came up with a new strawman proposal that lets you request log services from arbitrary remote ends between you and the final endpoint node. What sets the new API apart from the existing Selenium logging API, is that it distinguishes logs from individual classes of nodes. Your favourite WebDriver-in-the-cloud provider might provide a service for taking screenshots for every failing test, and with this new API it will be possible to request those in a uniform way.


As WebDriver is a specification text other standards now have the ability to leverage its definitions to meet their own demands. We are seeing an example of this with the Permissions API that is extending WebDriver to instrument getUserMedia(). The ability to write automated tests for permissions allows shared test suites like Web Platform Tests to promote consistency amongst browsers, but for example also means web authors will get the opportunity to test geolocation for maps and other types of media.


Can you imagine driving a WebVR headset using WebDriver? Well, the WebVR working group can. It will be an unconventional use of WebDriver, but it turns out that WebDriver’s API lends itself well to the kind of spatial navigation that is needed to control headsets.

To go into virtual reality mode in your browser you first need permission from the user, and it’s therefore exciting to see that we are starting to build an ecosystem of tools for browser instrumentation with the addition of the Permissions API.

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Mozilla installeerde stiekem Mr. Robot-plug-in in browser Firefox - Numrush

Nieuws verzameld via Google - mo, 18/12/2017 - 10:34


Mozilla installeerde stiekem Mr. Robot-plug-in in browser Firefox
Mozilla, de ontwikkelaar van internetbrowser Firefox, heeft stiekem een plug-in geïnstalleerd ter promotie van de tv-serie Mr. Robot. Veel gebruikers voelen zich in hun vertrouwen geschaad, aangezien de plug-in zonder toestemming werd geïnstalleerd ...
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Don Marti: quick question on tracking protection

Mozilla planet - mo, 18/12/2017 - 09:00

One quick question for anyone who still isn't convinced that tracking protection needs to be a high priority for web browsers in 2018. Web tracking isn't just about items from your online shopping cart following you to other sites. Users who are vulnerable to abusive practices for health or other reasons have tracking protection needs too.

Screenshot from the American Cancer Society site, showing 24 web trackers

Who has access to the data from each of the 24 third-party trackers that appear on the American Cancer Society's Find Cancer Treatment and Support page, and for what purposes can they use the data?

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Mozilla faces blowback after slipping Mr Robot plugin into Firefox - The Verge

Nieuws verzameld via Google - sn, 16/12/2017 - 17:47


Mozilla faces blowback after slipping Mr Robot plugin into Firefox
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Yesterday, Firefox users noticed a strange new plug-in popping up in their browsers. A new plug-in called Looking Glass found its way into each instance of the new Firefox Quantum browser. It was disabled by default, but users were still alarmed to see ...
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Henrik Skupin: Element interactability checks with geckodriver and Firefox 58

Mozilla planet - fr, 15/12/2017 - 13:59

When you are using Selenium and geckodriver to automate your tests in Firefox you might see a behavior change with Firefox 58 when using the commands Element Click or Element Send Keys. For both commands we have enabled the interactability checks by default now. That means that if such an operation has to be performed for any kind of element it will be checked first, if a click on it or sending keys to it would work from a normal user perspective at all. If not a not-interactable error will be thrown.

If you are asking now why this change was necessary, the answer is that we are more WebDriver specification conformant now.

While pushing this change out by default, we are aware of corner cases where we accidentally might throw such a not-interactability error, or falsely assume the element is interactable. If you are hitting such a condition it would be fantastic to let us know about it as best by filing an geckodriver issue with all the required information so that it is reproducible for us.

In case the problem causes issues for your test suites, but you totally want to use Firefox 58, you can use the capability moz:webdriverClick and turn off those checks. Simply set it to False, and the former behavior will happen. But please note that this workaround will only work for Firefox 58, and maybe Firefox 59, because then the old and legacy behavior will be removed.

That’s why please let us know about misbehavior when using Firefox 58, so that we have enough time to get it fixed for Firefox 59, or even 58.


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QMO: Firefox DeveloperEdition 58 Beta 12 Testday, December 22nd

Mozilla planet - fr, 15/12/2017 - 10:42

Hello Mozillians,

We are happy to announce that Friday, December 22nd, we are organizing Firefox 58 Beta 12 Testday. We will be focusing our testing on Graphics and Web Compatibility. 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.

Please note that the contribution deadline for this Testday is 27th of December!

Join us and help us make Firefox better!

See you on Friday!

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The Mozilla Blog: Today’s net neutrality vote – an unsurprising, unfortunate disappointment

Mozilla planet - to, 14/12/2017 - 19:14

We are incredibly disappointed that the FCC voted this morning – along partisan lines – to remove protections for the open internet. This is the result of broken processes, broken politics, and broken policies. As we have said over and over, we’ll keep fighting for the open internet, and hope that politicians decide to protect their constituents rather than increase the power of ISPs.

This fight isn’t over. With our allies and our users, we will turn to Congress and the courts to fix the broken policies.

The partisan divide only exists in Washington.  The internet is a global, public resource and if closed off — with only some content and services available unless you pay more to your ISP — the value of that resource declines. According to polls from earlier this year, American internet users agree. Three-quarters of the public support net neutrality. This isn’t a partisan issue.

We’ll keep fighting. We’re encouraged by net neutrality victories in India and elsewhere.  Americans deserve and need better than this.

The post Today’s net neutrality vote – an unsurprising, unfortunate disappointment appeared first on The Mozilla Blog.

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The Firefox Frontier: A new Firefox and a new Firefox icon

Mozilla planet - to, 14/12/2017 - 17:21

Firefox Quantum is all about being fast, responsive and modern. All the work we did in making this browser fast under the hood, we also put into making it look … Read more

The post A new Firefox and a new Firefox icon appeared first on The Firefox Frontier.

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The Firefox Frontier: 5 Things That Make Firefox Focus Great at Saving Mobile Data

Mozilla planet - to, 14/12/2017 - 06:12

Here’s a new view on 2018: start the year with more Focus—focus in your online life, on what you’re doing, and away from the distractions. At least that’s going to … Read more

The post 5 Things That Make Firefox Focus Great at Saving Mobile Data appeared first on The Firefox Frontier.

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The Mozilla Blog: Firefox Focus Adds Quick Access Without Sacrificing Users’ Privacy

Mozilla planet - to, 14/12/2017 - 06:00

It’s been a little over a year since we launched Firefox Focus. We’ve had tremendous success since then, we launched in 27+ languages, launched on Android, and hit over 1 million downloads on Android within the first month of launch.

Today, we’re introducing a new feature: quicker access to your most visited sites, as well as the ability to add any search engine to your Focus app. They were the most requested items from our users and are aligned with our goals on what makes Focus so great.

We know our users want choice and miss the convenience of having their favorite websites and search engines at their fingertips, but they don’t want to sacrifice their privacy. Since the moment we’ve built Focus, our goal has been to get our users quickly to the information and sites all while keeping their data safe from unwanted targeting.

We all have our popular go-to sites that we visit regularly — whether it’s checking the latest news on your favorite news site or checking the scores of your beloved sports team. Now, you can add the sites you visit frequently to your personal autocomplete list within the app. This means that only you can see the sites’ URL in this list. So, when you’re ready to check your favorite sports team’s scores, you simply type in a couple letters and autocomplete will finish the job.

Autocomplete on Android (Left) and iOS (Right)


Check it out here:

There’s also something new for users where they can add search engines from any site that has a search field. If you want to search from somewhere outside our list of suggested search engines, go ahead and add it! For example, if you want to see a movie this weekend but don’t want to waste hours on a bad movie, you can check We know that choice is important to our power users so this new function allows them to set up their preferred way for searching the web.

One of the reasons users love Focus is because of the faster load times due to our auto-blocking of ads and trackers. It quickly gets you to the places where you want to go and sets us apart from other browsers. We built Focus as the quickest and easiest privacy browser built with you in mind.

The latest version of Firefox Focus can be downloaded on Google Play and in the App Store.

The post Firefox Focus Adds Quick Access Without Sacrificing Users’ Privacy appeared first on The Mozilla Blog.

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