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Benjamin Kerensa: 10 things I want Firefox OS to do for me

Mozilla planet - wo, 15/07/2015 - 01:00

I’ve dogfooded Firefox OS since its early beginnings and have some of the early hardware  (hamachi, unagi, One Touch Fire, ZTE Open, Geeksphone Keon, Flame and ZTE Open C). It was good to hear some of the plans for Firefox OS 2.5 that were discussed at Whistler, but I wanted to take the time and model of this post and remix it for Firefox OS. Firefox OS you are great and free but you are not perfect and you can be the mobile OS that I need.

#1  Voice Control

Just like Apple has Siri and Google has Ok Google, Firefox OS too needs a voice command system that will let me search the web, send a text, open apps, navigate to places. Not only is this good for a smartphone, but when I buy a TV running Firefox OS, voice commands will be very useful.

#2 Notifications

Let’s face it: notifications on Firefox OS are not a world class experience. Most of the big apps (Facebook, Twitter etc) do not integrate with Firefox OS so when someone messages you or tags you in a photo, you won’t know unless you open the app. There is a bug for this to fix this in Facebook app but the developer left Facebook so it got abandoned. There was never any progress on this for Twitter. In order for Firefox OS to be able to be sustainable and see good adoption, people will need to have notifications this is not negotiable.

#3 LTE

While Firefox OS has never shipped in the U.S. yet plenty of Firefox OS developers do live here and so do a good portion of Mozilla Developers. LTE needs to be supported in the stack but also needs to be a requirement for reference devices going forward in the Foxfooding program.

#4  App Ecosystem

There is much talk about how Mozilla is going to invest big into Firefox OS and that is great and very exciting but one of the biggest things Mozilla could invest in for Firefox OS that would increase adoption is expanding the app ecosystem. Without apps, a platform fails and this is obvious. Right now as things stand, even Ubuntu Phone is ahead of Firefox OS in the app ecosystem race. If Mozilla has to pay companies to port their apps to Firefox OS, well that would be a good investment because random low-quality apps are not going to fill the gap.

#5 U2F (Universal 2nd Factor)

I believe Fido Alliance’s U2F is the future of strong authentication on the desktop and mobile so it would be nice to see support for this.

#6 Local / Contextual Results

Firefox OS needs to have a foot in the producing local results game since Firefox OS does not have an equivalent of Google Now or a Yelp app. I need something to help me find local businesses and places and ratings. This should be a smart feature that uses my actual location.

#7 Weather

We need a WeatherUnderground App or something really slick that delivers the most accurate weather forecasting available.

#8 Transit

We need a transit app, not a bunch of local ones that can use my location and tell me available transit options like when trains and buses arrive. The data is out there and most of it is open so let’s build this into the OS or maybe Mozilla should make an app for that.

#9 Better OEM Update Expectations

The updates offered by OEM partners has been deplorable mostly with many devices left behind on versions which leaves users with bugs and stability issues. Mozilla should set the bar high and take OEM’s out of the updates equation much like Ubuntu has done with their Mobile OS. OEM’s cannot be trusted to give regular OS updates and when they don’t the reputation of the platform is blamed for this not the OEM.

#10 Uber or Lyft

Firefox OS will need a Uber or Lyft app to get any kind of non-niche foothold in more westernized countries. I don’t really care if Uber or Lyft is offered as both will work. Uber already allows booking through their website so perhaps a little nudge could get them to package that into an app.

This summarizes ten things I would love to see happen for Firefox OS not all are hard requirements for me but consider this a wish list. Do you have a wish list of 10 things you want in Firefox OS? If so I encourage you to blog about it and dream big!

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Flash now too dangerous to run on Firefox, Mozilla says - Sydney Morning Herald

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Flash now too dangerous to run on Firefox, Mozilla says
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Mozilla has blocked Flash on its popular Firefox browser. A message now appears saying that Flash — the plug-in that enables animation, browser games, and other graphics online — is vulnerable, along with a message that Mozilla reserves the right to ...
Mozilla Blocks Flash Player on FirefoxPC Magazine
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Mozilla blocks Flash by default on Firefox browserBBC News
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Internet : Adobe Flash bloqué par le navigateur Mozilla et combattu par Facebook - Le Parisien

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Le Parisien

Internet : Adobe Flash bloqué par le navigateur Mozilla et combattu par Facebook
Le Parisien
Le navigateur Firefox de Mozilla a annoncé ce mardi le blocage par défaut d'Adobe Flash, un module qui permet aux internautes notamment de lire les vidéos. FB | 14 Juil. 2015, 22h06 | MAJ : 14 Juil. 2015, 22h56. Tweeter. réagir Illustration. Une ...
Adobe corrige Flash et Mozilla bloque les anciennes versionsMacGeneration
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[Màj] Mozilla bloque Adobe Flash dans FirefoxKultureGeek
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William Lachance: Perfherder update

Mozilla planet - ti, 14/07/2015 - 22:51

Haven’t been doing enough blogging about Perfherder (our project to make Talos and other per-checkin performance data more useful) recently. Let’s fix that. We’ve been making some good progress, helped in part by a group of new contributors that joined us through an experimental “summer of contribution” program.

Comparison mode

Inspired by Compare Talos, we’ve designed something similar which hooks into the perfherder backend. This has already gotten some interest: see this post on dev.tree-management and this one on dev.platform. We’re working towards building something that will be really useful both for (1) illustrating that the performance regressions we detect are real and (2) helping developers figure out the impact of their changes before they land them.

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Most of the initial work was done by Joel Maher with lots of review for aesthetics and correctness by me. Avi Halmachi from the Performance Team also helped out with the t-test model for detecting the confidence that we have that a difference in performance was real. Lately myself and Mike Ling (one of our summer of contribution members) have been working on further improving the interface for usability — I’m hopeful that we’ll soon have something implemented that’s broadly usable and comprehensible to the Mozilla Firefox and Platform developer community.

Graphs improvements

Although it’s received slightly less attention lately than the comparison view above, we’ve been making steady progress on the graphs view of performance series. Aside from demonstrations and presentations, the primary use case for this is being able to detect visually sustained changes in the result distribution for talos tests, which is often necessary to be able to confirm regressions. Notable recent changes include a much easier way of selecting tests to add to the graph from Mike Ling and more readable/parseable urls from Akhilesh Pillai (another summer of contribution participant).

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Performance alerts

I’ve also been steadily working on making Perfherder generate alerts when there is a significant discontinuity in the performance numbers, similar to what GraphServer does now. Currently we have an option to generate a static CSV file of these alerts, but the eventual plan is to insert these things into a peristent database. After that’s done, we can actually work on creating a UI inside Perfherder to replace alertmanager (which currently uses GraphServer data) and start using this thing to sheriff performance regressions — putting the herder into perfherder.

As part of this, I’ve converted the graphserver alert generation code into a standalone python library, which has already proven useful as a component in the Raptor project for FirefoxOS. Yay modularity and reusability.

Python API

I’ve also been working on creating and improving a python API to access Treeherder data, which includes Perfherder. This lets you do interesting things, like dynamically run various types of statistical analysis on the data stored in the production instance of Perfherder (no need to ask me for a database dump or other credentials). I’ve been using this to perform validation of the data we’re storing and debug various tricky problems. For example, I found out last week that we were storing up to duplicate 200 entries in each performance series due to double data ingestion — oops.

You can also use this API to dynamically create interesting graphs and visualizations using ipython notebook, here’s a simple example of me plotting the last 7 days of youtube.com pageload data inline in a notebook:

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Mozilla blocks Flash in Firefox - SDTimes.com

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SDTimes.com

Mozilla blocks Flash in Firefox
SDTimes.com
More and more tech companies are piling on the “Occupy Flash” movement as Adobe's Flash Player continues to be beset by publicly known security vulnerabilities. Mark Schmidt, Mozilla's head of Firefox support, tweeted that the company has officially ...

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Google, Mozilla no longer support Adobe Flash; here's how to get it off your ... - AL.com

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Firstpost

Google, Mozilla no longer support Adobe Flash; here's how to get it off your ...
AL.com
Both Google and Mozilla are blocking the Adobe Flash Player from automatically running in their web browser after the discovery of numerous vulnerabilities in the software that could allow hackers a way into personal computers. According to Mozilla ...
Adobe patches Flash to quash last two zero-days unearthed in Hacking Team's ...Computerworld
Flash Player Update Patches Two Hacking Team Zero DaysThreatpost

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Michael Kaply: Domain Specific Flash Enabling on Firefox

Mozilla planet - ti, 14/07/2015 - 18:56

Update: It looks like Flash has been updated to 18.0.0.209, so this workaround shouldn't be needed. Save it for a rainy day (or the next time Firefox blocklists Flash.)

This big news today is that Mozilla blocked version 18.0.0.203 of Flash because of security vulnerabilities. At the time they blocked it, it was the latest version of Flash available. While this might be great for users, there are enterprises that have mission critical apps that require Flash.

Although you can use the various notifications in Firefox to re-enable Flash (it's what Firefox calls a soft block), you might wonder how you can make sure Flash is enabled for the specific domains you need it on regardless of the status of Flash security. You can do that using the Firefox permissions manager.

The easiest way to do this is using the CCK2. When you enable all plugins for a domain on the permissions page, it makes sure that Flash and Java work on that domain even if they are vulnerable.

If you are using AutoConfig, you can add this code to your config file:

Components.utils.import("resource://gre/modules/Services.jsm"); Components.utils.import("resource://gre/modules/NetUtil.jsm"); Services.perms.add(NetUtil.newURI("http://some.domain"), "plugine:flash", 1); Services.perms.add(NetUtil.newURI("http://some.domain"), "plugin-vulnerable:flash", 1);

This will make sure that flash always works on the given domain. If you want to do this inside of your browser, you can check out the Scratchpad.

Note that for security reasons, you shouldn't enable the vulnerable versions of Flash and Java for any domain that you don't have control over.

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Mozilla Firefox kills Flash by default, security chief calls for Adobe to ... - ExtremeTech

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ExtremeTech

Mozilla Firefox kills Flash by default, security chief calls for Adobe to ...
ExtremeTech
It's not been a great week for Adobe. In the wake of the Hacking Team hacks that shared 400GB of data belonging to the secretive company, multiple 0-day exploits surrounding Flash and Java have been shared with the online community. Adobe has reacted ...

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Kritik an Sicherheitslücken: Mozilla blockiert Flash-Software - tagesschau.de

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tagesschau.de

Kritik an Sicherheitslücken: Mozilla blockiert Flash-Software
tagesschau.de
Der Flash Player ist die Standard-Software zum Abspielen von Internet-Videos. Doch sie gilt als notorisch fehleranfällig. Nach einer Reihe gefährlicher Sicherheitslücken hat Mozilla nun Flash vorerst blockiert - und der Sicherheitsmanager von Facebook ...
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ComputerBase -Heute.at -Giga.de
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Julien Pagès: mozregression 0.37 release

Mozilla planet - ti, 14/07/2015 - 18:29

Yesterday we just released mozregression (command line regression range finder for Mozilla nightly and inbound builds) 0.37!

This release include some new features and fixes, and uses the new TaskCluster system from Mozilla Release Engineering to retrieve integration branch information. This considerably speeds up the bisection of inbound builds.

Try it out!


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After Facebook, Mozilla Blocks Adobe Flash Player by Default in Firefox Browser - International Business Times, India Edition

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After Facebook, Mozilla Blocks Adobe Flash Player by Default in Firefox Browser
International Business Times, India Edition
After Facebook, open source software developer Mozilla also blocked Adobe Flash Player in its browser Firefox. Explaining the ban as temporary, Mozilla explained the older versions of Flash player plugin have known vulnerabilities that might affect the ...

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Mozilla blocks leaky Adobe Flash from running on FireFox - Business Insider - Business Insider

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Business Insider

Mozilla blocks leaky Adobe Flash from running on FireFox - Business Insider
Business Insider
Mozilla is blocking the Adobe Flash Player from automatically running in its Firefox web browser until an update is released to address concerns about its security. Flash is a common software used to view videos, GIFs, and animations in web browsers.
Mozilla blocks Flash by default on Firefox browser - BBC NewsBBC News
Google and Mozilla pull the plug on Adobe Flash | Daily Mail OnlineDaily Mail
Mozilla blocks all Flash in Firefox after third zero-day | ComputerworldComputerworld
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Mozilla temporarily blocks Flash from Firefox due to security flaws - Tech ... - Digital Spy UK

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Mozilla temporarily blocks Flash from Firefox due to security flaws - Tech ...
Digital Spy UK
Users are still able to use Flash in Firefox by setting it up manually, but Mozilla warns that they must only use it on websites that they trust. Mozilla's steps follow comments from new Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos, who recently said ...

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Benjamin Kerensa: Can we kill Adobe Flash?

Mozilla planet - ti, 14/07/2015 - 15:38

Kill Adobe FlashYesterday the usual tech news outlets were buzzing over an accidental tweet which the media incorrectly interpreted as Mozilla was ditching flash (Blame The Verge for the chain reaction of copied news articles) entirely as a policy. While that is not the case, I was just as excited as many at the faux-news. This got me thinking: what would it really take for the web to kill Adobe Flash? Could Mozilla really make such a move and kill Flash on its own if it wanted to?

My thought is that Mozilla could not because users would be upset at the immediate lack of support for flash which is widely used. However, if Mozilla talked to other browsers including the Chrome Team, Opera, Vivaldi, Safari etc and made a coordinated effort to get at least some of the major names to agree on a set date to end their support for flash, say a year or so out, then I think it would be possible for Adobe Flash to die.

But absent the above happening a tweet by Alex Stamos, CSO of Facebook is right and maybe he understated it because it is really past time for Adobe to do the right thing and announce a end-of-life date for Adobe Flash in the next year or two. Such an announcement would give websites a year or two to do the major task of removing flash from millions of sites around the world.

The open web would be a better place without Flash but it would also be a better place without Java (sorry Minecraft fans but that game needs porting to HTML5) and other relics of the early less open web.Apple_dances
If you agree it is time for a open web free of flash then go give Alex Stamos’s tweet a RT and buy him a beer.

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Mozilla disables Flash in Firefox by default due to security concerns - TechSpot - TechSpot

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TechSpot

Mozilla disables Flash in Firefox by default due to security concerns - TechSpot
TechSpot
Following widespread reports of serious security issues with Adobe Flash, Mozilla has decided to block the Flash Player add-on in their Firefox web browser by default to protect users from being infected with malware. Adobe has been under siege over ...
A popular web browser just fired the first shot in the tech industry's war to ...Business Insider Australia

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Mozilla: Firefox blockt jetzt Flash - COMPUTER BILD - COMPUTER BILD

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COMPUTER BILD

Mozilla: Firefox blockt jetzt Flash - COMPUTER BILD
COMPUTER BILD
Diese Nachricht wirkt wie ein Schuss vor den (Adobe-)Bug: Browser-Entwickler Mozilla blockt mit sofortiger Wirkung den Flash Player. Das beliebte Add-on aus dem Hause Adobe ist aufgrund seiner Verbreitung ein begehrtes Ziel von Cyber-Kriminellen, die ...
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Mozilla bloqueia Flash no Firefox alegando questões de segurança | INFO - Info Online

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Info Online

Mozilla bloqueia Flash no Firefox alegando questões de segurança | INFO
Info Online
Após o novo chefe de segurança do Facebook pedir que o Flash tenha uma data para morrer, a última versão do Firefox, navegador da Mozilla, passou a bloquear o software da Adobe. Mark Schmidt, diretor da equipe de suporte do browser, disse no Twitter ...
Falhas de segurança fazem Mozilla bloquear Flash por padrão no Firefox ...Tecnoblog (Blogue)
Em medida de segurança, Mozilla bloqueia o Flash no Firefox por padrão ... - TudoTudocelular.com
Mozilla vai bloquear todas as versões do Flash Player na próxima atualização ...Adrenaline
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Anche Mozilla vieta Flash. Ecco perché non lo vuole più nessuno - Wired - Wired.it

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Wired.it

Anche Mozilla vieta Flash. Ecco perché non lo vuole più nessuno - Wired
Wired.it
Leggi anche: AAA hacker cercasi per diventare capo di Tor. Può sembrare un mero “mettere le mani avanti” ma la disaffezione di Firefox non è cosa nuova: Mozilla spinge e appoggia Shumway, un render basato su HTML 5 che riproduce i file SWF, il formato ...
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Mozilla Reps Community: Reps Weekly Call – July 9th 2015

Mozilla planet - ti, 14/07/2015 - 13:01

Last Thursday we had our weekly call about the Reps program, where we talk about what’s going on in the program and what Reps have been doing during the last week.

whistler

Summary
  • Heartbeat process.
  • Featured events.
  • Help me with my project.
  • What’s Council up to this week?
  • MozFest planning session.
AirMozilla video

Detailed notes

Shoutouts to Dian Ina (@alamanda), @Christos, @konstantina, @bobchao, @irvin, @orin, Ernest, Peter Chen (@petercpg), @flore and @qudahmahmood.

Heartbeat process

Emma introduced the heartbeat process the Participation team is using to move forward.

Usually the process is each 3 weeks and the projects are based on the team quarterly goals, allowing to measure the success in an agile way.

At the end of the 3 weeks cycle demos of the most relevant project are presented.

The process is open to anyone to participate, simply add a comment on the project github issue you are interested in.

Featured events
  • MozCoffee spring Campaigns in Bangladesh (Dinajpur, Rajshahi). 10th
  • Mozilla Egypt Iftar (Cairo) 10th
  • TuxCon 2015 (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) 11th-12th
  • Mozilla Weekend Berlin (Germany) 11th-12th
  • Mozilla L10n and QA Hackaton (Lima, Peru), 11th-12th
  • FirefoxOS Launch Campaign ( Mauritius) from May 9 – 25 July 2015

Don’t forget to add your event to Discourse, and share some photos, so it can be shared on Reps Twitter account.

Help me with my project

Emma needs help turning Marketpulse four week course into a self-study resource, 90% there just need extra set of eyes to figure out what would be most intuitive. If you are interested in curriculum (qa, grammar, organization), please reach out to @emma_irwin or @Ioana.

What’s Council up to this week?

This is a quick summary on what the Council is working this week.

  • Documenting the mentors selection criteria both current one and an improved.
  • Mentors’ accountability to help mentors improve.
  • Report from Council’s work in Whistler.
  • San James and Bob are working on Kolkata space experiment.
  • Improving the swag form (Konstantina and council)
  • Improved Budget SOP (Konstantina and the council)
  • Michael is brainstorming on recognition and how to improve it within the program.

Questions about what is happening? Ask on discourse or trello.

MozFest planning session

Mozfest Planning happened in Anstruther Scotland, it was the first of it’s kind because usually Mozfest planning is done remotely between the teams and individuals involved.

They were there to think differently about how we can plan sessions and the experience through Personas and pathways.

Raw etherpad notes.

Don’t forget to comment about this call on Discourse and we hope to see you next week!

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Mozilla blocks Flash by default on Firefox browser - BBC News - BBC News

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BBC News

Mozilla blocks Flash by default on Firefox browser - BBC News
BBC News
Adobe's Flash software is now blocked by default on all versions of the Firefox web browser. Mozilla, which develops Firefox, imposed the block because recently unearthed bugs in Flash were being actively used by cyber-thieves. The bugs were detailed ...
Mozilla blocks all versions of Flash in Firefox amid growing security concernsBetaNews
Mozilla blocks Adobe Flash in Firefox browser after detection of security ...Financial Express
Mozilla blocks all versions of Adobe Flash in FirefoxGhacks Technology News
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