Personal Tech Pipeline | Mozilla Releases Firefox 1.5

White Papers

Sponsor Resources

WebCasts
Free Newsletter GlossaryContact UsAbout Us
Players & CamsPhones & PDAsHome & AutoOnline

November 30, 2005

Mozilla Releases Firefox 1.5

The open-source browser gets its first major update since its original release a year ago.

Courtesy of Linux Pipeline

Mozilla Corp. has released Firefox 1.5, a major update to the organization's open-source Web browser.

Firefox 1.5, which debuted Tuesday night on the Mozilla Web site, is the most significant change for the browser since the non-profit Mozilla Foundation released Firefox 1.0 in November, 2004. Among the most prominent changes is an automatic update feature that will download security patches and other software updates in the background, prompting the user to install the changes when they become available.

Automatic update support, while possibly the most anticipated new feature in Firefox 1.5, was also one of the most problematic for Mozilla developers, causing a series of persistent glitches during the product's beta-testing and release candidate stages.

Other significant new features include improved pop-up ad blocking, usability enhancements for users with physical disabilities, security and privacy enhancements, and internal changes designed to load and render Web pages more quickly.

Firefox 1.5 was originally slated for a late summer version 1.1 release under the code name "Deer Park." After several development-related delays and pauses to release interim security patches, developers proposed combining Deer Park with a planned late-year Firefox 1.5 rollout. The finished product includes all of the major features planned in the Mozilla Foundation's technology roadmap for the Firefox 1.1 and 1.5 releases.

Firefox 1.5 is available for free download from the Mozilla Web site.

E-mail This Story
Print This Story
Reprint This Story




Get the latest Personal Tech news, product info, and trends every week.


Related Content

  Right-click and choose Copy to extract RSS Feed URL  Personal Tech Pipeline's Main RSS Feed
  Right-click and choose Copy to extract RSS Feed URL  Personal Tech Pipeline's Blog RSS Feed



Keeping Up To Date On Enterprise Server Tech?
Review our compilation of columns on server security, database software, and Linux issues.
Unleash the Power & Opportunity of Grid Computing
Experts will identify trends in grid computing, provide
examples and examine solution options.
Using Current Performance to Shape
Future Results

Hear new strategies for improving business
performance and results.

Editor's Picks

Well, Microsoft has "unfolded" its "Origami" ultra-mobile PC platform Thursday. It turned out to be a full-featured PC smaller than a tablet but bigger than a PDA. Are you impressed?
Yes! I want one!
Sort of. We'll see.
No! It's too big for a pocket and too small for real computing. What's the point?


In search of personal tech products? See our new Product Finder, where you'll find personal computing devices, communications solutions, security products, and more.



PERSONAL TECH PIPELINE MARKETPLACE (sponsored links)
Transform your IT infrastructure with IBM
Successful CIOs see IT as a prime stimulus for business innovation-and themselves as key participants in a process that develops business and IT strategies in concert. Read an executive summary and register to download the full IBM paper.

Symantec Backup Solutions
Desktop to Data Center Protection. Explore the Official Symantec Site.

Block or Secure IM Use
IM threats up 250%. Protect your corporate network. Free Download.

Secure & Easy Console Management with Digi CM
The Digi CM console server provides secure, intelligent & easy access to network devices with a serial console port. With Digi CM, you can securely monitor & control servers, routers, switches & other devices even when your network is down.

Understand the financial impact of open source.
Will open source pay off? Open source is becoming standard within enterprises, often because of cost savings. Find out how much of a financial impact it can have on your organization. Get this methodology and calculator now, compliments of JBoss. Go!


Buy a Link Now


SAS continues to lead the way in the business intelligence market. Want proof?
Application-Smart Networking for Fast, Reliable, Secure Application Deliver
CSC Worldwide IT consulting, systems integration, outsourcing
Top Requested White Paper Categories from TechWeb White paper Library
Top ten search terms from the TechWeb TechEncyclopedia