With many services today needing Silverlight to run web services and many people converting to Linux or refusing to use Windows or Macs it seems like you can’t enjoy those services. Here is a great feature for those of you that use Ubuntu and want to enjoy Netflix on your computer, once you set this up you will have the benefit for other services that require Silverlight.
Although the Gecko platform supports multiple processes, the Firefox frontend is not designed to use them. Work to make the frontend (including addons) support multiple processes was begun in early 2013.
Enabling and Disabling Electrolysis
To enable or disable e10s, open Nightly’s Preferences and check the “Enable E10S” checkbox. You will need to restart Nightly.
Nightly > Preferences > General > Enable E10s
If your browser breaks in a way that you can’t easily recover to change this setting, start Firefox in Safe Mode (by holding Alt/Option during start) which will force-disable e10s and allow you to enter the Preferences dialog and untick the checkbox.
The first patches for Shellshock didn’t offer complete protection. The latest revisions of this patch for the popular Mac OS X, Linux, and Unix bash shell security problem were released on Friday, offering greater defenses against hackers.
The problem with the first patch, as Red Hat explained in its Shellshock FAQ, was that it only took care of the original bash flaw CVE-2014-6271. This, the true Shellshock bug, is the worst bash security hole. There were also others.
Red Hat said: “Shortly after that issue went public a researcher found a similar flaw that wasn’t blocked by the first fix and this was assigned CVE-2014-7169.” This bug is also a security problem, but it’s not as bad as the other flaw.
Later, Red Hat Product Security researcher Florian Weimer found additional problems and these were designated CVE-2014-7186 and CVE-2014-7187. Fortunately, these bugs are less serious and the latest patch takes care of these as well. As Red Hat’s Huzaifa Sidhpurwala told me: “The latest version of bash fixes all the CVE issues.”
So, what you want to do now, if you haven’t already, is check to see if you’re running a vulnerable version of bash. Continue reading Shellshock: Better ‘bash’ patches now available
Mozilla has announced that Firefox 32 Beta 1 has been released, marking the start of another branch for the famous Internet browser.
Mozilla doesn’t waste any time when it comes to the development of the Firefox browser. The last stable release was on July 22 and now the Alpha version has been promoted to Beta, along with all the features and changes from that particular branch.
According to the changelog, HTTP caching (v2) is now enabled by default, the generational garbage collection has been integrated, public key pinning support has been added, login metadata is now viewable in the password manager, the number of found items is now shown in the find toolbar, code completion and inline documentation has been added to Scratchpad, it’s now possible to connect to an HTTP proxy over HTTPS, various improvements have been added to the Password Manager and Add-on Manager, the trust bit for some 1024-bit root certificates has been removed, and the vibration API has been updated to latest W3C spec.
The beta also implements a wide number of new HTML5 technologies and offers HiDPI support for developers when using the Developer Tools UI. Developers also gain a new Web Audio Editor tool, which needs to be enabled via the Developer Tool Settings.
Aurora’s updates include a new WebRTC-powered communications feature via the menu panel. It also adds OpenH264 support and promises an improved search experience through the location bar.
Read all the changes in the official changelog.
Mozilla recently decided to add DRM in Firefox even if Mozilla hates it. Almost all video streaming websites use some kind of DRM and as Microsoft, Apple and Google has already implemented DRM in their browsers, Mozilla thinks not adding the DRM in Firefox would make it useless as a product as the user will have to switch to other browser everytime a user visits a website with DRM.
I am not going to either defend Mozilla on the decision of adding DRM in Firefox or write against it, they did what they had to do. In the end its all business, Firefox is of no use to me if I cannot watch Netflix on it. So I can understand the awkward position Mozilla would be in when deciding on the DRM in Firefox, what I don’t understand is How can Mozilla completely ignore the security complications associated with this decision.
In a single line, DRM in Firefox is going to end our digital security as we know it and I’ll explain it how. I don’t care about other browsers as they have already given up on user liberty long ago but Firefox has long stood for our freedom on the web and I respect that, well used to.
For a moment, let’s say we don’t have any problem with the DRM in Firefox and we are actually happy as now we’ll be able to enjoy services like Netflix and others. The problem is that DRM module implemented in Firefox is being developed by Adobe ( Yes, Adobe ), an HTML 5 based DRM implemented in Firefox is being developed by Adobe.
Mozilla openly admits that there is nothing they can do instead of accepting DRM. Mozilla was one the biggest advocate of Open Source and Free Software on the web. With Mozilla’s recent actions, freedom invading industry practices and continuous enforcements of privacy violating laws, I can image what the future looks like.
What are Extensions?
Extensions or plug-ins add extra functionality to Firefox. Simply put, they are extra apps that give Firefox some extra bells and whistles to make it yours. You can get add-ons that do just about anything like check the weather, listen to music, update your social accounts.
There are three types of extensions:
Extensions add new features to Firefox or modify existing ones. There are extensions that allow you to block advertisements, download videos from websites, integrate Firefox with websites like Facebook or Twitter, and even add features from other browsers.
There are two types of appearance add-ons:
- complete themes, which changes the look of buttons & menus,
- background themes, which decorate the menu bar and tab strip with a background image.
Plug-ins let you add support for all kinds of Internet content. These usually include patented formats like Flash, QuickTime, and Silverlight that are used for video, audio, on-line games, presentations, and more. Plug-ins are created and distributed by other companies. Continue reading Customizing Firefox
- In Internet Explorer and Firefox, if you do not see the menu bar, press Alt.
- When troubleshooting issues with any website, after clearing your browser’s cache and cookies, exit your browser completely before attempting to access the site again. Continue reading How do I clear my web browser’s cache, cookies, and history?