If Firefox’s personas are anything to go by then the biggest soccer fans, as well as the biggest Firefox fans are clearly in Brazil.
It’s just one day to go to World Cup 2010 and Firefox has come to the party in its own unique way.
WebM, the open source video codec, has landed in development versions of Firefox 4. Support for the new format should appear in nightly builds from tonight onwards.
Google’s Chromium browser will be the new default browser for the 10.10 release of Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR), replacing Firefox.
Firefox surges in Europe: According to Web analytics firm StatCounter, Firefox 3 has finally surpassed the popularity of Internet Explorer 7 in Europe, reports Ars Technica. Apparently Firefox 3.0 holds 35.09% market share in Europe while IE7 holds 34.51%. Which sounds like good news except that globally, Firefox is still some way behind Internet Explorer. Also according to StatCounter, worldwide market share shows IE7 holding 38.6% while Firefox holds 25.7%.
CentOS 5.3 is out: The CentOS developers today released version 5.3 of the distribution. CentOS a distribution based on the source for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3. The latest release includes several changes over version 5.2 including both new and updated packages based on RHEL 5.3 and custom changes by the CentOS developers.
Fedora 11 Beta boasts 20-second startup: The Fedora Project, which yesterday released Fedora 11 Beta, says that its latest release will boot in just 20 seconds using the improved kernel mode settings.
HP looking at Android for netbooks: HP could be preparing to develop a netbook product with Google’s Linux-based Android software platform, writes Ars Technica. According to multiple reports, HP has confirmed that it is studying Google’s operating system, but has not disclosed specific plans for adoption yet.
With week 10 firmly behind us it’s time for a short review of the week that was. It was a week that started off slowly with free software magazine news and downloads but picked up pace as it headed for the weekend. By the end of the week OpenSuse had named its future releases, announced a new release schedule, we had a new free software microblogging platform and Firefox had not only added a new beta for Firefox 3.1 but had decided to rename it 3.5.
It’s no secret that the Firefox developers have had a hard time with Firefox 3.1. Now it looks likely that Firefox 3.1 will be released Firefox 3.5 to reflect the significance of the changes that have been made to the browser. In a Firefox delivery meeting yesterday a proposal was put forward that the name change be made official. The same proposal has surfaced a few times in recent developer discussions.
In just four years Firefox is now used by 20 percent of Internet users and has proved to be one of the most successful open source projects to date.
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