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The Future of Firefox

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  • 1. The Future of Firefox Tristan Nitot, President & Founder, Mozilla Europe
  • 2. Mozilla is doomed!
  • 3. JWZ, March 1999
  • 4. November 2001
  • 5. March 2005
  • 6. Some help from the audience?
  • 7. Source: xitimonitor.com, Oct ‘07
  • 8. Firefox 3
  • 9. Firefox 3 • Based on Gecko 1.9 • Reflow refactoring • Cairo Graphics Library • Improvements in memory management • Passes Acid2 • Beta 1 really soon
  • 10. Firefox 3: engine update • Better memory management • Snappier • Better standards support, passes Acid 2 • Full page zoom • Advanced font rendering • Native form controls
  • 11. FX3: UI changes • Visual refresh still to come • Toolbar rearrange • Page info redesign • New download manager • Visual drag&drop & multiple selections
  • 12. “The awesome bar” • Goal: reinvent bookmarks • Merging history, bookmarks and adding tagging
  • 13. Mozilla 2: issues we’re trying to solve • More performance, smaller footprint (running on less powerful platforms) • Easier to maintain and contribute • More security
  • 14. Tools • DeCOMtamination (rewriting tools to massively update the codebase) • Tamarin JIT Compiler JS2 engine
  • 15. Firefox Mobile • Plans announced October 9th, 2007 • Based on Mozilla 2 (e.g. will take some time, and Firefox 3 will *not* run on your mobile) • Hired Christian Sejersen (ex-Openwave) and Brad Lassey (FT R&D) • Leveraging the Firefox brand and XUL technology
  • 16. Ways to Get Involved • Use Firefox • Spread the word spreadfirefox.com • Give us feedback • Write an Add-on developer.mozilla.org • Become a contributor
  • 17. Thank you very much! nitot@mozilla-europe.org Ideas were shamelessly stolen: from at least the following people: The Firefox Community Mike Schroepfer Chris Beard Mike Beltzner Dave Camp Paul Colton Mike Connor Asa Dotzler David Eaves Brendan Eich Alex Faaborg Mark Finkle Jay Goldman Ben Goodger John Lilly Larry Lessig Deb Richardson Mike Shaver Martin Weinberger
  • 18. Thunderbird Future • Hired David Ascher (formerly with ActiveState) • Allocated $3MM for creating a Mozilla Foundation 100% subsidiary (codenamed ‘Mailco’) • Build the community around the future of personal communication • Medium term: more extensions, built-in Calendaring and task management?