Firefox would inform its user of new add-ons that have been installed from third party software and not from within the browser UI. It is Mozilla’s plan to display an opt-out page to the user so that it is possible to block the installation and execution of the add-on in the browser. Mozilla also wants to make sure that add-ons are always removable in the browser, another long standing issue that is about to get resolved. The development team plans to include protection against unwanted add-on installations from Firefox 8 on.
Those of you who use Skype or anti-virus software know what I mean. Those of you who have Comcast Xfinity probably also know the pain crapware can inflict on your system. Those of you with a hijacked search engine, those with a strange home page, your inability to modify your settings and all those sannoying toolbars? That may be malware, or it may be trusted software you installed taking advantage of your trust and Mozilla’s openness.
Mozilla has also been working on improving their upgrade manager; removing the bloat, making it much simpler and much more efficient. This way, if you have an add-on you forgot you were using or allowed to be installed and never took advantage of, you will be reminded of it when you update your browser and have the option to disable it or remove it completely.The UI mock-ups shown on these pages were part of a meeting, and were for discussion purposes, and to explore different design directions. Some of them are already out of date.
Mozilla works in the open, and the way to get the latest in UI improvements to Firefox is to download the UX channel build for your OS, which will auto-update every night with various design experiments we're looking at.
Much ♥, Firefox UX Team.
The most notable changes come to the search bar, tabs, and add-ons. The search-specific search box, long a staple of Firefox, finally has been removed. The designs also show that the in-focus tab will get rounded corners.
More importantly than how add-ons land in the interface, the mock-ups also show the ability to search for add-ons without opening a new tab, and the ability to drag-and-drop add-ons directly into the manager. That functionality does currently exist in Firefox, in that you can drag add-ons from your desktop into Firefox to install them, but this would be a fairly big under-the-hood change that would allow the feature to be extended to add-ons that aren't stored locally.
Full-screen Firefox would also get a refresh under the new designs. It would sport a single interface bar that would contain the location bar, Home button, tabs, and menu buttons.
sourcehttp://www.conceivablytech.com/8696/...apware-add-onsFirefox maker moves towards a browser-free world
For years, Mozilla's brand has been closely aligned with its open source browser, Firefox, despite the non-profit's efforts to branch out into mail suites (Thunderbird), social networking (Raindrop), and more.
As Baker goes on to say, the fragmented, super-closed platforms of mobile computing need a heavy dose of Mozilla's values to keep the web from becoming the province of a few titans:Mobile computing needs a strong infusion of Mozilla values. This means Firefox and other software on the new platforms, it means apps and it means bringing the Firefox experience to data and services as well. Mozilla has a unique ability to put user sovereignty first in all of these areas.This is why noted investor Roger McNamee tells developers to focus on Apple for now, because that's where the money is, but look to HTML5 apps for the long-term future. And while many think of HTML5 as a way to run apps in the browser, it's actually much more than this, as Strobe CEO Charles Jolley made plain in a recent DevCon5 presentation.
Indeed, Mozilla is setting itself up as a fulcrum for this new browser-less (or, more and less than a browser) web. With Boot-to-Gecko, the company is angling to take on not only iOS, webOS, and other closed operating systems, but also Android and the very idea of an OS that is required to load the browser. In Mozilla's emerging vision, similar to Google Chrome OS, the browser is the operating system ... but it's not your mother's OS.