Mozilla is launching its latest web browser promising faster online surfing.

Mozilla is launching its latest web browser promising faster online surfing.
22 June 2009 | | Internet

We love Firefox, a rival to Microsoft’s market domination, and are therefore all excited that Mozilla will be releasing version 3.5 later this month.This version has been available to developers for quite a while, but it is coming out into the public arena very soon, and we’d recommend you take a look at it!

Its features will include geolocation – information targeted to your location, in-built video players, and private browsing. It comes after nightly testing by 10,000 volunteers.

A “community” rather than a strictly commercial company, a lot of Mozilla’s work is undertaken by thousands of helpers.

Only two full-time paid staffers man a support desk for 300 million users – the rest do it for free.

One of main features of Firefox web browsing is increased privacy – users can delete specific parts of their activity or ask the computer to “forget” whole chunks.

But some suggest this might help those viewing child abuse images avoid detection.

“It is not a piece we can control,” the vice president of engineering, Mike Shaver, told Sky News Online.

“People who want to do illegal things have always had the ability to be private, to lie and to defraud.”

He believes most people have legitimate reasons for secrecy.

“There’s been a stigma around being private, we see it as just offering control.”

Mr Shaver said Mozilla’s community ethic had ended up being a “comparative advantage” during the economic downturn.

“We’ve never been set up to maximise our financial return,” he explained. “We don’t have shareholders to please or target numbers to hit.”

Content provided with thanks by Sky.news. Click here to view the original article.

To download Firefox 3.5 click here, but please be aware that it is still in testing, so there may be bugs!

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