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Firefox plans mass marketing drive
Cnet ^ | 11/26/2005 | Ingrid Marson

Posted on 11/26/2005 9:35:13 PM PST by Panerai

Mozilla is gearing up to launch a large-scale marketing drive when Firefox 1.5 is released.

Christopher Beard, the vice-president of products at Mozilla, said on Monday that there is a "strong likelihood" that Firefox 1.5, the next major version of the open source browser, will be released on Nov. 29.

Beard said the corporation is planning a "big marketing push" that will coincide with the release of 1.5. This will include a community marketing campaign that will encourage Firefox fans to tell the world about their favorite browser by publishing home-made videos on a Mozilla Web site.

"You will have real people telling you about Firefox's features--what's cool and great," said Beard. "People can create the video and upload it to the Mozilla site. The video will then be reviewed and put on our Web site, with a link from their location."

The videos will be hosted on the SpreadFirefox community marketing site, which will display a world map with a dot marking each location where a video has been created.

Beard said he doesn't know how many people will get involved in this campaign, particularly as it is dependent on contributors having video equipment, such as a camcorder or a Web cam.

"It's hard to tell. With The New York Times' ad campaign we thought it would take weeks to raise the money, but in less than 48 hours we had already raised enough for an ad," said Beard. "With this [campaign] it's also uncertain--are we going to get hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of videos?"

As the videos are likely to be posted in many languages, Mozilla will use international volunteers to filter the videos. It has already recruited teams to cover 20 European languages, according to Tristan Nitot, the president of Mozilla Europe.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: firefox; internet; internetexplorer; mozilla; opensource; web

1 posted on 11/26/2005 9:35:13 PM PST by Panerai
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To: Panerai

Good, I use it on both my G4 and my Windows... superior to Safari for Mac and IE for Windows.


2 posted on 11/26/2005 9:48:09 PM PST by chet_in_ny
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To: All
I like Firefox and have used it for some months.

I am puzzled from time to time however by little things. For example, I was updating some information on a site and entered a date in the required mm/dd/yyyy format.

The edits rejected the date.

I emailed the site about "their" problem.

I tried again a couple of days latter. Surely something as basic and as common as that edit would be fixed. It wasn't.

So I clicked up my old Netscape 4.7 and tried the updates. They worked.

There are other examples such as a recent "drag and drop" requirement in a site's window that Firefox refused to do.

I have no plans to try it with Netscape 4.7 and no plans to stop using Firefox. One day I'll learn what to do about the above. No hurry.

3 posted on 11/26/2005 9:48:21 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (Move over Henny Youngman.. please! "The most trusted news source." CNN)
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To: chet_in_ny

Firefox sucks. My laptop has 128k of RAM and Firefox keeps crashing when I open other programs. Everytime I call Microsoft to complain, they want to charge me up the as*.

Bastards.

The program always notifies me that there's a memory problem. What BS. I'm going back to using my terminal program and shell account.

Does FR support that?


4 posted on 11/26/2005 9:53:18 PM PST by toddrundgrenisgod
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To: toddrundgrenisgod

lol


5 posted on 11/26/2005 9:55:00 PM PST by chet_in_ny
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To: toddrundgrenisgod
My laptop has 128k of RAM

There's your problem right there.

Does your laptop also displays "Syntax Error" too?

6 posted on 11/26/2005 10:01:42 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (JOE WILSON IS A MUTHAFAKING LIAR)
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To: Panerai

It's not ready for prime time. It's made of communism. Using Firefox helps the Chinese produce nuclear weapons with which to kill American children. If Bill Gates had wanted you to have tabbed browsing, he would have given it to you.


7 posted on 11/26/2005 10:06:53 PM PST by Nick Danger (www.vvlf.org)
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To: toddrundgrenisgod

Sorry you are having trouble. I have been using Firefox everyday for pert-near a year, and no problems on my end.


8 posted on 11/26/2005 10:11:27 PM PST by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: GregoTX
I use FireFox too and I love it. Can't wait for the new upgrade.

I almost feel a little guilty using it for free. The creators of Firefox should have charged a one-time download fee of $10. They'd be rich as hell.

9 posted on 11/26/2005 10:14:29 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (JOE WILSON IS A MUTHAFAKING LIAR)
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To: N3WBI3; ShadowAce; Tribune7; frogjerk; Salo; LTCJ; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; clyde asbury; amigatec; ...

OSS PING

If you are interested in the OSS ping list please mail me

10 posted on 11/26/2005 10:15:32 PM PST by N3WBI3 (If SCO wants to go fishing they should buy a permit and find a lake like the rest of us..)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
I like Firefox (on it now) because of the tabbed windows. On some sites, though, it freezes and I can't enter text into edit windows.

I don't get it when people say no popups with Firefox. I have popups turned off (as I did in IE), but I still get them at the same rate I do on IE.
11 posted on 11/26/2005 10:16:30 PM PST by MarkeyD (Cowards cut and run. Marines finish the job. I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: toddrundgrenisgod
Try this for lightweight browsing
12 posted on 11/26/2005 10:19:19 PM PST by N3WBI3 (If SCO wants to go fishing they should buy a permit and find a lake like the rest of us..)
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To: Panerai

I got yer tabs right here --> http://www.avantbrowser.com/


13 posted on 11/26/2005 10:20:35 PM PST by WSGilcrest (Tinky likes it!)
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To: Panerai

bump


14 posted on 11/26/2005 10:21:56 PM PST by VOA
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Have you downloaded Mozilla's other stuff such as the email client or others? I havnt, but been considering it.


15 posted on 11/26/2005 10:23:07 PM PST by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Like most OSS projects they do take donations..


16 posted on 11/26/2005 10:23:27 PM PST by N3WBI3 (If SCO wants to go fishing they should buy a permit and find a lake like the rest of us..)
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To: Panerai
Can I post a video of it crashing?

I admit though, it doesn't crash as much once I removed certain extensions.
17 posted on 11/26/2005 10:29:41 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: MarkeyD
I don't get it when people say no popups with Firefox

I can count on one hand the number of "pop unders" I've had since using Firefox.

And I think that only happens when I visit a really weird website. (I visited some site posted here today about waitress complaints of celeberity customers, and it gave me a pop under.)
18 posted on 11/26/2005 10:32:58 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: MarkeyD

Have you upgraded to the lastest version (1.07), it has stopped popups very efficently on OSX and Windows XP from my experiences.


19 posted on 11/26/2005 10:33:31 PM PST by chet_in_ny
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To: Nick Danger

No, you got it wrong-

Firefox is to pollo as Sputnik is to IE and Safari, lol.


20 posted on 11/26/2005 10:35:06 PM PST by chet_in_ny
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To: chet_in_ny

CORRECTION: Apollo


21 posted on 11/26/2005 10:36:02 PM PST by chet_in_ny
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To: GregoTX

No I just have the regular browser, which is far superior than the one that SBC/Yahoo uses.


22 posted on 11/26/2005 10:38:17 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (JOE WILSON IS A MUTHAFAKING LIAR)
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To: chet_in_ny

I am at 1.07 I guess they are the "pop-unders" as described previously.


23 posted on 11/26/2005 10:39:25 PM PST by MarkeyD (Cowards cut and run. Marines finish the job. I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

I primarily use Firefox. However, it does have quirks such as the way it deals with cookies. I like my Cookie Pal in IE much better. I've never had one popup using Firefox. And most of the time it's faster than IE. Plus IE has added two more rows of useless icons which clutter the screen, whereas Firefox doesn't add anything.


24 posted on 11/26/2005 10:41:41 PM PST by The Westerner
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To: MarkeyD

Drudge is a good site to test popup blocker browsers on, the advertisers there have some nasty malware- good luck, one last suggestion- are you behind a firewall?


25 posted on 11/26/2005 10:47:32 PM PST by chet_in_ny
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To: chet_in_ny

Drudge is typically where I get the pop-unders. I am behind a firewall.


26 posted on 11/26/2005 10:51:05 PM PST by MarkeyD (Cowards cut and run. Marines finish the job. I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: MarkeyD; chet_in_ny
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/experimental/popupsdie/

Give it a try.

27 posted on 11/26/2005 10:51:35 PM PST by Calvinist_Dark_Lord (I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper)
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To: Calvinist_Dark_Lord
Firefox is a fine browser, considering it's still a relatively young program. It's been in development for less time than Opera and IE, so bugs are expected, though the fix time is usually very fast.

It will be a super browser by 2.0(currently at 1.5rc3)

ps. AvantBrowser is also fine for those times when you need the basic features of FF, but with IE tech, as it's a shell for IE. I still use it, along with Maxthon(another shell)
28 posted on 11/26/2005 11:17:53 PM PST by catbertz
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To: Calvinist_Dark_Lord

thanks for the link, although i am fine with the current 1.07 release for about a month now, I will bookmark accordingly though.


29 posted on 11/26/2005 11:20:57 PM PST by chet_in_ny
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To: Panerai

Paying to advertise a free product. This makes about as much sense as a whore advertising her wares in church.


30 posted on 11/26/2005 11:26:06 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: VeniVidiVici

You may have inadvertently stumbled onto a new business plan.


31 posted on 11/26/2005 11:42:46 PM PST by billybudd
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To: toddrundgrenisgod

Inspired by your post, I downloaded Lynx and have been browsing Free Republic using it.

Lynx is a text based, UNIX commandline style, WWW browser.

Sadly, it takes up considerably more than 128K of memory.


32 posted on 11/27/2005 12:10:45 AM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Panerai
Google Gets Closer To Firefox
November 09, 2005
By Antone Gonsalves


The Mountain View, Calif., search-engine giant is providing its ad publishers with a set of buttons that Web site visitors can use to download Firefox with the Google Toolbar, which is a browser add-in that takes a user directly to Google services, Mozilla said this week. Site operators using the buttons will be paid $1 each time someone installs the browser and toolbar.

The buttons are part of a new feature Google has introduced in its AdSense program, which shares revenue with Web site operators that agree to carry advertising from Google. AdSense Referral is for site publishers looking to make money by using Google-provided buttons linking to products and services.

Google has had a close relationship with Mozilla for sometime. Firefox ships with Google search built into the browser. The latest deal expands that relationship by getting the browser on Google's huge ad network.

Firefox competes with Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer, which dominates the browser market. Microsoft and Google are fierce rivals. Microsoft, which considers the search engines a key competitor, is making a major push in the growing online advertising market where Google and Yahoo Inc. have earned billions of dollars.

33 posted on 11/27/2005 1:43:03 AM PST by Eagle9
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To: chet_in_ny

I've been using Firefox for a while now - I like it. I like the minimalist nature of the browser. (I don't install extensions)

There's a beta of the upcoming v1.5 (current beta is called Release Candidate 3) you can download at the Mozilla site, the 1.5 version includes auto-notify of program upgrades and says it will update online.

Presumably that means users will no longer need to uninstall then re-install to upgrade. I received an auto-notify of the upgrade from rc2 to rc3 a week or two ago, but upgraded manually the old way. I might try the upgrade option next time.

Don't get popups. Ever. Not sure which layer of security is responsible for that though.

Currently posting this on 1.5rc3 - curious to see whether I'll have an opportunity to upgrade to the final version via online update next week. :)


34 posted on 11/27/2005 1:57:10 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (Hyphenated-Americans unite!!)
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To: MarkeyD
I have popups turned off (as I did in IE), but I still get them at the same rate I do on IE.

Strange. In a year of daily use at home, I've had literally three or four popups.

The Drudge Report is supposedly a good test, and I never get a popup there with Firefox.
35 posted on 11/27/2005 5:59:06 AM PST by clyde asbury (MCSE == Minesweeper Consultant / Solitaire Expert)
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To: MarkeyD; clyde asbury

http://www.pierceive.com/

This contains updated filtersets for the adblock plugin.

Clyde Asbury: it's Microsoft Certified Sales Employee or Must Call Someone Else.


36 posted on 11/27/2005 6:39:16 AM PST by Salo (He hath touched me with his noodly appendage. Ramen.)
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To: Salo
I like Must Call Someone Else/Experienced, and Marginal Computer Software Enthusiast.

The problem is People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms.
37 posted on 11/27/2005 7:01:37 AM PST by clyde asbury (MCSE == Minesweeper Consultant / Solitaire Expert)
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To: Panerai
Interesting videos.
38 posted on 11/27/2005 9:35:56 AM PST by clyde asbury (MCSE == Minesweeper Consultant / Solitaire Expert)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; All
I have dial up, and have trouble downloading patches, updates. I have to take computer to shop every yr to have them do it on DSL.

Does anyone know if I can get around the dial up issue. No service available here but dialup.

39 posted on 11/27/2005 9:47:55 AM PST by ncpatriot
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To: Panerai

I can't remember the last time I had a pop-up. Been using Mozilla and Firefox for several yrs.

There are some sites that don't render correctly w/ Firefox but there's a fix for that.

There is an extension you can add that reads 'open with IE'. That fixs the problem. (I don't have the url for the download but I'm sure it will come along shortly)

You can add an icon for it to your toolbar.


40 posted on 11/27/2005 10:07:32 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: toddrundgrenisgod

Have you considered upgrading to windows 98?


41 posted on 11/27/2005 10:14:17 AM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: ncpatriot
Does anyone know if I can get around the dial up issue. No service available here but dialup.
High-speed satellite Internet access is ideal for businesses and people that can't subscribe to traditional high-speed Internet access methods. I have access to both cable and DSL, otherwise I would check prices of the different packages offered for a two-way satellite connection. Satellite Internet Access

42 posted on 11/27/2005 10:49:28 AM PST by Eagle9
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To: GregoTX
Have you downloaded Mozilla's other stuff such as the email client

My wife loves thunderbird. I still use Kmail.

43 posted on 11/27/2005 1:01:21 PM PST by chronic_loser (Handle provided free of charge as flame bait for the neurally vacant.)
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To: ncpatriot
I have dial up, and have trouble downloading patches, updates. I have to take computer to shop every yr to have them do it on DSL. Does anyone know if I can get around the dial up issue. No service available here but dialup.

Post here on FR and offer to pay the dollar for the cd and shipping and people will d/l if for you. I have sent out about 8 distros of Linux for people who wanted to try it but couldn't stomach the long d/l time.

44 posted on 11/27/2005 1:05:52 PM PST by chronic_loser (Handle provided free of charge as flame bait for the neurally vacant.)
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To: chronic_loser

Thanks, CL!


45 posted on 11/27/2005 2:10:32 PM PST by ncpatriot
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