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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.

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