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April 15, 2005

Inside Firefox 1.0.3

Tags: mozilla.org — 10:31 pm Comments (1)

Seeing the dedication of the Mozilla community (which you and I are a part) with the Firefox 1.0.3 and Mozilla 1.7.7 release, first hand is just amazing. It’s not new as we’ve been doing this for quite some time, but it’s always, always awesome to see.

People’s Friday evening plans are rescheduled, weekend plans, working with folks (as is usual) from all over the world whether it’s Germany, Japan, too many countries to list.

The press won’t see this dedication or maybe they will. Maybe they’ll see all the different people involved from top companies and top community members working on the issues. Maybe they’ll see the feedback loop and the high quality standards we’ve set for our products. Maybe they’ll see that when we say we are passionate about security, we mean it. Maybe they’ll see the fast response time and think of some of the personal sacrifices.

We do our best to work with the press to get the word out to make sure users get the latest security updates. It’s tough when the press makes a story out of it instead of making it a public service announcement. The press may go in and compare us to MSFT (it’s always favorable) but still not what the focus should be. Or they’ll be completely off the mark trying to explain JavaScript engine memory heap vulnerability in their own words, but lately they’ve been pretty good.

Going forward, Firefox’s update mechanism will be the primary mechanism for notifying users of updates versus also using a full on media blitz to get the word out that an update is available. Press releases for security updates seem to cause confusion so we’ve been going with a security Q&A that we give to reporters that has some better clarification.



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  1. “Press releases for security updates seem to cause confusion so we’ve been going with a security Q&A that we give to reporters that has some better clarification.”

    Any chance we can see a copy of this?

    Comment by Mr Lizard — April 20, 2005 @ 2:18 pm

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