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Meet The Co-Creator of Firefox 255

Posted by Hemos
from the learning-more-about-it dept.
Jay Langhurst writes "Learn more about the roots of Firefox and about the 19-year-old who co-created the browser in this article. 'To take an internship at Netscape during the summer of 2001, Ross moved with his mother to a rented apartment near Netscape's offices in Mountain View, Calif. She drove him to work each morning.'"
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Meet The Co-Creator of Firefox

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  • Re:But... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 24, 2005 @09:11AM (#11454879)
    It does in Firefox nightly development builds, and it will in Firefox 1.1, which should be out in a couple of months or so.

    Of course Slashdot could get a code cleanup before then...
  • Re:But... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Malc (1751) on Monday January 24, 2005 @09:12AM (#11454884)
    Haven't you been paying attention? Go and Google and you will learn that it was fixed in the mainline long ago, and you will also learn why it wasn't rolled in to FireFox 1.0.

    *sigh*

  • Re:But... (Score:5, Informative)

    by almostmanda (774265) on Monday January 24, 2005 @09:12AM (#11454890)
    This might be band-aiding the situation, but I haven't had to deal with the /. rendering probs since I downloaded the Slashfix [hardgrok.org] extension.
  • Re:But... (Score:5, Informative)

    by the unbeliever (201915) <chris+slashdot.atlgeek@com> on Monday January 24, 2005 @09:33AM (#11455052) Homepage
    because slashdot spits out garbage HTML that doesn't fit even the most lax of validation checks.

    slashdot's html was written back in 1997ish, and hasn't been updated since.
  • Re:Uhh...wow? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 24, 2005 @10:10AM (#11455457)
    This seems like an obvious troll, but anyway...

    As stated on http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/releases/0 .9.3.html (yes, this is for version 0.9.3; couldn't find a smilar comment regarding 1.0 or later):

    " Is Firefox just Mozilla with a couple UI tweaks?

    Firefox is substantially different, featuring a number of exclusive features and countless refinements. Well over 120,000 lines of code have been added or changed in the browser and toolkit CVS directories since the project began."
  • by digitalgimpus (468277) on Monday January 24, 2005 @10:27AM (#11455646) Homepage
    The Wired cover is available here:

    Wired.com [akamai.net]

    It's posted, just not linked up.

    Per Asa Dotzler's blog
  • Re:But... (Score:3, Informative)

    by CTho9305 (264265) on Monday January 24, 2005 @11:14AM (#11456204) Homepage
    It doesn't matter whether the HTML is garbage - it should render the same way every time you load it. However, there is a class of bugs in the gecko engine called "reflow" bugs, which only show up in certain situations, based on the timing of various events during page load, which sometimes cause the page to render differently.

    This *IS* a bug in Mozilla/Firefox, and it *HAS* been fixed for a long time (since before Firefox 1.0 was released) but the fix was not included in FF1.0 because it broke other things.

    For many reflow bugs, you can construct valid HTML that exposes it just as well as garbage "HTML".
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 24, 2005 @01:31PM (#11458119)

    Huh? Which shortcut are you talking about?

    Open the bookmarks sidebar. Right-click on a link, and hit 't'. In previous versions, it would act the same as right-clicking on a link in a page, and open the bookmark in a new tab. Right before the 1.0 release, they switched it to mean 'cut' instead. Now a user who is used to going down a list of bookmarks, opening a series of them in turn, ends up cutting out a chunk of their bookmarks. You can only paste the last one back in, so if you don't notice on the very first click, you end up losing bookmarks. Because you expected the action that worked in the last version would be safe in the current one. Because you expected the action on one link would work the same as the same action on another link. Because you expected consistency.

  • Re:But... (Score:3, Informative)

    by kaladorn (514293) on Monday January 24, 2005 @02:00PM (#11458568) Homepage Journal
    Depends what you mean by winning. If the new generation of gecko browsers drive MS into upgrading their security, adding tabbed browsing, and a host of other things that the 'others' now do, then really, the war will be won. Some people think the point is to get rid of M$. The truth is, the point is to get better software out there for everyone. And in that sense, Firefox and the others can make this a reality.

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