Firefox hits 20% share as testers tickle 'pr0n mode'
Mozilla gets its jiggy on
Popular browser Firefox has snatched more than 20 per cent market share during two separate weeks in October, according to new statistics.
Net Applications, which compiled the data, claimed that Mozilla’s web browser crossed the significant threshold for the week starting 5 October, and, since then, has continued to float around the 20 per cent mark.
At the same time, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has lost ground. It now holds around 71 per cent market share in the hotly contested browser wars. Whether that will change when the firm brings out IE8 remains to be seen, however.
Mozilla released Firefox 3 into an enthusiastic market in June this year. Meanwhile, IE8 is expected to land sometime in January 2009.
Opera also recently brought an updated version of its browser into play, and internet kingpin Google even got in on the act in September with the launch of Chrome.
In related news, Mozilla released its new
private browsing porn mode feature to testers fiddling with beta versions of Firefox 3.1 earlier this week.
Microsoft spurted out a second beta of IE8 in late August that included the controversial “InPrivate Browsing” tool. The feature, when enabled, will switch off cookies, browsing and search history, and it won't save form data and passwords. In addition, it will automatically clear the cache at the end of the browser session.
Now, the latest Firefox 3.1 beta comes loaded with a similar wipe clean tool.
Firefox programmer Ehsan Akhgar explained in a blog post yesterday why Mozilla has done a sudden U-turn by adding the porn mode to Firefox 3.1.
"Private browsing aims to help you make sure that your web browsing activities don't leave any trace on your own computer," he said.
Mozilla previously shied away from adopting a “porn mode” feature in its browser. But in September it responded to challenges from browser rivals Apple, Microsoft and Google by reviving private browsing features in Firefox. ®
thats why you only store the stuff encrypted in ram, its only stored decoded directly on screen. ok you can't "copy & paste" etc, but thats by design
@ David Kelly; @ Claire; @Sceptical Bastard
I agree FULLY with SB. write w3c complient pages, and EVERY REASONABLE BROWSER works with them. In addition you get the advantage of remembering to include support for making your page more accessable (like for blind computer users).
note: many versions of IE are not "reasonable" as they do not properly process xhtml without browser optimisations. but these things should be the exception to workaround a browser-bug, not the rule. (or better yet, how come the richest company makeing a browser can't seem to manage to keep up with w3c specs? maybe they could work on shipping a solid browser rather then a flash look-alike?)
on a seperate note: "grabbing a chunk of memory" likely wouldnt work either, unless all OSes FF runs on allow you to tag the memory as "non-pageable" if it ever hits the HD for any reason, your SOL... if your that parinoid.
mines the one with the saved el Reg password
The Distrust plugin? Only if you trust the other users of your computer enough to let them know that you distrust them enough to not know where you've been.
You guys don't seem to get what this feature is for. I, for one, would prefer my browsing history retain useful things like where I've been so I can actually go back through my browsing history to find them. Trashing everything every time I close the browser would get annoying pretty quickly. This feature (that El Reg claims to be in FF 3.1b1, BUT ISN'T) is so folks like me don't have to manually clear specific entries after-the-fact.