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December 10, 2009

Thunderbird 3

Filed under: Google, Mozilla — tuxicity @ 7:19 pm

The Thunderbird3 package has arrived in Archlinux, and makes Thunderbird2 instantly obsolete.

When I started Thunderbird3 it asked me 3 (three) questions.
  1. How do you want your name displayed
  2. Whats your E-Mail adress
  3. Whats the password, with a tic box for remembering password.

After that Thunderbird probed and detected my Gmail settings, including imap, ssl and what not

And thats all I had to do to set up my (Gmail) account.
Thunderbird3 rocks! , use it.

October 24, 2007

Howto : Make Flash Player 9 work in full screen mode

Filed under: Browsers, Distributions, firefox, linux, Mozilla, Netscape, opera, Tuxicity — tuxicity @ 1:14 pm

To get Flash Player 9 to work in full screen mod mode you need Flash, build , a prerelease of the next version of Flash

On most distros the Stable version of Flash: is available

To get the prerelease of Flash you need to go to adobe.labs.com
The release notes of this prerelease version can be read here
And as you can read there in the fixed Issues :

In full-screen mode on Linux, playing odd-width movies (with screen widths not divisible by 16) may cause a crash.

Is fixed 🙂
It basically means ‘full screen Flash works now in Linux’ yaaay!!

Rpm based distros are lucky, they can upgrade with download Plugin for Linux x86 (RPM, 2.88 MB)
Other distros need to uninstall their original plugin and Download Plugin for Linux x86 (TAR.GZ, 2.88 MB)

Extract the TAR.GZ (usually a rightclick and a extract here will do) , then continue on your terminal:

cd /path/to/install_flash_player_9_linux/

If you use firefox or mozilla run the installer:


It will ask some questions and install flash locally
You can also run it as root (sudo) if you wish, but usually this is not needed.
You can also copy the plugin into the pluginfolder of your preferred browser:
as root (sudo)

cp libflashplayer.so /path/to/your/preferred/browser/plugins/

If all this sounds alien/confusing to you, just be patient for your next update of flash in your distro, which will probably solve the full screen issue.


Resources: labs.adobe.com , labs.abobe.com releasenotes

June 7, 2007

Fix Small fonts on certain websites for Firefox, Seamonkey Internet Suite and Netscape Navigator 9

Filed under: firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, Seamonkey, Tuxicity — tuxicity @ 2:50 pm

Default font setting for Firefox is 72 dpi. That is not good enough for me , my eyesight is not as good as 20 years ago and on some websites letters are tinier then ever for my poor old eyes.

In the good old days there was a way to resolve this in the settings of the Mozilla browser (Now Seamonkey) and set it to 96 dpi.

Nowadays this has to be done with a keystroke in the address bar of Firefox.

Key in :


in the filter of the about:config page key in:


double click the layout.css.dpi, the pop-up that appears can be set it to 96, and if thats still too small, to 120 or whatever your preference is, but rendering of sites might not be proper anymore.

In this way this small font size issue is fixed, without getting strangely rendered websites, due to manually setting the minimum fontsize, from “none” to for example “12”, what can cause problems with, for example, filling in forms.

Works the same way on the Seamonkey Internet Suite and Netscape Navigator 9.

Time to get my eyes checked,


April 9, 2007

Make Firefox full screen even better with Fullerscreen

Filed under: firefox, Mozilla — tuxicity @ 7:04 am

Fullerscreen is an Add-on for Firefox making full screen truly “full screen”.

An interesting experience if you are used to the common F11 setting of Firefox.


February 9, 2007

Mozilla updates Firefox 3.0 preview

Filed under: firefox, Mozilla — tuxicity @ 6:47 pm

Mozilla Corp. yesterday released the second alpha version of what will become its Firefox 3.0 Web browser. The release is the latest milestone in a plan to put the open-source browser in users’ hands during the second half of the year.
Mozilla updates Firefox 3.0 preview :: More..

February 6, 2007

Speed Up Firefox web browser ?? Not really

Filed under: firefox, Mozilla, Tuxicity — tuxicity @ 1:29 pm

An article about speeding up your Firefox web browser caught my interest since I enjoy enhancing my Internet experience.

Unfortunately applying all these bells and whistles, explained with wonderfully detailed screenshots, did not do anything for me and my browser.

I can imagine after all those tweaks one believes his browser is faster, and even if he noticed no improvement what so ever, would he dare to admit to it ?

Well I dare and dare others to also admit there is nothing whatsoever faster on your Firefox web-browser after these, in my opinion, bogus tweaks.

February 4, 2007

Thunderbird 2 Beta 2 and Phishing.

Filed under: Blogroll, Kubuntu, Mozilla, Tuxicity, Ubuntu — tuxicity @ 5:06 pm

As I was checking my mail one of them was a Phishing Mail.

Thunderbird 2 Beta 2 handles it very nicely, after clicking the link, as you can see on this screenshot.

Thunderbird 2 Beta 2 and Phishing.

Here is how i installed Thunderbird 2 Beta 2 on Ubuntu.
It rocks. 🙂

February 2, 2007

Microsoft browser rival Mozilla eyes China

Filed under: Mozilla — tuxicity @ 1:08 pm

Microsoft browser rival Mozilla eyes China | Reuters.com >>

By Sophie Taylor

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Mozilla.org, which makes Firefox, the most popular Web browser alternative to Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer, is setting up a China office to do battle in the world’s second-largest Web market.

California-based Mozilla already has a presence in China via a not-for-profit Foundation supporting open-source software projects, but the Beijing office will be its first real corporate presence, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer John Lilly said on Friday.

“It’s not our goal to make sure that everyone in the world is using Firefox. My main goal is that people know there’s a choice — that going on the Internet is not just clicking the blue ‘E’,” Lilly told Reuters in a telephone interview, referring to the Internet Explorer desktop icon.

Open-source software is intended to be copied and modified freely by users, leaving developers to make money from selling features and technical support, unlike paid-for proprietary software such as Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

Mozilla employs 100 staff worldwide, but has a much larger community of volunteers who test, tweak and share open-source software such as Linux, on which Firefox is based.

Mozilla operates through tie-ups with Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., targeting individual Web surfers, while open-source heavyweight and main Linux distributor Red Hat Inc. and, recently, Oracle Corp., target corporate clients.

Mozilla’s aim is to educate an organic open-source community in China who will adapt the technology to suit local tastes and become “Mozilla with Chinese characteristics”, Lilly said.

Mozilla — which has an office in Tokyo and volunteer staff in Taiwan — hopes to raise its slice of the China market to match its 9 percent share in Japan in a “couple years”, he added.

The company has around 80 million to 100 million users globally and around one million in China, Lilly said. China is the world’s second-largest Internet market after the United States, with around 137 million users.


In China, stricter government rules on piracy and expensive software licences might encourage more consumers to turn to open-source technology, industry watchers say.

Ever keen to develop home-grown technology, Beijing is also working on its own computer operating system and third-generation wireless standard, as well as its answer to the open-source movement — state-backed Linux distributor Red Flag Software.

Microsoft’s Explorer remains the most widely used software to surf the Web, but the long gap between major releases has allowed the emergence of its most formidable browser competitor since it vanquished the once-dominant Netscape.

Mozilla Firefox pitches itself as a more secure browser against “malware” — software that users download unknowingly and is difficult to remove — and has steadily gained users since its debut in 2004.

Its fastest-growing market is Europe, where it has a one-fifth market share, Lilly said, defining Europe as mostly western Europe and the Czech Republic.

Internet Explorer registered an 86 percent global share in October, Mozilla Firefox 11.5 percent and both Apple Computer Inc.’s Safari and Norway’s Opera Software, had less than 2 percent between them, according to OneStat.com.

Market researcher IDC estimates that the worldwide Linux business will grow 25.9 percent annually to more than $40 billion by 2008.

January 24, 2007

Install native Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 beta 2 on Ubuntu

Filed under: Mozilla, Tuxicity, Ubuntu — tuxicity @ 1:45 pm

Download the Thunderbird package from this ftp-folder.
Extract the package in Nautilus; rightclick, extract here…..
Move the extracted folder to /usr/local/ :
Open your terminal and do :

sudo mv /path/to/thunderbird /usr/local/

To make thunderbird executable with the command “thunderbird” do (one line):

sudo ln -s /usr/local/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/local/bin/thunderbird

If you wish to add the new thunderbird to your menu open alacarte with the command “alacarte”:
Select internet , then new item, name it Thunderbird or Thunderbird2.0 if you wish to run it next to the official ubuntu package.
Command is thunderbird.
Click the no icon button and select the thunderbird icon from here: /usr/local/thunderbird/icons
Click ok and make your selection.

Not happy with the new thunderbird ?

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/thunderbird/
sudo rm /usr/local/bin/thunderbird

Remove it from your menu with alacarte.

Tuxicity .

January 11, 2007

Adobe, Mozilla Peeling Flash Player

Filed under: Mozilla, Open Source — tuxicity @ 12:11 pm

Adobe offering source code for Flash Player to the Mozilla Foundation.

Adobe has extended its support to open source community. The company has contributed source code for the ActionScript Virtual Machine, the standards-based scripting language engine in Adobe Flash Player, to the Mozilla Foundation. Using the source code, Mozilla will host a new open source project, called Tamarin.
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