Slovene l10n Update

For my Slovene speaking readers…

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The Slovene locale team made the Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 cutoff, so now test builds are available. Please try them out and report any issues. More details are over at our new blog set up by Matjaž Horvat.

Our work is not done. Next up we are going to finish the rest of the in-product Web pages, and then begin to tackle Thunderbird and Calendar which have not got much attention (esp. TB) in a while.

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Extensions and Business

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Fred Wilson recently asked: Can You Build A Business on Browser Extensions?

Alex Iskold tries to respond: Can Browser Add-ons Be Business?

Well, this question has been answered a long time, as companies have been building extensions for Firefox for years, and the Mozilla Suite before that. Yet as mentioned in both articles, the extensions are supplementary to a broader range of services that a company offers, or one of many entry points into those services. Indeed, this is the case with many of my clients, where there is typically a Firefox extension and an IE plugin, interfacing with functionality available on the web site. The multiple pieces are not dependent on each other. There are some flagship products built exclusively as an extension to drive the company. Two examples that come to mind are Foxmarks and Allpeers.

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A Note to Fotofox Users About Firefox 3

Update 2008-08-27 : Version 1.1, compatible with Firefox 3, has been released.

Question:

When will Fotofox be available for Firefox 3?

Official answer:

In short, it is coming, but I don’t have an exact timeline. I predict about 2 weeks.

Unofficial answer:

We (at Briks) have been up to our gills in other work and this never made it to the top of the queue. It has been FF3 compatible a while now for the most part, but we got stuck on an XPCOM registration issue that broke some services, including Flickr, and have not had a chance to revisit.

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Translate Toolkit and Firefox – a Primer

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I recently took over the string management for the Slovene (sl) locale of Firefox. To make a long story short, the strings have not been maintained for a while and nobody was doing it for Firefox 3. To miss out on Firefox 3 would be a disaster, especially considering that Slovenia has consistently been in the top 2 for Firefox adoption in Europe of the last couple of years.

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