Gal, recruited six years ago by former CTO and short-lived CEO Brendan Eich, brings continuity to the nonprofit organization's top techie job.
Programmers are considering beefing up a version of Firefox 3.6 with some features planned for 3.7. Will that speed or slow the browser advancement?
The File interface, a draft standard, is designed to give browsers better uploads. Firefox 3.6 beta 4 supports the technology.
Firefox 3.5 introduces a new embeddable font feature that can make Web typography much more visually appealing. But type foundries have to play along.
Mozilla likes the idea of bringing its browser to Google's mobile phone operating system, and the release of the Native Development Kit could make that possible.
With Firefox 3.5, Mozilla hopes to "upgrade the Web" with new features such as faster performance, built-in video, and new graphics technology.
Release Candidate 1 for Firefox 3.5 still could be weeks away, though a widespread testing day to debug the updated browser was held Friday anyway.
The open-source browser takes another step toward a final release of version 3.5 with what's expected to be the final beta.
Web browser's third update this year fixes 12 vulnerabilities--four rated critical--and comes as its open-source developers ready the fourth beta.