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Waterfox 39.0 Release

Waterfox 39.0 is now available to download for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. Waterfox Search is also available to use to raise money for charity!

Hey! So it has been a while since I’ve made a post due to a lot happening in the background. As always your feedback is really important in shaping how these things go. There’s now a small group of people who help develop the mobile apps and search engine separately from Waterfox.

I’d recommend reading this post about the search engine and what it’s about.

Waterfox Search

The Waterfox search engine is now live at https://search.waterfoxproject.org or from the browser since 38.1, just select it as your search engine to test it out! 39 will have it as the default search for new users. This search engine helps raise money for charity when you shop online, by taking commissions from retailers when you buy from their site. The websites who are part of the program will have a “GIVE” icon shown next to their link on the search results page. By choosing to shop on these sites, you will be generating funds for good causes.

Anonymity and Privacy

This has been a strong point for Waterfox and you don’t have to worry about any of your information here - we don’t collect any and the advertisers have NO clue who you are (we hide any information that could potentially identify you, similar to the way StartPage do it).

There is an issue though with generating revenue at checkouts for various stores such as Amazon in that the affiliate networks that generate money for the charities need to store a cookie to tell when you’ve completed a purchase. To counteract this, we take this cookie first and remove any of its abilities to know how you are, essentially making you anonymous to the affiliates.

I know Waterfox users are very tech savvy, so if you aren’t comfortable by this or think this is a bad idea, please let me know. It’s hard to find a way to get around this, as the affiliate needs to know when you make a purchase from one of the retailers. If you’d like diagrams or something similar to show the process, maybe that might help as well? Any idea for this would be greatly appreciated.

Mobile Apps

The mobile apps are developed in-house, which I hope you’ll enjoy some originality! They’re available to test at this current point in time for iOS and Android, still waiting for approval on Windows Phone and BlackBerry. As always, please leave any feedback :-)

Waterfox 39

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Sorry for the delay on this, Waterfox has switched to an Extended Validation code signing certificate and it delayed the release by about two weeks.

What’s New this release?

You can view all of the changes made in Firefox 39.0 at the []release notes](https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/39.0/releasenotes/).

I hope everyone is as happy and excited about all these releases as I am - this is a great opportunity to do some real good on the web and with your feedback, we’ll be able to make the search experience as you want it. At the moment the it may seem slightly UK focused, but US users have access as well to retailers raising money for charity. We’ll be choosing a US based charity fairly soon.

Feedback

Please post your feedback in this thread, tell me exactly how you’d imagine your perfect search experience and what you like/don’t like about the search. Everything, down to the privacy policy or the colour of a link you don’t like. After 4 years, it’s about time Waterfox started to make some waves.

Initial Charity

The first Charity which money will be given to is WellChild. There are thousands of children and young people in the UK living with a long-term or complex health conditions. WellChild is the national charity working to ensure the best possible care and support for all these children and their families wherever they are and whenever they need it.

In the coming weeks you’ll be able to register and choose your own charity including Oxfam, Red Cross and Cancer Research just to name a few.

Side Note

Here’s some press about all this as well, you even get to see my face and learn a little about who I am :-)

The Telegraph - New search engine from Waterfox founder aims to take a punch at Google

The University of York - Outfoxing the internet giants – York student aims high with his ethical browser

The University of York - University of York student awarded Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award

Trusted Reviews - From bedroom coder to building a Google search engine rival

These are all from interviewers who spoke to me directly! Also like I keep repeating don’t forget to leave feedback, good or bad :-)

Smaller Side Note

Just to let you know there’s also an unbranded version for users who don’t use Waterfox called Storm and a new registered company called Storm Technologies (don’t worry, just to handle giving to charity as it’s highly regulated by the government and so a company needed to be set up for this). Only reason for this is that we couldn’t use the name Waterfox to raise money for charities due to possible legal issues with the name.



 

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A shout out to

 

  1. msuguy71
  2. Quantum Reality
  3. Andre Chappel
  4. Nick2253
  5. Jack Pieron
  6. Dean Surkin
  7. MaimiWeiss
  8. Richard Haire
  9. DE MARCO, LLC
  10. Garrett Anderson
  11. Mark Greenway
  12. Brenda Fernández
  13. Matthew Trump
  14. Kevin Blas

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WOW a 64bit? I still don't know if i should try it. Cuz it's a modified browser. Kinda sketchy but i await results from others til i try, i applaud you for adding 64bit!
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WOW a 64bit? I still don't know if i should try it. Cuz it's a modified browser. Kinda sketchy but i await results from others til i try, i applaud you for adding 64bit!

Thanks. I hardly did much, just recompiled the program tongue.gif
    
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Wonder if it's also SSE2 optimized - if so I'll give it a go smile.gif
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Wonder if it's also SSE2 optimized - if so I'll give it a go smile.gif

In the next build I'll be enabling the following optimisations:
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  • SSE3
There is also the option to add SSE4.1 but lots of users still use AMD processors and old Core 2 Duo CPUs, such as me biggrin.gif
    
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Wow, that is awesome biggrin.gif I think I'll be switching to waterfox pending 64-bit plugin support for 1 or 2 things such as Silverlight that I will probably find easily!
What's awesome is firefox 4 is already fast enough but I can imagine this would be a lot faster
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Wow, that is awesome biggrin.gif I think I'll be switching to waterfox pending 64-bit plugin support for 1 or 2 things such as Silverlight that I will probably find easily!
What's awesome is firefox 4 is already fast enough but I can imagine this would be a lot faster

Voila. The new build is now available, and it's been done properly this time biggrin.gif everything is named correctly too thumb.gif

Also, Silverlight 5 will bring 64-Bit support. Current release date is 1H 2011 tongue.gif
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Awesome! wheee.gif will be downloading and importing my firefox profile soon!
And meh, I don't visit many sites (if at all) that use Silverlight yet anyway

EDIT: I get an MSVCR100.dll is missing from your computer error on startup. Trying to fix this error myself now by d/l-ing the DLL and placing it in the program folder...
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Awesome! wheee.gif will be downloading and importing my firefox profile soon!
And meh, I don't visit many sites (if at all) that use Silverlight yet anyway

EDIT: I get an MSVCR100.dll is missing from your computer error on startup. Trying to fix this error myself now by d/l-ing the DLL and placing it in the program folder...

Sorry my mistake. Updated the thread with the missing file required.
    
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Nearly forgot to launch the install - this is certainly much much faster! Even adapted to my Firefox profile upon first startup which is great, so I can revert to regular firefox in case of issues. I'm definitely liking it so far wheee.gif

I'm going to put a link to Waterfox in my "Optimizing Firefox" article (see sig)
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