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17 November 2009, 09:43

Mozilla Weave goes beta

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Mozilla Labs has released the first beta of Weave, the bookmarks, passwords and more, syncing add-on and service for the Firefox browser. Weave 1.0 Beta 1 is a more polished version of the earlier versions of the syncing utility, with a simpler and less obtrusive user interface and faster syncing.

The improvement in syncing performance is achieved by analysing the "interestingness" of the user's data and synchronising the most interesting items first. Interestingness is saved as a 'frecency' value on the Weave server so other synchronising clients can easily discover new interesting items to synchronise (frecency – a compound of frequency and recency). A chunking mechanism also helps boost the performance, breaking up data into "chunks" and synchronising in the background.

Weave allows users to use a net-based service to synchronise their data securely; data saved on the service is encrypted using a passphrase which the user enters locally. The passphrase isn't transmitted to the service. It is also possible to configure your own Weave server.

Weave is available to download and install from the Mozilla Weave project page and is licensed under the Mozilla Public Licence.


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