Archives For Firefox

Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox 63.0 was released one day ago. All current Ubuntu releases can install it through security & updates repositories.

Firefox 63.0 release highlights:

  • Performance and visual improvements for Windows users.
  • Faster tab switching, reactivity improvements for macOS users.
  • Opt to block third-party tracking cookies or block all trackers and create exceptions for trusted sites
  • WebExtensions now run in their own process on Linux
  • Added search shortcuts for Top Sites: Amazon and Google appear as Top Sites tiles on the Firefox Home (New Tab) page.
  • The Ctrl+Tab shortcut now displays thumbnail previews of your tabs

Upgrade to Firefox 63 in Ubuntu:

The Ubuntu Mozilla Team has published the new Firefox packages for Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and their derivatives.

Simply open Software Updater (Update Manager), and install the updates after checking for updates:

If you don’t see the Firefox updates, go to Software & Updates -> Update and make sure security & updates repositories are enabled.

Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox 62.0 was released a day ago with new features, performance improvements, and various security fixes.

Firefox 62.0 release highlights:

  • Firefox Home (the default New Tab) allows to display up to 4 rows of top sites, Pocket stories, and highlights
  • “Reopen in Container” tab menu option appears for users with Containers that lets them choose to reopen a tab in a different container
  • A preference allows users to distrust certificates issued by Symantec. (go to about:config in the address bar and set the preference “security.pki.distrust_ca_policy” to 2.)
  • Added FreeBSD support for WebAuthn
  • Improved graphics rendering for Windows users without accelerated hardware
  • Support for CSS Shapes, allowing for richer web page layouts. This goes hand in hand with a brand new Shape Path Editor in the CSS inspector.
  • CSS Variable Fonts (OpenType Font Variations) support, which makes it possible to create beautiful typography with a single font file
  • AutoConfig is sandboxed to the documented API by default. You can disable the sandbox by setting the preference general.config.sandbox_enabled to false.
  • Added Canadian English (en-CA) locale, and various bug-fixes.

Download / Install Firefox in Ubuntu:

As usual, Ubuntu Mozilla Team will publish the new Firefox release packages through Ubuntu security & updates repositories.

So just wait and Firefix 62 will be available for upgrade via Software Updater in 2 or 3 days.

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Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox 61.0 was released a few hours ago with further more performance improvements, new features, and safer online experience.

Firefox 61.0 release highlights:

  • Faster page rendering with Quantum CSS improvements and the new retained display list feature
  • Faster switching between tabs on Windows and Linux
  • WebExtensions now run in their own process on MacOS
  • Ability to add search engines to the address bar “Search with” tool from the page action menu.
  • On-by-default support for the latest draft of the TLS 1.3 specification
  • Access to FTP subresources inside http(s) pages has been blocked
  • Improvements for dark theme support across the entire Firefox user interface
  • Added support to allow WebExtensions to hide tabs
  • Improved bookmark syncing

Download / Install Firefox 61

Ubuntu Mozilla team will package the new Firefox release, and publish it in updates / security repositories.

The new release packages will be usually available in a few days, at that time you can install it via Software Updater.

Firefox 55

To make Firefox web browser looks better in Ubuntu Gnome desktop, you can now hide the title bar at the top of the browser to get Gnome-style application header bar.

1. The new feature was introduced in Firefox 60 that was released 2 days ago. So first upgrade your Firefox web browser using Software Updater utility.

2. Then launch Firefox and go to Menu -> Customize…

3. Next you’ll see the “Title Bar” checkbox in the left bottom of customize tab.

Un-check it to hide the title bar and done.

Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox 60 was released a few hours ago with new enterprise features, Web Authentication / YubiKey support, and new tab enhancements.

“Firefox 60 offers something for everyone and a little something extra for everyone who deploys Firefox in an enterprise environment. This release includes changes that give you more content and more ways to customize your New Tab/Firefox Home. It also introduces support for the Web Authentication API, which means you can log in to websites in Firefox with USB tokens like YubiKey.”

Firefox 60 release highlights:

  • Added a policy engine that allows customized Firefox deployments in enterprise environments.
  • Enhancements to New Tab / Firefox Home.
  • Redesigned Cookies and Site Storage section in Preferences
  • Added support for Web Authentication API.
  • Applied Quantum CSS to render browser UI
  • Added an option for Linux users to show or hide page titles in a bar at the top of the browser.
  • Improved WebRTC audio performance and playback for Linux users
  • Enhanced camera privacy indicators.
  • And various security fixes.

Install / Upgrade in Ubuntu:

Ubuntu offers the latest Firefox packages though the updates and security repositories.

Once Firefox 60 packages (check the build page) are published in the repositories, you can install or upgrade it via Software Updater:

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