Archives For Firefox

Firefox 50

Mozilla Firefox browser has now reached the 50 release, with updated keyboard shortcuts, other new features, various security fixes and more.

According to the release note, Firefox 50 features:

  • Updates to keyboard shortcuts
    • Set a preference to have Ctrl+Tab cycle through tabs in recently used order
    • View a page in Reader Mode by using Ctrl+Alt+R (command+alt+r on Mac)
  • Added option to Find in page that allows users to limit search to whole words only
  • Increased availability of WebGL to more than 98 percent of users on Windows 7 and newer
  • Added download protection for a large number of executable file types on Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Improved performance for SDK extensions or extensions using the SDK module loader
  • Playback video on more sites without plugins with WebM EME Support for Widevine on Windows and Mac
  • Fixed rendering of dashed and dotted borders with rounded corners
  • Added a built-in Emoji set for operating systems without native Emoji fonts (Windows 8.0 and lower and Linux)

Download / Install Firefox 50 in Ubuntu:

For the portable non-install version, please go to

For Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and derivatives, Canonical will soon offer the new Firefox 50 updates via the updates/security repository. Check out the build page.

At that time, just launch Software Updater and upgrade Firefox after checking for updates.

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Firefox 49

Mozilla Firefox browser has now reached the 49 release, features HTML5, Reader Mode, and video performance improvements, and Firefox Hello removement.

Mozilla Firefox 49 release highlights:

  • Removed Firefox Hello
  • Add features to Reader Mode:
    • Controls that allow users to adjust the width and line spacing of text
    • Narrate, which reads the content of a page out loud
  • Improved video performance for users on systems that support SSSE3 without hardware acceleration
  • Added context menu controls to HTML5 audio and video
  • Other Windows, Mac improvements and various security fixes.

Firefox 49

How to upgrade to Firefox 49 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and their derivatives. The new firefox release will be made into the official Ubuntu updates & security repositories, check the launchpad page.

At that time, you can easily upgrade Firefox browser using the Software Updater (or Update Manager in Mint) utility:

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Firefox 48

Mozilla Firefox 48.0 was released on Tuesday. The biggest change is that Electrolysis (E10S), the multiple processes architecture, is beginning to be enabled by default.

Electrolysis is the project name for Mozilla’s efforts to split Firefox into multiple processes to improve responsiveness, stability, and security. The first phase of this work was to split Firefox into a UI process and a content process.

Besides enabling E10S for some users. Firefox 48 also features:

  • Download Protection: potentially unwanted software and uncommon downloads.
  • Add-ons that have not been verified and signed by Mozilla will not load
  • Better Canvas performance with speedy Skia support for Linux
  • WebRTC embetterments:
    • Delay-agnostic AEC enabled
    • Full duplex for GNU/Linux enabled
    • ICE Restart & Update is supported
    • Cloning of MediaStream and MediaStreamTrack is now supported
  • Searching and various security improvements, and more at release page.

How to upgrade to Firefox 48 in Ubuntu:

The new Firefox release will be made into Updates/Security repositories very soon, available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 12.04. (Check out THIS PAGE)

At that time, just launch Software Updater and install available updates after checking for updates.

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If for some reason you don’t receive the updates for Firefox 48, launch Software & Updates and:

  • select Download from “Main Server” in first tab.
  • make sure the security and updates repositories enabled in Updates tab.


Firefox GTK3 Support

Mozilla Firefox has reached the 46 release, which features GTK3 integration for GNU/Linux, security improvement for the JavaScript, and some fixes:

  • Correct rendering for scaled SVGs that use a clip and a mask
  • Various security fixes
  • Screen reader behavior with blank spaces in Google Docs corrected
  • WebRTC fixes to improve performance and stability
  • For details, see the release note.


Upgrade Firefox in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into universe repositories of all current Ubuntu releases and derivatives. Just run Software Updater and install the available update for Firefox after checking for updates.

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Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox web browser has reached version 45. Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and their derivatives can now upgrade it via Software Updater.

Firefox 45 comes with following changes:

  • Instant browser tab sharing through Hello
  • Tabs synced via Firefox Accounts from other devices are now shown in dropdown area of Awesome Bar when searching
  • Synced Tabs button in button bar
  • a new preference (network.dns.blockDotOnion) to allow blocking .onion at the DNS level
  • Tab Groups (Panorama) feature removed
  • HTML5 improvements with ES6 classes, a Web Speech synthesis API, and Push API support
  • For more, see the release notes

Firefox 45

Upgrade to Firefox 45 in Ubuntu:

Ubuntu Team has made the new release into updates/security repositories for all current Ubuntu releases.

So just launch Software Updater, and you’ll see Firefox 45 available in update list after checking for updates:

Upgrade to Firebox 45

If you don’t see it, please launch Software & Updates and do:

  • switch to “Main Sever” after “Download from” drop-box in first tab.
  • make sure the “important security updates” and “recommended updates” are enabled in Updates tab

Finally, relaunch Software Updater to upgrade Firefox web browser.