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Firefox 88 Is Now Available for Download, Enables WebRender for KDE/Xfce Intel/AMD Users

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While it still doesn’t enable AVIF image format support by default, despite the fact that the beta version shipped with AVIF enabled by default, Firefox 88 promises to enable the WebRender feature by default for users using the KDE Plasma and Xfce desktop environments on Intel/AMD machines.

As you can imagine, this makes your web browsing experience faster and more reliable. Mozilla already shipped WebRender by default for GNOME/X11 users with the Firefox 84 release, but now they are expanding it to more Linux configurations where they believe it’s ready for production use.

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Firefox 88 Released with Pinch Zoom Touchpad Gesture Support

  • Firefox 88 Released with Pinch Zoom Touchpad Gesture Support for Linux

    Mozilla Firefox 88.0 was released today. For Linux users now it supports for smooth pinch-zooming using a touchpad.

    Besides that, Firefox 88 introduced a new protection against privacy leaks. Now it confines the window.name property to the website that created it. And it will clear the window.name property when navigating between websites to potential privacy leakage.

Firefox 88 Released With FTP Support Disabled, Support For Java

  • Firefox 88 Released With FTP Support Disabled, Support For JavaScript In PDFs

    Firefox 88.0 is out today as the latest version of Mozilla's web browser.

    In addition to beginning the QUIC and HTTP/3 roll-out, Firefox 88 has a number of other improvements in tow. Firefox 88 now supports PDF forms that have JavaScript embedded in PDF files... Apparently JS in PDF is a thing for form validation and other interactive elements. Firefox 88.0 on Linux also now supports smooth pinch-zooming using a touchpad, various security improvements, and FTP support has been disabled ahead of its complete removal coming in the near future. The complete removal of FTP support is expected to happen for Firefox 90.

More on Firefox 88 and Firefox in version 89

  • Firefox 88.0 and 78.10 ESR

    Firefox 88 has been released. New features include support for PDF forms with embedded JavaScript and smooth pinch-zooming using a touchpad, and better protection against cross-site privacy leaks. See this article for more information on how Firefox 88 combats window.name privacy abuses.

  • Hacks.Mozilla.Org: Never too late for Firefox 88

    April is upon us, and we have a most timely release for you — Firefox 88. In this release you will find a bunch of nice CSS additions including :user-valid and :user-invalid support and image-set() support, support for regular expression match indices, removal of FTP protocol support for enhanced security, and more!

  • Changes to themeable areas of Firefox in version 89 | Mozilla Add-ons Blog

    Firefox’s visual appearance will be updated in version 89 to provide a cleaner, modernized interface. Since some of the changes will affect themeable areas of the browser, we wanted to give theme artists a preview of what to expect as the appearance of their themes may change when applied to version 89.

  • Mozilla Security Blog: Firefox 88 combats window.name privacy abuses

    We are pleased to announce that Firefox 88 is introducing a new protection against privacy leaks on the web. Under new limitations imposed by Firefox, trackers are no longer able to abuse the window.name property to track users across websites.

    Since the late 1990s, web browsers have made the window.name property available to web pages as a place to store data. Unfortunately, data stored in window.name has been allowed by standard browser rules to leak between websites, enabling trackers to identify users or snoop on their browsing history. To close this leak, Firefox now confines the window.name property to the website that created it.

Firefox 88 Released

  • Firefox 88 Released, This is What’s New

    The latest version of the famed FOSS app enabled ‘smooth pinch-zooming using a touchpad’ on Linux systems. Additionally, the browser’s built-in PDF form filler now supports JavaScript embeds within PDF files (often used for verification).

    Mozilla says it’s bolstered the browser’s privacy credentials even further in this release by enforcing additional rules to prevent cross-site privacy leaks.

    It’s not all feature additions, however.

    Firefox 88 disables FTP support within the browser. Mozilla say the feature is not widely used and, as is, presents a ‘security risk’ as FTP is a non-encrypted protocol. The feature will be stripped out entirely in a future release.

    Talking of unused features, this update removes the “Take a Screenshot” feature from the Page Actions menu in the url bar (what sits behind the … icon).

Mozilla Firefox 88 Is Released

  • Mozilla Firefox 88 Is Released

    Mozilla begun developing a brand new web browser engine called Webrender as part of a independent web browser project called Servo ages ago. They begun porting it to Firefox as part of a "project Quantum" in 2016. Mozilla has made it the default compositor on Linux in Firefox 88. It is, as of Firefox 88, enabled even if gfx.webrender.enabled is set to false in the special configuration interface you can get by typing about:config into the Firefox address bar. It is possible to disable it by setting the special gfx.webrender.force-disabled key to false.

    Webrender provides dismal performance out-of-the-box on GNU/Linux. It's just slow. Mozilla has, luckily, introduced a brand new configuration key for GNU+Linux users using the X display server in about:config called gfx.x11-egl.force-enabled. Flipping that switch makes Firefox render the output form the Webrender compositor using EGL. It is much, much faster. Earlier versions required setting a environmental variable called MOZ_X11_EGL=1 to enable it. That route is still the only options if you are using a Firefox ESR release. See HOWTO Make Mozilla Firefox Blazing Fast On Linux for benchmarks for some detailed benchmarks of Firefox with Webrender and the old Gecko compositor with and without EGL.

Firefox 88 Released With Several Important Updates

  • Firefox 88 Released With Several Important Updates, Proton Is On Its Way

    Mozilla Firefox 88 is the final version of Firefox to ship before Mozilla gives Firefox a facelift with the new Proton interface.

    The most important change in Firefox 88 is the fact that Mozilla has disabled support for the FTP protocol. At this point, when Firefox encounters an FTP link, it will attempt to pass it off to an external application.

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    Firefox will no longer allow websites to access the window.name set by other sites by clearing the property when users navigate to new websites. This property has been available for websites to store whatever data they choose to. Whenever the user navigates back to a website, Firefox will restore the property to its previous value for that site. This change definitely improve user privacy.

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