It’s Mozilla’s biggest release since version 1.0. Introducing Firefox Quantum aka Firefox 57. It’s claiming to be as twice as fast. It has a newly revamped rendering engine written in Rust language, a programming language developed by Mozilla’s research team. Firefox also ditched Yahoo and replaced it with Google as its default search engine. With all these improvements, is it poised for a comeback or is it a little too late?
I just updated to Firefox 54. Is it the best Firefox ever as touted by others? I’ve been using Chrome lately. Occasionally, I use Firefox just to check out to see what’s going on with the competition. Firefox 54 contains multiple content processes which prevents it from sucking up the much needed RAM. Multiple content processes improve the stability and performance because it prevents one lousy tab from affecting the performance of other tabs. You get 4 content processes as the default. If you want more, you can change the configuration from about:config. If you want to learn more about the nitty gritty of Firefox 54, check out this Mozilla’s blog post.
Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser reported that it made $421 million dollars in 2015. The reporting is one year behind. It’s not bad for a browser with a market share of just 11 percent. Google Chrome dominates the browser market at 55% followed by Internet Explorer at 23% and Microsoft Edge at 5%.
Firefox OS didn’t really catch on in the mobile market, but Mozilla is continuing to look at other areas where it may use their operating system. There are rumors swirling around that Mozilla might come up with a 10 inch tablet, a keyboard computer with a Raspberry Pi, a Firefox firewall, and a Firefox stick to the Google’s Chromecast. Read the article.
Mozilla plans to sell sponsored content, just a fancy word for advertising, in its new Tab pages. The New Tab pages will have some Mozilla-specific content, some popular websites, as well as some hand-picked sponsored content. Mozilla receives about $300 million per year from Google for making Google the default search engine for its Firefox browser. The deal is due up in December. Could it be that Mozilla is just trying to diversify its income stream just in case Google changes its mind.
This post will show you how to install the latest Firefox release on your Ubuntu desktop. Firefox has been cranking up its release schedule this past year. To keep up with the latest and greatest Firefox releases, this is what you need to do on your Ubuntu desktop.
The best way, and perhaps the easiest way, in terms of installing and updating software in Ubuntu, is to use PPA. It’s stands for Personal Package Archive. PPAs are collection of repositories that were not included in the original Ubuntu distribution.
When you add PPA repositories to our Ubuntu desktop, it allows you to update to the latest package releases, maintained by its owners. In our case, we will install the latest Firefox-stable PPA repository maintained by the Mozilla team.
To install the PPA, we simply run the following command from the Terminal. We do this only once.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
Once you have the PPA in your list of repositories, you just run the upgrade and update commands every time there’s a new release.
$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get upgrade
The Mozilla team is usually pretty good with updates. It may take a day or two after the official Mozilla Firefox release, but nevertheless you will get the latest Firefox release update within reasonable time.
Firefox 7 was just released. Update your browser or download the latest from Mozilla.
- Drastically improved memory handling for certain use cases
- Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
- Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
- The ‘http://’ URL prefix is now hidden by default
- Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
- Added support for the Web Timing specification
- Enhanced support for MathML
- The WebSocket protocol has been updated from version 7 to version 8
- Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox
- Fixed several stability issues
- Fixed several security issues
Mozilla is cranking out new versions of Firefox like its coming out of a copy machine. It seems like it every two weeks, a new version of Firefox comes out. Speaking of the devil, Firefox 6 is now out.
You won’t see anything different because there are no UI changes, but it will be 20% faster. So they say. Firefox 6 is available on PC, Mac and Linux. As of this writing, Mozilla’s website still displays Firefox 5. You may have to wait a couple of hours until the official announcement.
If you’re an Ubuntu user, just follow the instructions I wrote here for Firefox 5. This will work with future versions as well. By the way, I just tried. It’s not quite there yet. Just wait a couple of hours until the ppa repository is updated.
Firefox specialist and consultant Mike Kaply questioned Firefox’s rapid release scheduling and its negative impact on businesses:
Case in point: Firefox 4 was only released in March. Now, three months later Firefox 5.0 is out in stable release. Hence, Mozilla has ceased supporting Firefox 4.
Kaply points out that this breakneck update schedule may “work for the average user” but “it doesn’t fly in [a] corporate environment, especially places like banks”. “Expecting a company to go through a full deployment cycle of their web browser every six week is simply ludicrous.”
It’s a valid point. Banks and corporate businesses should stay with version 3.6 then, while the rest of us get the latest and greatest Firefox. It just shows that it is difficult to make everyone happy. They say development was too slow. Now, it’s too fast. What gives.
Rapid development and releases will be the norm going forward. Businesses just have to adapt to them.
Waiting for Canonical to update Mozilla Firefox with your latest Ubuntu release may take a very long time. Are you tired of waiting? Take action. Install Firefox 5 now. Why continue to run Firefox 3.6 if you can get Firefox 5 now? Firefox has sped up their development. It’s time for Canonical to match the Firefox releases. The following instructions will install the latest stable Firefox release to your current Ubuntu distribution. The current Ubuntu release is 11.04 Natty Narwhal. The current Firefox release is Firefox 5. By the way, I’m still running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and the instructions worked. This will also work for Ubuntu 10.10.
From the Terminal, run the following commands:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get upgrade
This will also update when Firefox 6 and Firefox 7 are released in the future.