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steven36 posted a topic in Software NewsBy Marius Nestor In 2016 Mozilla launched an important redesign of Firefox, the goal to deny both the impact of the browser in the light of competition, including Chrome. This project came about with the release of Firefox Quantum (version 57) at the end of 2017. Highly appreciated by the users and the specialized press, Firefox Quantum would have allowed the free and free browser to return to the foreground of the scene. That's right, we're talking here about Firefox 65, the next major release of the popular open-source web browser used by millions of computer and mobile users worldwide. With the Firefox 65 release, Mozilla adds support for the WebP image format for all platforms, the ability to change the UI's display language in the Options page, as well as AV1 video codec support for Window users. macOS users would be happy to learn that with the Firefox 65 release they'll be able to continue browsing from their iPhone or iPad devices on their Macs as this release supports the Handoff feature. There's also good news for Linux users as they will finally be able to switch tabs by scrolling in the tab bar. Also, Windows users can now install Firefox using an MSI installer. Firefox 65 brings enhanced security for Linux, Android, and macOS To help ensure the security of our digital lives, Mozilla is adding an extra layer of security to the Linux, Android, and macOS platforms by implementing an enhanced stack smashing protection in Firefox 65, which will be enabled by default for all users. Additionally, Firefox 65 comes with an updated Content Blocking section in the Privacy & Security panel and much simpler blocking options in Control Center's Options page. Among other noteworthy improvements coming to the Firefox 65 web browser, we can mention the ability to set Firefox to warn you when closing the window even if it's configured to automatically restore the last browsing session on the next launch, as well as support for reporting the memory usage for each resource in the updated Task Manager page that's accessible if you type about:performance in the address bar. The Firefox 65 release also comes with some new features and improvements for web developers, such as a new Flexbox inspector tool capable of detecting and highlighting Flexbox containers and debug the size of Flex items, support for the Storage Access API on all supported desktop platforms, as well as the ability to track all CSS changes made in the Rules panel via the new Changes tab. The final Mozilla Firefox 65 release is expected to hit the streets for all supported platforms, including Linux, Android, Windows, and macOS, at the end of the month, on January 29th. As usual, it will be a free, incremental OTA (Over-the-Air) update for all users, but if you can't wait until then, you can try out the latest beta version for Linux, Mac, and Windows right now . Source
Mozilla is bringing support for Google's WebP image format to Firefox 65. The WebP image format was created by Google as a modern format designed for displaying images on the web. "WebP lossless images are 26% smaller in size compared to PNGs. WebP lossy images are 25-34% smaller than comparable JPEG images at equivalent SSIM quality index." states Google. Popular browsers such as Chrome, Opera, and Edge already support the WebP image format and with the release of version 65, Firefox will as well. Unfortunately, even with Firefox 65, WebP support is not currently enabled by default as can be seen when you go to Google's WebP gallery. WebP not enabled in Firefox 65 To enable WebP support in Firefox, you need to go to the about:config page and set the image.webp.enabled setting to true using the following instructions. In the Firefox address bar enter about:config and press enter. A page will open stating that "This might void your warranty!". Click on the "I accept the risk!" button. 3. To enable WebP, search for webp and when the image.webp.enabled setting appears, double-click on it to set its value to true. Once WebP is enabled, Firefox will be able to properly render WebP images as shown below. While the decision to use the WebP image format is dependent on the particular image, one thing is clear; the more image formats that a browser supports is only better for the end user. Source