Firefox 115 Released – Slashdot


William wrote: Mozilla today Firefox 115 was released. The most noticeable changes to users include:

* Hardware video decoding is now enabled for Intel GPUs on Linux.

* Migrating from another browser? You can now bring payment methods you’ve saved in Chrome-based browsers into Firefox.

* The tab manager dropdown now contains close buttons, so you can close tabs quickly.

* Firefox for Android’s new search button in the address bar lets you easily switch between search engines and search your bookmarks and browsing history.

* We’ve updated and optimized the user interface for importing data from other browsers.

* Users without platform support for H264 video decoding can now fall back to Cisco’s OpenH264 plugin for playback.

But the most important feature of this release is the new ESR. Why is this important? Everyone ask:

* Many “downstream” projects are based on Firefox ESR, for example, the popular email client Thunderbird, or KaiOS (the most popular mobile operating system in India, SE Asia, Africa and LatAm) so, for better or worse, whatever it brings. (or lack thereof) version of this browser, those projects will have to use it for next year.

* Firefox ESR is the default browser for many distros such as Debian and Kali Linux, so, whatever went into this version will be there for the next year, whatever is missing will be there anyway.

* If you are on older – unsupported operating systems, such as Windows 7, 8-8.1 or MacOS 10.14 (Mojave, the last macOS with support for 32-bit apps), 10.13 or 10.12 will be automatically migrated to Firefox ESR. Be your browser until September 2024.

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