Firefox 122 is out

Firefox 122 is out

Firefox 122 was released on January 23, 2024. In the new version, an official .deb package for Linux (Ubuntu, Debian and Linux Mint) appeared, support for “Access Keys” was added on macOS (passkeys in iCloud Keychain on macOS) , access” in form autofill dialogs on all platforms, and fixes have been made to the code to work on older AMD processors, where previously incorrect thumbnail displays were observed.

According to the developers’ explanation, this is the first major release of the browser in 2024, which includes a large number of improvements and additions, as well as where previously identified security problems are patched.

In the past, some developers, such as the Linux Mint team, created their own .deb packages for Firefox to avoid using Ubuntu’s version of Snap. Now, with an official package from Mozilla, they won’t need to support yet another program. This is a useful improvement for Linux users who prefer not to use Snap or Flatpak versions of Firefox.

According to the browser’s development team, Mozilla’s official .deb package provides improved performance thanks to compiler-level optimizations, secure binaries with compile-time security enabled, access to the latest updates as soon as possible, and the ability to continue working in the browser. package. The package includes a .desktop file for placing a shortcut on the desktop and the distribution menu.

Instructions for installing Firefox from the Mozilla APT repository.

Other improvements and additions in Firefox 122, according to OpenNET:

  • the browser can display images and text descriptions of search results, if the search engine supports this function;

  • MDN Web Docs article suggestions: When searching for information related to web development, the browser suggests articles from the MDN Web Docs site;

  • the quality of page translation has been improved using the built-in machine translation system. Problems with the disappearance of the translated page and disruption of interactive widgets have been solved;

  • to improve protection against XSS attacks and to improve cross-browser portability, SVGUseElement has deprecated the “data:” URL;

  • in private viewing mode, scripts were given the ability to save data through API Cache in order to unify behavior in private and normal modes (the existing difference could be used to determine the user’s work in private mode);

  • WebRTC includes support for the Uneven Level Protection Forward Error Correction (ULPFEC) mechanism by default, which allows recovery of damaged or lost packets. Application of ULPFEC makes it possible to improve video quality for users with faulty communication channels;

  • in web developer tools in inspect mode when editing a selector or properties, pressing the Enter key now confirms the input and sets the focus to the corresponding element, instead of moving the focus to the next input field (to move focus to the next field);

  • in the version for Android, it is possible to enable the GPC (Global Privacy Control) mechanism, which replaced the “DNT” (Do Not Track) header and allows you to inform sites about the prohibition of selling personal data and using it to track preferences or movements between sites. It is possible to set Firefox as the default program for viewing PDFs. To strengthen protection against passive user identification, the User-Agent header now displays “Android 10” regardless of the actual platform version.

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