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 PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:27 pm   
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Mozilla Firefox is documented on the Mozilla Web site at https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/firefo ... etter-now/ discusses Firefox 54 and how it is improving.

The real interesting news though is about a version of Firefox being worked on now, and planned to be released in November, Firefox 57. CNET has a long article about it:
https://www.cnet.com/special-reports/mo ... le-chrome/

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 PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:40 pm   
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By the way, until Firefox 57 makes it out the door, Firefox releases from 52 forward are looking better and better; Firefox 55, the current version, is running as well as any Firefox version in quite some time and the Firefox Nightly images are working very well these days! :-)

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Noticed the installed Firefox (v54) which I'm using at the moment is a tad faster than the version I used months ago when I decided to switch to Slimjet. Good thing, because the Firefox trend wasn't looking too pretty.

The cnet article hints:
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But Firefox 57 could be the version that gets you thinking about returning — and maybe about saving the web, too.
Wow, it's going to drop Flash, force simpler HTML5 implementations, it will mandate page caching and .... the rest of the list I never bothered to complie which would make me feel like there is hope for users?

No, more likely, reading from prevalent software development history, there will be massive compatibility issues with the extensions we use.

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And 55's faster than 54 (by a small margin).

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mmmna wrote:
Noticed the installed Firefox (v54) which I'm using at the moment is a tad faster than the version I used months ago when I decided to switch to Slimjet. Good thing, because the Firefox trend wasn't looking too pretty.
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No, more likely, reading from prevalent software development history, there will be massive compatibility issues with the extensions we use.


There is indeed a risk that there could be significant changes in the way in which Firefox extensions work. Firefox has been working with extension creators for some time to make them aware of changes, and makes Nightly, Alpha, Beta, and other test images available so that when Firefox 57 is released, at least some of the extensions will work. Whether a particular developer chooses to make their extensions work with Firefox 57 is up to them. I do believe that there will be a LOT of extensions that do work, but when day 1 of Firefox 57 is available, it's likely that there will be some further changes needed - or different extensions to use in place of the previous ones.

Personally I do not use very many extensions, so I am not particularly concerned about it. The speed and the new feature set will be sufficient for my personal needs, but that's something that each person has to evaluate for themselves. Besides improved speed, fewer "phone home" components, like the numerous ones in Google Chrome, will be a significant advantage to some people. If nothing else, Mozilla is interested in software freedoms, and they are taking significant action in response to the areas they lost sight of, and are doing a lot to help shape the future "browser vision", instead of leaving it only to the whims of Google (Alphabet).

To me, whether we use Firefox or not, that's a good thing.

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I've been using the Firefox images not only with my laptop Linux systems, but also with my most recent phone, the MOTO G5 Plus.

On this system, I purchased it in an "unlocked" state, so I was able to install real Android software without a lot of vendor modifications. If I have any Verizon apps at all, they're only for bill payment convenience or contacting VZW, but I doubt that I installed ANY of them.

So I think I had Google Chrome in the initial system and I use it occasionally, but I have Firefox Focus - a mobile version of Firefox that doesn't preserve or save any details. As a result, I sometimes have to enter login details, but for just pulling up an information page, it's faster than many other mobile browsers I've used. I've also installed Firefox Nightly and detected a few issues in development, but it works well in most daily builds. The released mobile edition of Firefox is the most reliable and usable every day version, but it retains more cached information unless you explicitly tell it to remove it; but it performs well and does what it's asked; I like all three versions as a result.

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I've been using firefox stable more and more recently. Been swapping some of my add-ins for ones that are firefox-57 ready, and if umatrix and lastpass can get firefox 57 ready before the release, I seriously would be willing to reconsider going back to Firefox. While 55.0.3 isn't necessarily faster than Chrome/Chromium, or even quite AS fast, it's usably fast, and I can function easily with 1/2 dozen to a dozen tabls without it slowing to a crawl (I rarely have more than a dozen due to my simply inability to remember what's open when it gets that many).

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tlmiller wrote:
I've been using firefox stable more and more recently. Been swapping some of my add-ins for ones that are firefox-57 ready, and if umatrix and lastpass can get firefox 57 ready before the release, I seriously would be willing to reconsider going back to Firefox. While 55.0.3 isn't necessarily faster than Chrome/Chromium, or even quite AS fast, it's usably fast, and I can function easily with 1/2 dozen to a dozen tabls without it slowing to a crawl (I rarely have more than a dozen due to my simply inability to remember what's open when it gets that many).


Wow! A DOZEN tabs! You have a better memory than I do if you can get anywhere near remembering that many! I typically operate with just a few tabs - 1-2 are the usual, but I'll get up to 3-4 max, whether using IE at work, or Chrome, Firefox, or Seamonkey at home. Anything over 4 tabs and I'm either system memory or PERSONAL memory CHALLENGED! (LOL)

Now that I have my MOTO G5 Plus phone working well, I can report that:

1) I am happy with it.
2) I don't have a lot of bloatware, either from VZW or any other source.
3) I use either Firefox or Firefox-Nightly on the mobile device.

Firefox Nightly sometimes has stability issues, but it IS a nightly build. I rarely, however, have any issues with stability of the regular Firefox builds. On the phone, Firefox seems a bit quicker to me than Google Chrome, though not by a huge amount.

I see even less difference on my Dell Inspiron 5558.

At work, I can use either Google Chrome - looks like I have Version 60.0.3112.113 (Official Build) (64-bit), IE 11.0.9600.18738, a.k.a, Version 11.0.44 (KB402552) - which gets periodically updated with automated system changes, or Firefox ESR 45.5.1, all company installed/updated according to their schedule. I have a Dell Latitude E7450 in the office.

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