Firefox 98 arrives with improvements in downloads, for developers and more

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Mozilla, the non-profit organization responsible for the Firefox browser, recently released the release of the new version of Firefox 98.0 which is already available for Windows, macOS and Linux (with a mobile version for iOS and Android).

This new version It is characterized by providing better support for the download flow, provides developers access to the Compatibility side panel of the DevTools inspector and provides compatibility warnings for CSS properties used on the selected element.

Main new features of Firefox 98

Firefox has been busy redesigning its browser interface and providing users with more privacy and performance improvements, as well as a wide range of convenient browsing tools.

For, developer benefit, the Compatibility side panel of the DevTools Inspector, previously available on preview channels, available and provides compatibility warnings for CSS properties used on the selected element, as well as for the entire page. Developers can use it to quickly detect web compatibility issues, without having to test across browsers.

Another new feature of Firefox 98 is that youIt has a new optimized download flow, since “Instead of asking you every time, the files will be downloaded automatically. However, they can still be opened from the download panel with a single click,” says Mozilla.

When downloading a Firefox version 98 file, the user can set a preference to open similar files by right-clicking the download item in the Downloads panel.

Default settings show a new section with experimental features which the user can test at his own risk. For example, for testing, the ability to cache the home page, SameSite=Lax and SameSite=None modes, CSS Masonry Layout , additional panels for web developers, Firefox 100 settings in the User-Agent header, global flags to turn off the sound and microphone are available.

On the other hand, in the version for the platform Android provides the ability to change the background image on the home page and adds support for clearing cookies and site data for a single domain.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • Changed logic for launching plugins that use the webRequest API.
    Added support for HTML tag » “, which allows you to generate dialogs and components for interactive user interaction, such as closeable alerts and nested windows.
  • Implementation of the custom elements specification has added support for adding custom elements related to input processing.
  • The navigator.registerProtocolHandler() method implements support for registering protocol handlers for the ftp, sftp, and ftps URL schemes.
  • Added the HTMLElement.outerText property, which returns the content inside the DOM node, just like the HTMLElement.innerText property, but unlike the latter, when writing, it doesn't replace the content inside the node, but the entire node.
  • Disabled by default WebVR API, which has been deprecated (set dom.vr.enabled=true to return to about:config).
  • Added compatibility panel to web development tools.

Finally If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can learn more about it in the following link

How to install the new version of Firefox 98 on Linux?

Ubuntu users, Linux Mint or some other derivative of Ubuntu, They can install or update to this new version with the help of the browser's PPA.

This can be added to the system by opening a terminal and executing the following command in it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa -y
sudo apt-get update

Done this now they just have to install with:

sudo apt install firefox

For Arch Linux users and derivatives, just run in a terminal:

sudo pacman -S firefox

Now for those who are Fedora users or any other distribution derived from it:

sudo dnf install firefox

Finally if they are openSUSE usersThey can rely on community repositories, from which they can add Mozilla's to their system.

This can be done with a terminal and in it by typing:

su -
zypper ar -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_Leap_15.1/ mozilla
zypper ref
zypper dup --from mozilla

For, all other Linux distributions can download the binary packages from the following link.  


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