Mozilla released Few days ago the launch of the new version 86 of the Firefox browser which comes with various improvements, bug fixes and especially some new functions.
Of all the new features that are introduced, the biggest change refers to privacy and data protection. Mozilla has incorporated a feature that should make it impossible for cookies to track users.
Regarding cookies, Mozilla had already implemented other functionality in version 85 from your browser. Firefox 85 was released with a super cookie protection layer to prevent hidden trackers from tracking Firefox users' activity while browsing the internet.
Another novelty that is presented in this new version of Firefox 86 is the ability to view multiple videos at once in picture-in-picture mode. Before version 86, trying to watch another video automatically separated the first one.
On the other hand, it stands out that a new interface has been activated to preview a document before printing for all users and integration with printer system configuration has been provided.
The new interface works by analogy with the reader mode and leads to the opening of a preview in the current tab, replacing the existing content. The sidebar provides tools for selecting a printer, adjusting the page layout, changing print settings, and controlling whether headers and backgrounds are printed.
We can also find that rendering operations for Canvas and WebGL elements have been moved to a separate process responsible for outsourcing operations to the GPU. The change significantly improved the stability and performance of sites that use WebGL and Canvas.
In addition to the innovations in Firefox 86, 25 vulnerabilities have been corrected, of which 18 are marked as dangerous, 15 vulnerabilities (compiled for CVE-2021-23979 and CVE-2021-23978) are caused by memory problems, such as buffer overflows and access to already freed memory areas. These problems could potentially lead to the execution of attacking code when opening specially crafted pages.
Finally, it should be mentioned that in the beta version of Firefox 87 the power to disable the backspace key driver is highlighted default outside the context of input forms. The removal of the handler is explained by the fact that the Backspace key is actively used when writing forms, but if the input form is out of focus, it is treated as if it went to the previous page, which can lead to loss of typed text due to to involuntary movement to another page.
How to install the new version of Firefox 85 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:
zypper ar -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_Leap_15.1/ mozilla
zypper dup --from mozilla
For, all other Linux distributions can download the binary packages from the following link.