The new version of Firefox 76 has already been released and these are its news

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Mozilla developers released yesterday the launch of version 76.0 of your Firefox browser which is already available for download or update for the different operating systems (Windows, Linux and macOS)

This new version comes with some pretty cool features, In addition to that improvements are also implemented and especially bug fixes of which the solution of two bugs that were cataloged as important were announced.

In this new version 52 developers participated, including 50 volunteers and it presents a series of new features, such as strengthening the protection of user ID and password, the support of audio worklets that allow you to join Zoom calls via browser or implementation of the WebRender rendering engine on Intel laptops.

Main new features of Firefox 76

The most important new feature is the improvement of user security of the browser, thanks to the integration of the Lockwise password manager. The latter can be accessed in the "Connections and passwords" section of Firefox 76 which directly alerts the user when the password they use is vulnerable, one of your online accounts has been implicated in a website breach or the same password is used for other websites.

Also, this version of Firefox 76.0 brings 11 security patches, including one related to memory security bugs in Firefox 75 and Firefox ESR 68.7.

"Some of these bugs have shown evidence of memory corruption and we assume that with enough effort, some of them could have been exploited to execute arbitrary code," says Mozilla.

On the developer improvements side, changes were made to DevTools, which now mimics device behavior to handle two touches to zoom. This builds on previous improvements to the correct rendering of meta window tags, allowing developers to optimize their sites for Firefox for Android without a device.

Inspection of WebSocket now supports ActionCable message preview, adding to the list of automatically formatted protocols like socket.io, SignalR, WAMP, etc.

Mozilla announces in particular that Firefox 76 supports audio worklets which enable complex audio processing, like virtual reality and online games.

These Audio Worklets provide a useful way to run custom JavaScript audio processing code. With this new feature, users can make Zoom calls directly in the browser, without having to download add-ons (available for Chrome, Safari and Firefox).

For users of Firefox for Windows, the WebRender rendering engine is now available by default on recent Intel laptops with a resolution of 1920 × 1200 or less.

Finally, if you want to know more about this new version, you can check the details in the following link

How to install the new version of Firefox 76 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 -Syu

Or to install the browser, they can do it with the following command:

sudo pacman -S firefox

Now for those who are Fedora users or any other distribution derived from it, just open a terminal and type the following command on it (if you already have a previous version of the browser installed):

sudo dnf update --refresh firefox

Or to install:

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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  1.   omeza said

    Excellent, I am going to test the audio worklet with Zoom today.

    Regards,
    Oscar