Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Sep 2018 22:15 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

Earlier today, Mozilla pushed Firefox 62 for desktop and Android. With the release, Mozilla has introduced an UI refresh for the new tabs page as well as several dialogs like for adding or editing a bookmark, several performance enhancements to speed up browsing, and some security enhancements.

The first change that users will notice is the refreshed new tab page; with Firefox 62 users can now display up to four rows of top sites, Pocket stories and highlights. Currently, you get one row of top sites, and depending on your location you may not even get shown Pocket stories. Another UI changes that you’ll notice is in the menu where you can toggle tracking protection on and off easily.

On the performance side of things, Windows users will now get improved graphics rendering without accelerated hardware using Parallel-Off-Main-Thread Painting. Additionally, support for CSS Shapes allows for richer web page layouts, and CSS Variable Fonts support allows the browser to render "beautiful typography" with a single font file.

I don't feel it makes any sense to highlight every browser release, but randomly picking a release to talk about here on OSNews only makes sense - especially for a loyal mainstay like Firefox.

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RE: bookmark descriptions
by sj87 on Thu 6th Sep 2018 07:54 UTC in reply to "bookmark descriptions"
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Also Firefox 52 ESR is no longer supported, so XP (or Server 2003) holdouts don't have an up to date browser from Mozilla anymore. If you (or some forgotten device) are on XP still, the only option I can dig up for a maintained browser is Otter Browser ( ) though releases this year are a bit scarce

Please don't scam yourself. Otter Browser is built with Qt 5 that will also receive its EOL on Windows XP in just a couple of months. Already now, the last XP-supported release is from September 2017 and there might actually be no additional release before the scheduled end-of-life for Qt 5.6 LTS at the end of this year.

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