Thursday, January 26, 2017

Install Firefox 51 Released with FLAC, WebGL 2 Support on Ubuntu

Mozilla Firefox web browser has reached the 51 stable release today, features FLAC playback, WebGL 2, video performance improvements, security fixes and other enhancements.

Firefox 51 Changelog : 
  •     Added support for FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) playback
  •     Improved reliability of browser data sync
  •     An even faster E10s! Tab Switching is better!
  •     Added Georgian (ka) and Kabyle (kab) locales
  •     A warning is displayed when a login page does not have a secure connection
  •     Added support for WebGL 2, with advanced graphics rendering features like transform feedback, improved texturing capabilities, and a new sophisticated shading language
  •     Firefox will save passwords even in forms that do not have “submit” events
  •     Improved video performance for users without GPU acceleration for less CPU usage and a better full screen experience
  •     Added a zoom button in the URL bar:
    •   Displays percent above or below 100 percent when a user has changed the page zoom setting from the default
    •   Lets users return to the default setting by clicking on the button
  •     Users can view passwords in the save password prompt before saving them
  •     Remove Belarusian (be) locale
  •     Various security fixes
  •     Updated to NSS 3.28.1
  •     Re-enabled E10s support for Russian (ru) locale
  •     Use 2D graphics library (Skia) for content rendering on Linux

Installation instructions:

Add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the Firefox package:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install firefox
    Optional, to remove Firefox, do:

 $ sudo apt-get remove firefox

To check your Firefox version on Ubuntu, go to Help > About Firefox.

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