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Updates 6/30/20 - Firefox

Firefox Version 78.0 (June 30, 2020)
 
 

Firefox 78 is the last major release with support for macOS versions 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11. If you use one of these versions, you’ll be supported through Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) 78.x for the coming year.

New

  • The Protections Dashboard includes consolidated reports about tracking protection, data breaches, and password management. New features let you:

    • Track how many breaches you’ve resolved right from the dashboard
    • See if any of your saved passwords may have been exposed in a data breach

    To view your dashboard, type about:protections into the address bar, or select “Protections Dashboard” from the main menu.

  • Because we know people try to fix problems by reinstalling Firefox when a simple refresh is more likely to solve the issue, we’ve added a Refresh button to the Uninstaller.

  • With this release, your screen saver will no longer interrupt WebRTC calls on Firefox, making conference and video calling in Firefox better.

  • We’ve rolled out WebRender to Windows users with Intel GPUs, bringing improved graphics performance to an even larger audience.

  • Firefox 78 is also our Extended Support Release (ESR), where the changes made over the course of the previous 10 releases will now roll out to our ESR users. Some of the highlights are:

    • Kiosk mode
    • Client certificates
    • Service Worker and Push APIs are now enabled
    • The Block Autoplay feature is enabled
    • Picture-in-picture support
    • View and manage web certificates in about:certificate
  • Pocket recommendations, featuring some of the best stories on the web, will now appear on the Firefox new tab for 100% of our users in the UK. If you don’t see them, you can turn on Pocket articles in your new tab, follow these steps.

 

 

Fixed

  • Various security fixes.

  • We fixed bugs in the search results quality composition and improved search result texts based on recommendations by our partners.

 

 

Changed

  • The minimal system requirements on Linux have been updated. Firefox now needs GNU libc 2.17, libstdc++ 4.8.1 and GTK+ 3.14 or newer versions.

  • As part of our ongoing effort to deprecate obsolete cryptography, we have disabled all remaining DHE-based TLS ciphersuites by default.

    • To mitigate web compatibility issues from disabling DHE-based TLS ciphersuites, Firefox 78 enables two more AES-GCM SHA2-based ciphersuites.
  • We have disabled TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 to improve your website connections. Sites that don't support TLS version 1.2 will now show an error page.

  • The context menu (accessed by right clicking on a tab) lets you undo multiple tab closings with a single click and places Close Tabs to the Right and Close Other Tabs in a submenu.

  • A number of accessibility improvements have been made with this release.

    • When using the JAWS screen reader, pressing the down arrow in an HTML input control with a datalist no longer incorrectly moves the cursor to the next element after the input control.
    • Screen readers no longer severely lag or freeze when focusing the microphone/camera/screen sharing indicator.
    • Large tables with thousands of rows now load much faster for screen reader users.
    • Text input controls with custom styling now correctly show the focus outline when appropriate.
    • Screen readers no longer sometimes incorrectly switch to document browsing mode unexpectedly when the user enters the main Developer Tools window.
    • We reduced a number of animations such as tab hover, search bar expansion, and others to reduce motion for users with migraines and epilepsy.

 

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Will be available via the program's internal updater: Help / About Firefox

 

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Re: Updates 6/30/20 - Firefox

Are they rolling this FF update out in stages? I just checked using 77.0.1 (64-bit) and it says FF "is up to date".

Or is 78.0 only 32-bit?

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Re: Updates 6/30/20 - Firefox

Ron,

I have no idea what's happening.... when I check for updates, it's telling me 77.0.1 is current, and nothing newer is available.   At least one other person has reported this at Landzdown.

Yet we clearly have release notes for 78.0, saying it should have been available yesterday.

I don't really use FF at this point, so I think I'll wait a day or two (or three) to see if the updater eventually finds it.   If not, one can always manually download it.

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Re: Updates 6/30/20 - Firefox

Here's something interesting... it appears that version 78.0.1 is pending imminent release (later today or tomorrow).   That likely means they found something significant/serious in 78.0 that required an immediate patch.   So definitely, wait it out until the internal updater actually finds something.

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Re: Updates 6/30/20 - Firefox

And we now have the answer (with acknowledgement to Winchester73 for posting at Landzdown):

The [FF] rollout had to be stopped because of a bug that some users of the browser experienced after  installation of the new version. According to the official bug report -- Search engines are gone with v78.0 -- , all search engines were gone after the upgrade to the new version.

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/07/01/mozilla-pauses-firefox-78-0-rollout-prepares-firefox-78-0-1/

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Re: Updates 6/30/20 - Firefox

Firefox Version 78.0.1, first offered to Release channel users on July 1, 2020

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/78.0.1/releasenotes/

Fixed

  • Fixed an issue which could cause installed search engines to not be visible when upgrading from a previous release.

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Re: Updates 6/30/20 - Firefox

@ky331  - Thanks for the info. I got offered 78.0.1 this morning...

Makes one wonder how a bug like that could have survived all the way into the 78.0.0 release...  🙄

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