A few moments ago we published an article in which we told you about an unofficial launch: Linux Mint 19.3 Beta is now downloadable, but the official release (not stable) will be tomorrow. Tomorrow there will also be another official release, in this case stable: Firefox 71 It will arrive in about 24 hours. But if we are writing this article today it is because, as the beta of the next version of Linux Mint, the v71 of the fox browser is now available for download.
Insisting that the launch is not officialInterested users can download the new version from Mozilla's FTP server, which you can access from here!. As you can see, the path that appears above is /pub/firefox/releases/71.0, and in the "Releases" section only "Released" versions appear. This means that what is available now is the same as tomorrow, so we can already install the new version 24 hours in advance.
Firefox 71 will introduce a new Kiosk mode
At the time of writing, and of course, the list of new features for Firefox 71 has not yet been revealed. The page where they will be included is already enabled (here!), but they will not add the news until the launch is official. Yes, some are known that were already available in the latest beta, like a new Kiosk mode that will allow us to open an instance of Firefox in which we enter directly in full screen and we will not have access to the URL bar. To launch it, we will have to write "firefox –kiosk", without the quotes, in the terminal.
Another of the most outstanding novelties, and as unfortunately is usual, is that Windows users will have the option to watch videos in Picture-in-Picture: starting with Firefox 71 on Windows, when we play a video from services like YouTube, a small blue box will appear on the right that will allow us to take the video off the browser. Linux users will have to wait for a future version of the Mozilla browser or activate it manually from about: config.
If, like me, you prefer to wait for the official launch, Firefox 71 will appear as update tomorrow on Windows, macOS and in the binary version of Linux, but we will have to wait a little longer if what we are using is a version from official repositories.