Firefox 77 is here and comes with AVIF support, WebRender enhancements, crashes and more

The new version of the popular web browser "Firefox 77" is here, as well as the mobile version of Firefox 68.9 for the Android platform, in addition, an update of the long-term support version of Firefox 68.9.0 has been generated.

Among the main innovations key to this release, the addition of a new service page is highlighted "About: certificate" to access the built-in certificate viewing interface. In the interface, you can list the saved certificates, view the details of each certificate, and export them (even though the import support is not available yet).

Another major change is the experimental support for the AVIF image format, which uses intra-frame compression technology of the AV1 video encoding format that is supported since Firefox 55. (to enable AVIF in about: config, the option image.avif.enabled.)

The container for distributing compressed data in AVIF is completely similar to HEIF. AVIF supports HDR (high dynamic range) images and wide gamut color space, as well as standard dynamic range (SDR).

In addition, It is also noted that the number of systems for lThe composition system is included webrender, written in the Rust language that enables a significant increase in rendering speed and lower CPU load.

WebRender brings page content rendering operations to the GPU side, which are implemented through shaders run on the GPU. WebRender is now enabled on computers with Intel Skylake GT1, AMD Raven Ridge APU, AMD Evergreen and laptops with NVIDIA graphics cards running Windows 10. To force inclusion in about: config, enable the settings «gfx.webrender.all "and" gfx .webrender.enabled «Or start Firefox with the environment variable set MOZ_WEBRENDER = 1.

On the part of the address bar it stands out that the analysis of search phrases has been improved. Words with a period are now evaluated for communication with real domains.

While in the configurator a new item has been added to the cookie blocking methods drop down block in the settings to block the motion tracking blocking to dynamically isolate cookies by the domain shown in the address bar.

To simplify lTo navigation on devices with touch screens, the indentation in the bookmarks bar has been increased (When you open a new tab, the new Megabar address bar partially overlaps the bookmarks bar and leaves little room to click).

Finally, if you want to know more about this new version of the browser, you can check the details In the following link. 

How to install or update the new version of Firefox 77 on Linux?

For those who are interested in being able to install this new version or update to it, they should follow the instructions that we share below.

If you are a user of Ubuntu, Linux Mint or some other derivative of Ubuntu, You 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

In the case of Arch Linux users and derivatives, just run in a terminal:

sudo pacman -Syu

Or to install with:

sudo pacman -S firefox

Finally for those who prefer to use Snap packages, They will be able to install the new version as soon as it is released in the Snap repositories.

But they can get the package directly from Mozilla's FTP. With the help of a terminal by typing the following command:

wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/77.0/snap/firefox-77.0.snap

And to install the package we just type:

sudo snap install firefox-77.0.snap

Finally, you can get the browser with the latest installation method that was added "Flatpak". To do this, they must have support for this type of package.

Installation is done by typing:

flatpak install flathub org.mozilla.firefox

For, all other Linux distributions can download the binary packages from the following link.


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