Firefox 88 arrived a day earlier than expected, but with WebRender also activated in Plasma and XFCE

Firefox 88

On Mozilla's agenda, today the 20th was scheduled to launch Firefox 88. We do not know why they modified their plans, but in the end they launched the new version of their web browser the day before, yesterday, Monday, April 19. Temporary anecdote aside, this installment of the fox browser has arrived with visual changes, although they have little or nothing to do with those that will arrive from the version that will be released in four weeks.

The most obvious change is that, about six months apart, they have finally managed to fix the bug that prevented Alpenglow Dark will be activated on Linux. Alpenglow is a theme that is installed by default and that joins the light and dark, and has its own light and dark versions that are activated depending on the theme we use in our operating system. Alpenglow Dark already works on Linux, but its tones are purple, and not black or gray.

Highlights of Firefox 88

  • PDF forms now support embedded JavaScript in PDF files.
  • Print updates: Margin units are now localized.
  • Now you can smooth zoom with a touchpad in Linux (pinch-to-zoom).
  • To protect against cross-site privacy leaks, Firefox now isolates the window.name data to the website that created it.
  • Screen readers no longer misread content that websites have visually hidden, as in the case of articles in the Google help panel.
  • Firefox will not request access to your microphone or camera if you have already granted access to the same device on the same site and on the same tab in the last 50 seconds.
  • The "Take a screenshot" function has been removed from the Page Actions menu in the address bar. To take a screenshot, you now have to click the right mouse button to open the context menu. A shortcut to screenshots can also be added directly to the toolbar through the Customize menu.
  • FTP support has been disabled, and its complete removal is planned for a future release. Addressing this security risk reduces the likelihood of an attack, while eliminating support for an unencrypted protocol.
  • Bug fixes and security improvements.
  • It doesn't mention it on the official list, but they have also enabled WebRender in KDE and XFCE. It doesn't mention the Alpenglow Dark thing either, but it's available.

Now available in official repositories

Firefox 88 was released just over 24 hours ago, and It is now available for download from official website and in some official repositories (confirmed in Manjaro). The next version will already be a Firefox 89 that will activate Proton, a more modern and aesthetic design with more rounded shapes.


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  1.   Santiago Jose Lopez Borrazas said

    On the Mozilla website they already say it clearly:

    https://wiki.mozilla.org/Release_Management/Calendar

    That it was April 19, not the 20th. They have set the date as they wanted, being last Monday.

    1.    pablinux said

      Hello Santiago. They have published dates and tend to follow them to the letter. Note that all the past releases have been on Tuesday noon. This was on Monday.

      Now I have noticed and they have also changed other dates, but the next version should also be Tuesday.

      What you see is that "it was published on the 19th," but they had been scheduled for the 20th for at least two months.

      A greeting.