• Firefox and Firefox ESR Updates!

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    #2340678

    Point release for a critical issue fixed. (pending CVE),
    that bring Firefox up to 85.0.1 and ESR to 78.7.1
    More info on Mozilla official Security site

    Is now available via firefox update channel (that was quick, must be important)
    Alternatively, also available via mozilla Public FTP

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    • #2341338

      ? says:

      thank you, microfix.

      Commit Log for Sat Feb  6 10:35:02 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (78.7.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) to 78.7.1esr+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1

      ff 85 security package still not showing, yet…

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      • #2341516

        Hamburger menu>Help>About Firefox

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    • #2341512

      ? says:

      i guess the security problem only pertains to windows:

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2021-06/

      the rest are a few bug fixes:

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/85.0.1/releasenotes/

      • #2341666

        ? says: i guess the security problem only pertains to windows:

        It seems that way, I haven’t as yet seen the Firefox 85.0.1 update on Linux Mint.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

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    • #2342029

      ? says:

      my firefox 85.0.1 ship just came in:

      Commit Log for Mon Feb  8 17:20:12 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (85.0+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) to 85.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (85.0+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) to 85.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1

      so, all caught up, for now…

    • #2342101

      And…
      Hot on the heels of 85.0.1 comes Firefox 85.0.2 now in the FTP
      https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/85.0.2/

      nothing yet the official release page, stay tuned..
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/85.0.2/releasenotes/

      Looks like it’s specific to the mainstream fatfox only, nothing for ESR 🙂

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    • #2342240

      It seems like this is a fix for Mac’s.  Look at this info. from Ghacks:

      “Released for all supported desktop operating systems, Firefox 85.0.2 fixes an issue that is exclusive to certain devices running Apple’s Macintosh operating system.  The issue was reported two months ago. The reporter stated that the issue affected Mac OS Big Sur and Mac OS Caralina devices running Firefox, and that Firefox would hang when trying to launch a new window from the context menu using the icon on the Dock.”

      https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/09/firefox-85-0-2-is-out-with-a-single-deadlock-fix

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

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      • #2342265

        Well……

        Mozilla to release Firefox 85.0.2 later today on Feb 9, 2021
        The update fixes Firefox’s freezing issue on startup on Windows, Linux, and Mac platforms.
        The issue may have existed for years but brought to Mozilla’s attention two months back

        source: Venkat over on Techdows

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        • #2342271

          True but it only shows how to reproduce the issue on a Mac.

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2342470

      ESR will get it in the upcoming FF 78.8.x ESR release coming this late February.

      MVP Edit: removal of repetition

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    • #2342903

      I still have not even gotten the FF 85.0.1 update yet in my Linux Mint Update Manager.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2342943

      I still have not even gotten the FF 85.0.1 update yet in my Linux Mint Update Manager.

      FF is already at 85.0.2

      • #2342986

        But the Ubuntu version is still at 85.0.1. If the fix in 85.0.2 is indeed only a Mac issue, they may not make the update available. I only saw a reference to the freezing on the Mac in the Bugzilla issue, and if someone had reported it on the other platforms, it should have been added to the field of platforms affected.

         

         

        Dell XPS 13/9310, i5-1135G7/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04
        Dell G3 15/3579, i7-8750H/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04

      • #2343004

        but FF 85.0.2 is currently available for mac & Windows users (if they’re using the FF auto update feature), Alex5723.

        note to Charlie: try downloading Firefox 85.0.2 for Linux manually from the Mozilla site instead of relying on Linux Mint’s update manager

        edit – and yes the Ubuntu version of Firefox is currently at 85.0.1 as I recently checked the Ubuntu repositories

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    • #2343055

      I’ve had this happen before with FF updates taking awhile to show up on the Linux Mint Update Manager, but they eventually do.  I assume that since Mint is an offshoot of Ubuntu, that’s why you’re saying I should have gotten them.  The 85.0.1 update was a more important update because it dealt with critical security issues.  It still hasn’t shown up.

      I’ve received both updates for FF on Win 7 though.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2343077

        I much prefer adding the Mozilla PPA to LM.
        gets updates quicker as well as thunderbird updates via synaptic YMMV

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        • #2343079

          I don’t think I’m quite ready to try that yet.  Isn’t that for testing, etc.?

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2343156

        If you refresh the file list, it should find it immediately since it is in the Ubuntu repo (which is the one that Mint uses also for everything except the core Mint files that differ from the Ubuntu underneath). I know you can do that in Synaptic, which is installed by default on Mint, and the updater should have one too (it’s been a long time since I have used the Mint updater).

        My Firefox is still on 85.0, since I use the OpenSUSE version, and it has not been updated beyond that yet. I’m actually on a trial run of Vivaldi as a go-to browser at the moment, so Firefox is on the back burner for the moment.

        Dell XPS 13/9310, i5-1135G7/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04
        Dell G3 15/3579, i7-8750H/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04

      • #2343163

        An empirical observation:

        My Ubuntu 18.04 LTS was just updated to FF 85.0.1 from 85.0. I only check this computer once a week, so the 85.0.1 update came sometime between last Friday and today. Last Friday was the day FF was updated to 85.0 on this computer.

        Despite this, nothing later than FF 85.0 has been offered to any of my three Mint 19.2 computers even after a Refresh of the Update Manager.

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        • #2343222

          That is odd. I wonder if Mint is doing something with Firefox itself rather than just offering it from the Ubuntu repo (maybe hosting their own Firefox in case Ubuntu decides to make that a Snap package like they did with Chromium?). In cases where there is a difference in what is offered by Ubuntu and Mint, the Mint servers take precedence.

          Edit: I just checked, and yes, Mint is hosting Firefox from their own repo now. Why, I do not know for sure, but you have my guess above.

          If you want the more up to date version from Ubuntu, start Synaptic, then find Firefox, highlight it, and use “Force version” from the “Package” menu. You will see Firefox 85.0.1 from Ubuntu in there. Select that, then apply.

          The updater will probably try to revert the package back to the old one. To stop that, use the same package menu to lock the version once you’ve updated it. Be aware that you will have to manually unlock it when it’s time to update.

          Dell XPS 13/9310, i5-1135G7/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04
          Dell G3 15/3579, i7-8750H/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04

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        • #2343266

          That is odd. I wonder if Mint is doing something with Firefox itself rather than just offering it from the Ubuntu repo

          One of the first things I do with a new distro installation is:
          uninstall the supplied default version of Thunderbird and Firefox
          for ANY debian derived distro.
          Add the Mozilla PPA via terminal
          then I’ll install Firefox/Thunderbird, via synaptic.
          Has worked for me for many years without issue,
          knowing I’ll be up-to-date and more than often,
          quicker than the distro supplied versions.

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        • #2343397

          I’m not in any hurry to get new versions of Firefox! I’m still on 85.0 here, and that’s fine by me. I’ll get something newer when it comes down the pike.

          One of my growing list of criticisms of Mozilla is that they utterly refuse to allow their official build of Firefox to play nice with the KDE Plasma desktop. Every Chromium derivative I have seen runs with KDE perfectly right out of the box with no muss and no fuss, but not Firefox.

          In order to get the same level of integration with Firefox, I have to use the OpenSUSE edition, which uses the patch OpenSUSE itself created and maintained to make Firefox work with KDE like Chromium does. They’ve offered this patch to Mozilla, who has refused to accept it or to create their own version (with or without the hacky but effective helper application the OpenSUSE version uses).

          Why Mozilla insists on its hostility to KDE, I do not know, but it’s just one of a growing list of outright user hostilities within Firefox that is pushing me away. The KDE one is more than ten years old; they’ve refused to play nice for all of that time. The trend hasn’t reversed since then.

          More and more, I get the impression that they really don’t want to be developing Firefox and are trying to destroy it once and for all so that they can go do something else. I don’t know why anyone would do that when they could just quit, but that’s how it seems to me from the outside.

          Dell XPS 13/9310, i5-1135G7/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04
          Dell G3 15/3579, i7-8750H/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04

        • #2344566

          I’m not in any hurry to get new versions of Firefox! I’m still on 85.0 here, and that’s fine by me. I’ll get something newer when it comes down the pike.

          Fair point, although using the mozilla PPA over the distro PPA equates to a quicker update delivery service as well as the shared option (either PPA) to accept or hold version via synaptic.
          Considering that the browser is the portal (both ways) to the World Wild Web, Firefox ESR only issues security updates without fluff stuff that’s continually being introduced and fixed for bugs with point releases soon after.
          Win Win situation here with ESR and the Mozilla PPA

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    • #2343392

      I don’t like having to wait on the Mint update manager, but I don’t want to have to download and reinstall a whole, completely new Firefox program instead of just the update I need.  It’s a lot less work.  FF 85.0.1 still has not shown up yet here even after doing additional Refreshes on Mint’s UM.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2343396

        I don’t like having to wait on the Mint update manager, but I don’t want to have to download and reinstall a whole, completely new Firefox program instead of just the update I need. It’s a lot less work. FF 85.0.1 still has not shown up yet here even after doing additional Refreshes on Mint’s UM.

        When Mint updates Firefox, it actually does the same thing — it uninstalls the old version, then installs the new version in its place. If you look at the size of the packages, the Ubuntu 85.0.1 update is about the same size as the 85.0 update. They’re not cumulative.

        Forcing the version to the Ubuntu version will do the same thing as allowing the Mint version to install when it finally arrives, and it will take the same amount of time (a few seconds, probably). You won’t have to manually install it.  You just need to tell Synaptic you’d rather use the Ubuntu version rather than the Mint one, and not to try to “update” to the older Mint version again next time.

         

         

        Dell XPS 13/9310, i5-1135G7/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04
        Dell G3 15/3579, i7-8750H/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04

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    • #2343416

      @Charlie

      From what I can see in the release notes for 85.0.1 and 85.0.2, the only Linux-related bug involves using the Firefox flatpak edition of Firefox for Linux. The other bugs are on Windows and Mac systems, and the one critical security bug is only present on Windows systems:

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/85.0.1/releasenotes/

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/85.0.2/releasenotes/

      Clicking the individual bug numbers listed in the advisories will bring up the detailed listing of the bug’s history. In the earliest posts of the history is where you’ll usually find the system configuration of the reporting party which will include the OS environment.

      Info on the critical security hole patched in FF 85.0.1 can be found here. Take note of the following from that advisory:

      Note: This issue only affected Windows operating systems. Other operating systems are unaffected.

      So, from the sounds of things in the release notes, I’d say sit tight for now.

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      • #2343550

        Thanks very much, I was hoping that might be the case.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

        • #2343558

          That may be why Mint and OpenSUSE have declined thus far to offer 85.0.1 or 85.0.2.

          Dell XPS 13/9310, i5-1135G7/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04
          Dell G3 15/3579, i7-8750H/16GB, Kubuntu 22.04

    • #2344286

      ? says:

      Commit Log for Wed Feb 17 07:22:53 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (78.7.1esr+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) to 78.8.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1

      through synaptic pkg mgr.

      no sign of 85.0.2, yet?

      • #2344301

        I still haven’t seen 85.0.1 or 85.0.2 for Mint.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2344954

      Firefox 85.0.1 just came in on my Mint Update Manager and I installed it.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2345711

      Mozilla Firefox 86.0 and Mozilla Firefox ESR 78.8 on their way soon via update channels..now in the Mozilla FTP:

      Mozilla Firefox 86.0

      Mozilla Firefox 78.8 ESR

      Security Advisories:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/

      86.0 release notes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/86.0/releasenotes/

      New Feature:
      Multiple Picture-in-picture and total Cookie protection

      Improved: Print Functionality and integration with cleaner interface.

      Fixes/ bugs addressed
      CVE-2021-23968
      CVE-2021-23969
      CVE-2021-23970
      CVE-2021-23974
      CVE-2021-23971
      CVE-2021-23972
      CVE-2021-23973
      CVE-2021-23975
      CVE-2021-23976
      CVE-2021-23977
      CVE-2021-23978
      CVE-2021-23979

      LOW, MODERATE and HIGH catagories

      78.8 release notes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/78.8.0/releasenotes/

      Fixes/ bugs addressed:
      CVE-2021-23968
      CVE-2021-23969
      CVE-2021-23973
      CVE-2021-23978

      All in the HIGH catagory

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    • #2346535

      ? says:

      just landed:

      Commit Log for Fri Feb 26 17:27:50 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (85.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) to 86.0+build3-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (85.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) to 86.0+build3-0ubuntu0.16.04.1

    • #2346556

      My current version is 85.0.2, but I do see it wants me to update to 86.0

      I’ll have to flip a coin.

      "War is the remedy our enemies have chosen. And I say let us give them all they want" ----- William T. Sherman

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      • #2346559

        Have been on 86 since Wednesday and no issues at all on Win 10 Pro x64 20H2 build 746.

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        • #2346605

          Running Mozilla Firefox ESR, Portable Edition 78.8.0 . No issues.

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      • #2346676

        I think I’ll wait another day or three.  I don’t see any real pressing reasons to update immediately.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2346607

      Running Mozilla Firefox ESR, Portable Edition 78.8.0 . No issues.

      TOR 10.0.12 (based on Firefox 78.8.0 ESR) runs fine too.


      [2022-02] Corsair One i300, 64 GB RAM, RTX 3080 Ti, Samsung 1800R 48" 3840x1080, 1 2TB M2 SSD, 1 1TB SATA SSD, 1 5TB USB3 HDD.

      [2015-02] Clevo P17SM-A, 32GB RAM, GTX 970M, ext LG 27" 1920x1080,
      500 GB SSD, 1TB SATA HDD, 4 5TB USB3.0 HDD's, 4 2TB USB3.0 HDD's,
      1 3TB USB3.0 HDD, 1 1TB eSATA HDD.

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    • #2346681

      ? says:

      hi charlie,

      there are a few “security fixes,” in the ff86 package:

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2021-07/

      and the release notes:

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/86.0/releasenotes/

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    • #2346699

      I have been running FF 86.0 since the day it was released. No issues so far.

       

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    • #2346844

      FF86 has been running on 1 Win 7 Starter x32, 2 Win 7 Pro x64, 2 Win 8.1 Pro x64, 1 Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 3 Mint 19.2 Cinnamon, and 1 macOS Catalina for at least a couple days. No issues.

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    • #2346888

      I updated to FF 86 on my Win 7 machine today.  All seems okay.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

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      • #2346905

        ? says:

        glad you are keeping updated! you probably know you can easily install firefox esr either as a standalone or in tandem with firefox regular. the main advantage being the tempo of updates isw usuallt lower with the esr version. i have both installed a switch between them according to my mood. this is how i got the esr package and installed it (via terminal.) i also named one default browser and left one blank in edit> prefs to avoid clashing. also imported my prefs.js file.

        sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/ppa
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get install firefox-esr

        and another link to ecplain the “State Partitioning,”:

        https://hacks.mozilla.org/2021/02/introducing-state-partitioning/

        bit more scientific than the cookie jar analogy from this next link:

        https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2021/02/23/total-cookie-protection/

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        • #2347198

          As long as the esr version allows running uBlock Origin I’ll consider it.  I really depend on uBlock O to make things quicker and less full of ads.  Also need to be able to watch Youtube videos.  I definitely don’t need to watch four videos on the screen at one time!

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

        • #2347216

          ESR supports UBlock and many other ‘Quality’ extensions (same as the mainstream firefox) With security only patching, ESR requires less frequent updates and has less fluffware in comparison to the mainstream version.
          If you get an update for ESR, it’s for a security reason ONLY.
          Take it and get on with a stressfree browser life.

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    • #2346894

      I was missing “print preview” in file.  I had to go in to   about:config,  and set,  tab_mod back to false  to restore it.

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    • #2346926

      I updated to 86 and it 86’d my print preview too. 🙁

      "War is the remedy our enemies have chosen. And I say let us give them all they want" ----- William T. Sherman

    • #2349684

      Mozilla Firefox 86.0.1 Released today via update channels for Windows.
      Release Note Link:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/86.0.1/releasenotes/

      Fixed an issue on Apple Silicon machines that caused Firefox to be unresponsive after system sleep (bug 1682713)
      Fixed an issue causing windows to gain or lose focus unexpectedly (bug 1694927)
      Fixed truncation of date and time widgets due to incorrect width calculation (bug 1695578)
      Fixed an issue causing unexpected behavior with extensions managing tab groups (bug 1694699)
      Fixed a frequent Linux crash on browser launch (bug 1694670)

      Nothing for ESR still on 78.8.0

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    • #2349746

      A pretty good-sized update. 6.8MB. Looking at the bug fixes, I don’t recall having any of the issues they mitigated.

      "War is the remedy our enemies have chosen. And I say let us give them all they want" ----- William T. Sherman

    • #2352227

      Mozilla Firefox 87.0 and ESR 78.9
      are scheduled to be released on Tuesday 23rd March via update channels for Windows.

      Firefox 87.0 release notes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/87.0/releasenotes/

      Firefox 78.9 ESR release notes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/78.9.0/releasenotes/

      For those who wish to install (update) via FTP using .msi or .exe:
      FF 87.0: Firefox 87.0
      FF 78.9 ESR: Firefox ESR 78.9.0

      UPDATE ** 2021-03-23

      FF87.0 Security fixes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2021-10/

      FF78.9 ESR Security fixes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2021-11/

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      • #2352545

        No issues to report using FF 78.9.0 ESR after various online security and functionality checks.
        Given CVE-2021-23987 the Memory safety bug and CVE-2021-23981: the out-of-bound read, I thought it prudent to install ASAP… YMMV
        Also have been using the HTTP referrer edited in about:config for months now in ESR without any adverse effects.

        network.http.sendRefererHeader

        set to 0 (default 2)

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    • #2352679

      Firefox 87 introduces SmartBlock for Private Browsing

      ..Firefox has included the built-in Content Blocking feature that operates in Private Browsing windows and Strict Tracking Protection Mode…

      …In building these extra-strong privacy protections in Private Browsing windows and Strict Mode, we have been confronted with a fundamental problem: introducing a policy that outright blocks trackers on the web inevitably risks blocking components that are essential for some websites to function properly. This can result in images not appearing, features not working, poor performance, or even the entire page not loading at all.

      New Feature: SmartBlock

      To reduce this breakage, Firefox 87 is now introducing a new privacy feature we are calling SmartBlock. SmartBlock intelligently fixes up web pages that are broken by our tracking protections, without compromising user privacy.

      SmartBlock does this by providing local stand-ins for blocked third-party tracking scripts. These stand-in scripts behave just enough like the original ones to make sure that the website works properly. They allow broken sites relying on the original scripts to load with their functionality intact…

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    • #2358732

      Both Mozilla Firefox 88.0 and Firefox ESR 78.10.0 due to be released shortly thru update channels or if you prefer, can be downloaded via FTP

      Firefox 88.0

      FF 88.0 Features and Security Fixes

      Firefox ESR 78.10

      ESR 78.10.0 Security Fixes

      more info over on Ghacks from Martin Brinkmann..

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    • #2359032

      They haven’t started the pop ups yet, but when I just went to check my FF version, it showed an update to 88.0 was available.  Didn’t download it. I’ll wait a bit. Those with FF set for auto updates might want to let the dust settle first.  Current version should be 87.0

      "War is the remedy our enemies have chosen. And I say let us give them all they want" ----- William T. Sherman

    • #2359057

      I took the leap and no issues whatsoever with now being on FF 88. They also patched quite a few security holes, as is Mozilla’s custom. Several of the vulnerabilities are rated as “High” with only “Critical” being any higher.

      Details on what’s in the latest version of Firefox can be found here: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/88.0/releasenotes/

      Makes for a good reason to take the plunge, especially given that a major security conference for finding vulnerabilities just concluded. In that conference, several zero day vulnerabilities were found, including some in Chrome and its derivatives.

      From Susan’s guidance in today’s newsletter (both the free and paid versions):

      Just this week, two Chrome zero days were published online, evidence that my conservative guidance to “wait and see” is not prudent when it comes to browsers. Updates for Chrome, Edge, Vivaldi, and other browsers should always be automatic and applied quickly unless community guidance reveals a show-stopping issue.

      I added the bolding above in the quote.

      For those who run a Mozilla “Suite” (FF and T’Bird), Thunderbird has also been updated today to version 78.10, patching some of the same vulnerabilities that have been patched in FF88.

      My setup: FF88, Win10 Pro x64 version 20H2 build 19042.867

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    • #2359106

      this was posted yesterday https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/firefox-and-firefox-esr-updates/#post-2358732

      [Moderator edit] merged with existing thread

    • #2360207

      I was surprised how soon FF 88 came up in my Linux Mint Update Manager.  I installed it two days ago and all seems well.  I also updated my Win 7 to FF 88 and all seems good there too.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

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    • #2360215

      FF 88 (ESR 78.10) are the last FF versions before the big change for Proton interface design.

      You can test portable versions of 89b1 and 90 nightly.

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      • #2360222

        Oh My, Proton Interface design?  What is that and how will it affect us Firefox users?

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2360239

      The people commenting at Ghacks don’t sound happy.  Sounds like the redesign will not be excepted well.  More unnecessary frou frou that will hopefully be able to be disabled.

      As I posted, you can test and download portable versions of new builds in order to get your own impressions.
      You can run both your current installed and portable FF versions and the same time and compare.

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      • #2361918

        I suppose we will have to wait until FF 89 comes out and then see how much manure hits the ventilator.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2362660

      Firefox ESR has been updated to 78.10.1 to address a security issue with the Maintenance Service which only affects Windows OSes older than Win 10 build 1709.
      More info on CVE-2021-29951
      There is also a fix for Widevine:

      Resolved an issue caused by a recent Widevine plugin update which prevented some purchased video content from playing correctly.

      from Mozilla

      Also available via FTP

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    • #2368382

      https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/89.0/

      We’re still preparing the notes for this release, and will post them here when they are ready. Please check back later.

      [Moderator edit] merged with Firefox and Firefox ESR Updates! thread

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    • #2368406

      My FF was just updated to 89.0
      Release notes are available at https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/89.0/releasenotes/

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      • #2368425

        Any comments good or bad?

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

        • #2368426

          Well, to be fair I haven’t spent much time with it yet.  But my initial impression is that its mostly a big redesign of the user interface without any substantial features being added.

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    • #2368407

      Both Mozilla Firefox 89.0 and Firefox ESR 78.11 are being released thru update channels or if you prefer via FTP.

      Firefox 89.0 with release notes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/89.0/releasenotes/
      download via FTP:
      https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/89.0/

      Firefox ESR 78.11 with release notes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/78.11.0/releasenotes/
      download via FTP:
      https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/78.11.0esr/

      Martin Brinkmann over on ghacks has a rundown of what’s new/changed in FF89.0

      and for portable versions..see alex5723 toast posts 🙂

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    • #2368435

      For those uninterested in the ongoing Chrome-ification of Firefox, thanks to the commenter “assurbani” at https://www.ghacks.net/2021/06/01/firefox-89-ships-with-interface-changes/  the following tweaks made after selecting “about:config” in the search bar, seem to put things back as they were before (as far as I can tell so far):

      “Open about:config and disable Proton settings:

      browser.proton.enabled > false (disables Proton UI of toolbars, tabs, application menu)
      browser.proton.contextmenus.enabled > false (disables Proton UI of context menus)
      browser.proton.doorhangers.enabled > false (disables Proton UI of doorhangers)

      Other Proton settings:
      browser.proton.infobars.enabled > false
      browser.proton.modals.enabled > false

      [Grumpy Old Bloke: Following left unchanged, …. toolbar.version was set at 3]
      browser.proton.places-tooltip.enabled > false
      browser.proton.toolbar.version > 0-3 (no effect atm)

      https://github.com/Aris-t2/CustomCSSforFx/issues/339

      Don’t know how long this stuff will be respected though.

      Grumpy Old Bloke.

       

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    • #2368512

      I just updated to 89.0 on my Mint Cinnamon daily driver. I don’t use FF much so don’t have any extensions, etc., just a “stock” installation (I do have some menu bars instead of just the hamburger menu).

      Near as I can tell, though, it’s a bunch of hype about nothing much. Some icons and tabs look a bit different, the hamburger menu has been streamlined, but all my bookmarks and history as well as menu bars were carried over.

      Frankly, my reaction is “what’s the point?”

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    • #2368588

      I have a lot of entries in my Bookmarks menus, but in v88.0.1 (and before) they all fitted neatly in my browser window (vertically).

      Now, with v89 the vertical space between entries has increased (for no obviously useful reason) and the entries no longer fit in the browser window, and have to be scrolled up or down.

      I’ve found that changing browser.proton.contextmenus.enabled to false and restarting Firefox gets them back to how they showed before.

      Most of the Proton changes seem to be a good example of Hutber’s Law: Improvement means Deterioration.

      BATcher

      Plethora means a lot to me.

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    • #2368612

      For those who do a lot of about:config changes (the only way to go!), there’s a setting that applies changes instantly, no need to close and reopen:

      browser.preferences.instantApply      true

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    • #2368670

      Will all of these About:config correcting changes stay changed after future updates?

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2368684

        @Charlie – I copy Prefs.js (in the firefox user profile) to a location elsewhere for re-introduction once an update is done. It’s the quickest/easiest method without re-checking all the about config settings.



        @BATcher
        – Regarding bookmark menus, I altered the text size to suit the screen layout size within about:config

        layout.css.devPixelsPerPx

        the default is -1 Set it to between 0.94 and 0.98 which reduces the browser GUI font size only. Once done, it stays like that, as mozilla hasn’t ever deviated from the default 😉

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    • #2368673

      Your guess is as good as mine!

      (If Firefox belonged to Microsoft, I would say No!)

      BATcher

      Plethora means a lot to me.

    • #2368867

      ? says:

      thanks for the anti-proton settings for my new fire-chrome\chrome-fox 89! just upgraded:

      Commit Log for Thu Jun  3 10:18:01 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (88.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.2) to 89.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.2

      had to create “browser.proton.infobars.enabled,” and set it to false

    • #2368910

      Since settings to disable the new Proton interface in Firefox might not work on future releases. As the old interface might no longer be supported.

      Here is a link to a super compact style userChrome.css

      How To in the file description you can change parts of it to suit your personal taste. To revert back to the original simple remove the userChrome.css file from the chrome folder in your profile folder. The chrome folder and userChrome.css file do not exists per default in Firefox and have to be created by the user.

      W7 x64 Pro&Home

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    • #2369530

      Now, with v89 the vertical space between entries has increased (for no obviously useful reason) and the entries no longer fit in the browser window, and have to be scrolled up or down. I’ve found that changing browser.proton.contextmenus.enabled to false and restarting Firefox gets them back to how they showed before.

      My Firefox updated this morning and wide spacing on Bookmark lists is very evident. I changed the contextmenus config entry from true to false and restarted, but the spacing does not change.

      Wonder why?  Was anything else changed at the same time?

      Also my Title Bar color etc. no longer follows the System Theme. System Theme now functions  the same as the Light Theme.

      If I change browser.proton.enabled from true to false, the Title bar color comes back and the Bookmark spacing and the hamburger menu return to the previous version 88.

      Windows 10 Pro x64 v21H2 and Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64 (RIP)
    • #2369549

      Please forgive my ignorance but I am not sure of the nominclature.  I have changed the proton values but one problem persists.  I cannot use the search bar that is underneath the FIREFOX emblem.  When I try to type there it goes to the search box on top of the page (is this the title bar?).  I hope this is clear.

    • #2369555

      It’s me #2369549 – a little research tells me I am talking about the Google search bar that I am unable now to use.  HTH.

    • #2369721

      I Searched — Firefox 89 and Google Search bar —This reads like it might be your issue. Give it a try in …. about:config …….

      browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.improvesearch.handoffToAwesomebar …… to false

      https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/nsr9vb/firefox_89_issue_google_search_box_on_blank_new/

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    • #2369729

      Yes, Yes, Yes!  Thank you so very much CraigS26.  This worked like a charm.  While this issue was not earth shattering, it’s human nature to want to do things as we are used to.  You have significantly added to my quality of life. 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time and effort to research this for me.

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    • #2371845

      Firefox 89.0.1 released.

      ** Tried to post the FTP download link and release notes link a couple of times and got blocked every time as SPAM post.

    • #2371982

      ? says:

      indeed:

      Commit Log for Thu Jun 17 10:29:56 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (89.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.2) to 89.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (89.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.2) to 89.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      plus security fixes-https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2021-27

       

       

    • #2373078

      Mozilla is currently preparing release notes for Firefox 89.0.2
      due to land shortly via update channels.

      89.0.2 releasenotes

      No update for ESR

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    • #2373093

      Mozilla is currently preparing release notes for Firefox 89.0.2 due to land shortly via update channels. 89.0.2 releasenotes

      Updated OK this morning!

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    • #2374328

      ? says:

      scrawny one hit wonder fix:

      Commit Log for Mon Jun 28 13:38:30 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (89.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 89.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (89.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 89.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

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    • #2376139

      ? says:

      version is now 78.12.0. can’t see changelog link.

      Commit Log for Wed Jul  7 10:59:31 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (78.11.0esr+build2-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 78.12.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1.

       

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      • #2376347

        Commit Log for Wed Jul  7 21:55:51 2021
        Upgraded the following packages:
        firefox-esr (78.11.0esr+build2-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 78.12.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1

        with updated security, lucky us eh! 😉

        Windoze gets nothing ’till Tuesday 13th via the update channel Firefox 90 and 78.12 ESR final will likely appear in the FTP Monday 12th at some point.

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    • #2376320

      ? says:

      version is now 78.12.0. can’t see changelog link.

      Commit Log for Wed Jul  7 10:59:31 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (78.11.0esr+build2-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 78.12.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1.

       

      On Firefox site the download is still 78.11.0

    • #2377228
    • #2377413

      Firefox 90.0 and ESR 78.12 are imminent via update channels.

      Firefox 90.0 security release notes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/90.0/releasenotes/

      FTP link for Firefox 90.0

      Firefox 78.12 ESR security notes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2021-29/

      FTP link for Firefox ESR 78.12

      Five high security updates for Firefox and three for Firefox ESR.

      Been using ESR 78.12 for nigh on a week, no problems here,
      can’t speak for bloatfox 🙂

      Further info available on both Ghacks and Bleeping Computer on Firefox 90.0

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    • #2378972

      Firefox 90.0.1

      Firefox 90.0.1 fixes:

      Fixed a crash when using some accessibility clients on Windows (bug 1720696)
      Fixed busy looping processing some HTTP3 responses (bug 1720079)
      Fixed transient errors authenticating with some smart cards (bug 1715325)
      Fixed a rare crash on shutdown (bug 1707057)
      Fixed a race on startup that caused about:support to end up empty after upgrade (bug 1717894)

      Release Notes

      Download (all platforms) https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/90.0.1/

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    • #2379125

      ? says:

      i picked this up 5 days ago, works fine:

      Commit Log for Thu Jul 15 18:47:07 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (89.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 90.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (89.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 90.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

    • #2379355

      And a couple of days later from FF90.01 release…

      Mozilla Firefox 90.0.2 due to land thru the mainstream update channel.
      See the following link for update info:

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/90.0.2/releasenotes/

      Fixed: truncated output when printing
      Fixed: menu styling on some Gtk themes (Linux)
      Changes: Updates to support DoH Canada rollout

      All quiet on the current Firefox ESR, still at 78.12 🙂

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    • #2379509

      Firefox 90.0.2

      Fixed truncated output when printing (bug 1720621)

      Fixed menu styling on some Gtk themes (bug 1720441, bug 1720874)

      All Platforms : https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/90.0.2/

      Portable Multiple languages :

      https://sourceforge.net/projects/portableapps/files/Mozilla%20Firefox%2C%20Portable%20Ed./Mozilla%20Firefox%2C%20Portable%20Edition%2090.0.2/

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    • #2379680

      So I’m assuming this update is okay to install on Windows and Linux Mint with no problems.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2379690

        I’ve installed it on 2 Win 7 and one Win 8.1 computers and it seems OK. Hasn’t been offered to me in Linux Mint yet.

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        • #2379701

          …Hasn’t been offered to me in Linux Mint yet.

          Here’s a link from Mozilla to download the 64 bit version of 90.0.2 without having to wait to be offered it by the built-in updater of your OS:

          https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-latest-ssl&os=linux64&lang=en-US

          For those wanting the 32 bit version instead, just replace the “linux64” wording in the above link with “linux” and you’re all set. The link will download a file named “firefox-90.0.2.tar.bz” to your computer. I saw no differentiation in the file name between the 32 bit and the 64 bit download.

          Although I don’t run Linux, it seems to me to be a really good idea to wait to be offered the correct update by the built-in updater for your distro of Linux.

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        • #2379706

          I agree. I don’t install FF until I’m offered it through the Mint Update manager.

    • #2379766

      Here’s a link from Mozilla to download the 64 bit version of 90.0.2 without having to wait to be offered it by the built-in updater of your OS:

      The ftp link above has downloads for all platforms.

    • #2381454

      ? says:

      whoot there it is:

      Commit Log for Mon Aug  2 16:46:12 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (78.12.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 78.13.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1

    • #2381463

      ? says:

      (an even bigger hit) Whoomp there it is:

      Commit Log for Mon Aug  2 15:27:58 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox to 90.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en to 90.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

       

    • #2382061

      ? says:

      now build 2:

      Commit Log for Thu Aug  5 13:57:26 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (78.13.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 78.13.0esr+build2-0ubuntu0.18.04.1

    • #2382712
    • #2383112

      I changed from Firefox 78ESR to Firefox 91.0ESR this morning.

      I’m still getting used to the new interface, but the single thing that I missed most in the new version was Backspace to go backwards one page, missing from the Proton interface.  Martin Brinkmann of GHacks.net has the answer – https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/08/firefox-86-will-block-the-backspace-key-to-go-back-by-default/ – which restored it in a trice.

      Brinkmann writes that 40 million Firefox users used the Backspace key to go back; funny that Mozilla should ignore their evident preference.

      Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

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      • #2383299

        I’m still getting used to the new interface

        New Interface?  Again?  This is incredibly ridiculous.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

        • #2383424

          I think he’s referring to the new interface that came with FF89 (or whatever version introduced the “floating tabs”).

          I just installed FF 91.0 on an old Win 7 machine; doesn’t look any different than FF 89 (again, or whatever version introduced the “floating tabs”)

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    • #2383168

      ? says:

      ah, yes:

      Commit Log for Wed Aug 11 15:49:40 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (90.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 91.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (90.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 91.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

      thanks ScotchJohn for the backspace fix

      patiently awaiting my esr back to the future jump too…

    • #2383265

      Some may find using the tips on restoring classic ui at askvg.com of value. System here won’t let me post the link as it thinks it’s spam. 🙁

      Already had Proton disabled before installing 91. Installation kept my compact density toolbar setting and possibly Windows colors. Did the above anyway. Usable but doesn’t fix/restore thinner menus/bookmarks or older settings interface. Mozilla appear to think everyone uses touchscreens. 🙁 Homepage icons were at least preserved. YMMV.

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    • #2383297

      Have a look at https://github.com/Aris-t2/CustomCSSforFx/releases/tag/4.0.0 if you’d be happy with adding several folders and files into your Firefox profile, to revert some of the ‘improvements’ which Mozilla has made to the Firefox GUI since v89…

      BATcher

      Plethora means a lot to me.

    • #2383316

      1, 2, 3, can we all just say “Brave”!  I have switched full time to Brave.  No kibuki dance of fiddling endlessly with about:config and the tests Cover Your Tracks and Ad Blocker show no leaks, etc.  And no holding my nose during the endless releases wondering what will break/change.  They also now have a beta of their own search engine which I am using also.

       

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    • #2384294

      Re: the updated Firefox GUI (aka Proton)

      I  don’t get it. FF has updated to 91.0.1 on two PCs I have and I still have the old menus-and-tabs GUI. I’m not complaining. That’s the one I want. The Proton GUI was news to me until SB’s newsletter comment, which I read to suggest that all old FF users would be migrated in FF 91 to the Proton interface.  I’m not looking for anything streamlined in FF on my desktop PCs, as I want ready access to menus, bookmarks, and a favorite bar. Does this “upgraded” GUI just appear to people who download and install FF from scratch as well as old users who activate it in about:config?

      And isn’t somebody likely to create an add-on to restore the classic interface if it gets written out?

    • #2384316

      I just installed FF 91 yesterday on my Win 7 machine with no problems other than some skinny menu buttons (not a big deal).  Now today I got a notice that 91.0.1 is available.  I don’t do FF updates automatically so as always I’ll wait a bit before installing it to see if any problems crop up.  With any luck maybe they’ll fix the skinny menu buttons.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2384536

        I forgot to mention that FF 91.0.1 has not yet come up on my Linux Mint Update Manager.  It’s okay, I can wait for it.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2384710

      ? says:

      just came down:

      Commit Log for Thu Aug 19 14:28:53 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (91.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 91.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (91.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 91.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

    • #2384737

      ? says:

      i guess ff 78.14 esr comes 9/7 and ff 78.15 esr end-of-life on 10/5 so that is nice. i’m hooked into the ppa patch channel(s). don’t really have much interest in the esr 90 series.

    • #2385759
    • #2387285

      ? says:

      Commit Log for Wed Sep  1 16:54:01 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (78.13.0esr+build2-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 78.14.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
      sadly, next to last of the 78 series…

    • #2388166
    • #2388770

      I’m in my usual holding pattern concerning FF 92, waiting to hear if there’s anything to be wary of.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2388785

        FWIW (since I don’t think you have a MAC), I installed FF92 a couple hours ago on an iMAC running Catalina. Everything seems fine.

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        • #2388906

          I use Linux Mint mostly for online use, and am keeping my wonderful Win 7 desktop up to date as a backup and to do other things.

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

        • #2388908

          I plan on doing some Mint 19.2 and Win 7 updating this weekend. I’ll let you know how things turn out.

        • #2389198

          I’ve installed FF 92 on an iMAC, a Win 8.1 Pro, a Win 7 starter 32 bit, a Win 7 Pro 64 bit, and three Mint 19.2 computers. Everything seems fine.

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    • #2388778

      Been on ESR 78.14 for circa a week now on LM using the mozilla PPA, no issues encountered here. Windows 8.1 with ESR 78.14 is just rock solid, as usual with a customised security/ performance related prefs.js file.

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    • #2388795

      ? says:

      Commit Log for Thu Sep  9 15:54:10 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (91.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 92.0+build3-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (91.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 92.0+build3-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

      life’s good out here on the new frontier. i have check-boxes, again!

    • #2388852

      Been on ESR 78.14 for circa a week now on LM using the mozilla PPA, no issues encountered here. Windows 8.1 with ESR 78.14 is just rock solid, as usual with a customised security/ performance related prefs.js file.

      Why not jump to 91.1.0 ESR ?
      I use the portable version and see no difference from 78.14 ESR.

    • #2391436
      • #2391480

        Firefox needs to fix its print protocol. Sometimes the print preview box shows blank pages or no content on pages, even though the document it is supposed to print has content. This happens no matter whether making a pdf file, using a pdf printer or whether a hardcopy off a real printer.

        For example, I get in my e-mail a monthly report from Enphase (a solar panel monitoring company) containing a bar graph showing the photovoltaic production of my solar panels, for each of the weeks in the month. The graph prints OK, when printed as a pdf file or hardcopy off my printer. However, the e-mail also has 3 informational boxes, a) total monthly kWh production and the day in the month with the highest production, b) lbs of carbon offset and its equivalent in # of trees, c) year-to-date Mwh production and lifetime Mwh production. The boxes do not print. In addition, FF prints a blank page before printing anything, although there is no blank page in the e-mail.

        When Edge is used to print the e-mail, everything prints, just as it appears in the e-mail — no blank page, bar graph is there, and the informational boxes are there, no matter whether it’s a pdf printer file or a hardcopy off a real printer.

        I looked for a fix in the release notes, but apparently, FF is not fixing it. There are many comments in FF Help about this problem — namely, blank pages and missing content. I don’t like to use Edge, but I have to use it to get a pdf-printer file or a printer-file for my printer for this Enphase e-mail.

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      • #2391542
    • #2392765

      ? says:

      Commit Log for Fri Oct  1 08:43:51 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (78.14.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 78.15.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1

      so long old friend…

      • #2395480

        FLASH. If you have compact mode on/have it enabled, 93 restores the old bookmark menu spacing! WHEW…

    • #2393825
    • #2394394

      ? says:

      poppin’ fresh outta’ the digital oven:

      Commit Log for Thu Oct  7 12:24:23 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (92.0+build3-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 93.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (92.0+build3-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 93.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

      and see all the new things 93.0 build1 can do:

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/93.0/releasenotes/?utm_source=firefox-browser&utm_medium=firefox-browser&utm_campaign=whatsnew

       

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    • #2399428
    • #2399505
    • #2399681

      Hmmm. “On Windows, there will now be fewer interruptions because Firefox won’t prompt you for updates. Instead, a background agent will download and install updates even if Firefox is closed.”

      Great, another program which wants to update by itself when it feels like it.

      Windows 10 Home 21H2, Acer Aspire TC-1660 desktop, non-techie

      • #2399731

        I currently have Firefox 93 and I’ve got a message box in Help – About that is telling me that FF 94 is available.  I have FF updates set (in general settings) to notify me of updates but let me choose if and when to install them.  Is this changing in version 94?  If so, and there’s no work around for it, it will be bad for FF.  I don’t like any program that updates itself without my permission.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2399692

      Great, another program which wants to update by itself when it feels like it.

      That is the way Chrome, Edge works and it is good to be on the latest secure browser.

    • #2399784

      FYI … ghacks.net provides instructions to disable the Firefox background auto-update function on Windows …

      On Windows, updates are now handled automatically in the background using a background agent. Mozilla mentioned the feature in the Firefox 90 release notes, and it is unclear why it is mentioned again in the Firefox 94 release notes.

      The agent runs through a task in the Windows Task Scheduler, called Firefox Background Update. You may delete or disable the task, but it may be better to disable the option in the Firefox preferences.

      Load about:preferences in the Firefox address bar.
      Scroll down to “Allow Firefox to” on the page.
      Uncheck “Use a background service to install updates”

      Also an interesting discussion concerning which method to use in ghacks comments section …

      Win7 - PRO & Ultimate, x64 & x86
      Win8.1 - PRO, x64 & x86
      Groups A, B & ABS

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      • #2399954

        I’m very glad to hear that the automatic updating can be disabled. It has always been my habit to wait a week or sometimes longer before manually installing a new Firefox program with all the new bells, whistles, and whatever else they’re continually dreaming up.

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    • #2399831
      • #2399909

        Firefox 94.0.1 fixes a browser hang issue on Mac OS X 10.12

        ..According to the report, watching high definition videos using Firefox will freeze the browser and the entire system. The report suggests that Mac OS X 10.12 is affected, and that Mac OS X 10.13 is not affected.

        When the user loads a youtube high-definition video (4k), selects the best video quality, and goes into full screen, he will notice that the video is not displayed and the browser freezes. Moreover, the system is frozen as the user cannot exit this state unless restarting the whole system…

      • #2400003
    • #2399926

      ? says:

      just now seeing this:

      91.3.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.2

      still using:

      78.15.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1

      any problems with the version 91?

    • #2399950

      ? says:

      also got this:

      Commit Log for Thu Nov  4 14:28:08 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (93.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 94.0+build3-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (93.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 94.0+build3-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

      sysmon used to call browser process “Firefox,” now it is “Geckomain,” (226.4 MiB memory) and in Settings>Tabs, new line box checked “Confirm before quitting with Ctrl+Q.” love progress…

    • #2400039

      ? says:

      when updating esr from 78 to 91, does prefs.js also move and then one adds things like anti-proton? or does one simply move in dusted up prefs.js from current ff94? or ff93?

      • #2402335

        Had nothing but problems with a direct upgrade from 78.15 to 93.1ESR, so I took the long route and started every single tweak from scratch (all tested and checked over via different secuity sites) from a default build.
        A long while later….93.1 is working fine here with incremental saves of prefs.js at certain stages i.e default/tweaked/added extensions all saved for future builds, what a pain!

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        • #2402578

          ? says:

          thank you for your reply, microfix, i’m lazy and have an ever lowering pain threshhold so i just saved the 78 prefs and installed 91.3.0esr from synaptic over it. my mozilla folder still shows as 78 (blah blah.default-esr78). i have run the prefs js since ubuntu 14.04 just adding things to it so i’m sure there are some conflitcs within. the only problem i have using the 91 esr is posting here. if i disable ublock and set my Settings> Privacy & Security> Browser Privacy> Enhanced Tracking Protection from Custom to Standard i can get a recaptcha to solve and make a post. so, thank you again for informing me to do the work for better results. p.s. F12 produces some interesting results on this page with my custom on and ublock running…

    • #2400353

      ? says:

      installed ff 91.0.3 esr over 78.15 what a joke. youtube drops loads of frames just like stock ff since 89. i ran a ookla on it and getting 26-30 download. using chromium download speed keeps going way up past 120. what gives firefox?

      see:

      https://www.computerworld.com/article/3628338/as-mozilla-talks-up-firefoxs-future-the-present-is-killing-it.html

       

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    • #2402322
    • #2402988

      I just now checked and I’m being offered 94.0.2 under Help – About Firefox which shows me the updates.  This is in Win 7 and I naturally don’t have a “Microsoft Store” version.  So I’ll just ignore it.  Nothing in Linux, and I don’t expect anything.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2403053

      Nothing in Linux, and I don’t expect anything.

      “Resolved general instability/crashes on Linux caused by a file descriptor leak when backgrounding tabs using WebGL (bug 1741997”

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    • #2404880
      • #2404991

        WebAssembly and Back Again: Fine-Grained Sandboxing in Firefox 95

        In Firefox 95, we’re shipping a novel sandboxing technology called RLBox — developed in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Texas — that makes it easy and efficient to isolate subcomponents to make the browser more secure. This technology opens up new opportunities beyond what’s been possible with traditional process-based sandboxing, and we look forward to expanding its usage and (hopefully) seeing it adopted in other browsers and software projects.

        This technique, which uses WebAssembly to isolate potentially-buggy code, builds on the prototype we shipped last year to Mac and Linux users. Now, we’re bringing that technology to all supported Firefox platforms (desktop and mobile), and isolating five different modules: Graphite, Hunspell, Ogg, Expat and Woff2 [1]…

        • #2405088

          Do we have to enable RLBox?  If so, how?

        • #2405128

          I just read the FF 95 release notes, I never dreamed that Web browsing could be SO complicated.

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

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    • #2405085
    • #2405591

      ? says:

      this just in:

      Commit Log for Fri Dec 10 09:32:48 2021
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (94.0+build3-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 95.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (94.0+build3-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 95.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

      seems to be ok, must dig into RLBox.

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      • #2405770

        seems to be ok, must dig into RLBox.

        Please forgive me for asking, but what pray tell is involved with digging into a RLBox?  If I get FF 95 on my Linux Mint 19.1, am I going to have to do this digging?  Never a danged dull moment.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2406582
    • #2406642
    • #2406645

      I hope Firefox updates are cumulative, I’ve been assuming they are.  I haven’t installed FF 95 yet, and so now I will install FF 95.0.1 when it comes available on Linux Mint’s download manager.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2407055

      Firefox 95.0.2

      https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/95.0.2/

      Addresses frequent crashes experienced by users with AMD C/E/Z-Series “Bobcat” CPUs running on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

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    • #2408341

      Hello Microfix (ref. #2402335) and anonymous (ref. #2400353), I am a long time user of Firefox since 2010 being a past beta tester (anyone could do it) and finally have dropped Firefox in favor of Pale Moon.

      Firefox was a good program, but as time went by it kept adding strange “features” that no one wanted and did not pan out, rather than working on performance and reliability issues that all were feedbacking to them. After several years beta testing and not seeing anything headed the correct way, I bailed out and changed over to ESR for reliability.

      Firefox 52 ESR was a very good version, but the next two 68 ESR and 78 ESR were horrible when it came to memory. If I opened several web pages at one time all the RAM was used and then it would start swapping to disk. Now please note I do have 200+ tabs open in a dormant state (not active). I can not increase the RAM in this PC and I was NOT about to go buy a new PC solely for Firefox since EVERYTHING else was functioning normally. I too, like Microfix did everything listed to streamline my Firefox 78 ESR.

      When 78 ESR was at EOL, I decided to examine the next ESR and noticed it was very large. Since I was already having memory issues with 78 ESR I decided to NOT go to the next 91 ESR. The older Firefox’s did not have the same memory hog concept. After living with the Firefox’s memory problem for 2 years, and not going to move forward, I then took a look at several browsers and decided on Pale Moon.

      I have gone to Pale Moon as my main browser with Firefox 78 ESR as my backup. I am very happy with Pale Moon but be aware nothing is perfect. By using uBlock Origin and a few “Pale Moon addons” I am very pleased.

      I would suggest people with older PC’s or lower RAM numbers investigate Pale Moon.

      It’s as though if you have a new computer and 32 gigs of RAM, then Firefox may work OK.

    • #2408381

      uBlock Origin 1.40 for Firefox

      uBlock Origin 1.40 Update prevents YouTube ads from loading when Chrome starts

      https://www.ghacks.net/2021/12/24/ublock-origin-1-40-update-introduces-a-workaround-to-block-youtube-ads-in-chrome/

      ..With the change, uBlock Origin will reload active tabs when Chrome is launched, while ignoring the tabs that were inactive/suspended. The update for the extension also includes a couple of other improvements for the My Filters Editor’s auto-complete functionality, scriplets, defusers, and the issue reporter. Pop-up filtering now supports a new scriptlet, window-close-if. The update is not yet live on the Chrome webstore, Opera Addons store and Microsoft Store, but is already available on Firefox’s AMO

      Updated Firefox 91.4.1esr

    • #2413048

      Firefox 96.0 and ESR 91.5 now up on the mozilla FTP site.

      No word on changes yet until 11th January when update channels are released.

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    • #2418227

      ? says:

      just came through synaptic:

      Commit Log for Fri Jan 14 09:22:50 2022
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (95.0.1+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 96.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (95.0.1+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 96.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

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    • #2419399

      Well, since today is Jan. 19th and I haven’t seen anymore complaints or tails of woe from anyone, I’m going to assume that the Firefox 96.0.1 update fixed the problems and is safe to let it install?  I always wait at least a week before installing these FF updates, and many times it has paid off.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2419428

        FWIW, I’ve installed 96.0.1 on 2 Win 7, 2 Win 8.1, 1 Win 10 (which I now have been forced to deal with), and 3 Linux Mint 19.2 machines. All seems fine. But don’t be surprised if the Mint now looks different. The default home page won’t be the Mint site, but rather an FF site. You may also have to check the default search engine. And while you’re at it, probably a good idea to revisit settings to make sure they are still what you want. This Mint change has come from the new agreement between Mint and Mozilla. It’s been talked about on AskWoody.

        https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/linux-mint-uma-20-2-released/page/2/#post-2417649

        The link is to one of my posts, not because there’s anything noteworthy in it but because it lands you where the agreement has been discussed.

        Edit: Well the link might not go to my post but scroll about 4/5 down the page and there’s discussion of the agreement.

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        • #2419666

          I don’t now and have never used a “default home page”.  I have always set my browsers to “Blank home page”.  Hopefully this has not changed, it would annoy me a lot if it has.

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

        • #2419674

          Well, it might have changed. I had just left the default page as the Mint page, but when I updated FF the default page was a Firefox page. If that happens to you you’ll need to go into settings ad change the default page. I’m OK with the FF default page so I didn’t try to change it. Hopefully, you’ll be able to.

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      • #2419680

        More fixes!  Still in my usual holding pattern…

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2419682

        Thanks

      • #2419696

        Release Notes

        Fixed an issue that caused tab height to display inconsistently on Linux when audio was played (bug 1714276)

        Fixed an issue that caused Lastpass dropdowns to appear blank in Private Browsing mode (bug 1748158)

        Fixed a crash encountered when resizing a Facebook app (bug 1746084)

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      • #2419797
    • #2420827

      I installed Firefox 96.0.2 on my Win 7 computer yesterday and all seemed okay.  Today I turned it on and after about 10 to 15 minutes I got this:

      Firefox-threat

      Firefox would not come up, and I didn’t find anything in the AVG quarantine.  I shut the computer down for about 10 minutes and then turned it back on.  All has been okay since.  Has anyone else had a problem like this?

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2420844

        Check your task manager for any strange running processes,
        then kill them off. Might be an idea to run a full scan on
        your PC with updated AVG.

        Info:
        Win32:Induc-W virus

        Attempts to connect to a dead IP:Port (1 unique times)
        Creates RWX memory
        Starts servers listening on 0.0.0.0:7000
        Unconventionial binary language: Chinese (Simplified)
        Unconventionial language used in binary resources: Chinese (Simplified)
        Checks for the presence of known windows from debuggers and forensic tools
        Anomalous binary characteristics.

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    • #2420833

      ? says:

      don’t have AVG, maybe a false positive? borland delphi compiler virus from 2009.

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    • #2420890

      uBlock Origin 1.40 for Firefox

      uBlock Origin 1.40 Update prevents YouTube ads from loading when Chrome starts

      https://www.ghacks.net/2021/12/24/ublock-origin-1-40-update-introduces-a-workaround-to-block-youtube-ads-in-chrome/

      ..With the change, uBlock Origin will reload active tabs when Chrome is launched, while ignoring the tabs that were inactive/suspended. The update for the extension also includes a couple of other improvements for the My Filters Editor’s auto-complete functionality, scriplets, defusers, and the issue reporter. Pop-up filtering now supports a new scriptlet, window-close-if. The update is not yet live on the Chrome webstore, Opera Addons store and Microsoft Store, but is already available on Firefox’s AMO

      Updated Firefox 91.4.1esr

      while not a regular site visitor, can someone explain why ublock stopped allowing blocking of one click analitics, goole, cloudflare,

      <span data-i18n=”popupAnyRulePrompt”>all</span>
      manga4life.com
      ajax.googleapis.com
      bootstrapcdn.com
      stackpath.bootstrapcdn.com
      cloudflare.com
      cdnjs.cloudflare.com
      cloudflare.net
      use.fontawesome.com.cdn.cloudflare.net<sub>use.fontawesome.com</sub>
      cdn.jsdelivr.net.cdn.cloudflare.net<sub>cdn.jsdelivr.net</sub>
      fontawesome.com
      use.fontawesome.com
      google-analytics.com
      google.com
      gstaticadssl.l.google.com<sub>fonts.gstatic.com</sub>
      googlesyndication.com
      pagead2.googlesyndication.com
      gstatic.com
      fonts.gstatic.com
      imgur.com
      i.imgur.com
      imgur.map.fastly.net
      ipv4.imgur.map.fastly.net<sub>i.imgur.com</sub>
      jsdelivr.net
      cdn.jsdelivr.net
      nep.li
      cover.nep.li
      , while some seems ok, so many intrusive popups, uneeded data scrapping and gathering that doesnt or is forced a user to make a site broken without givin up said data collection, ublock used to allow u to block data services but doesnt anymore is like the how to fix but cant updates from 2020 with sites unaccessable “SSL_ERROR_RX_RECORD_TOO_LONG” to which searching doesnt provide any clear answers even with some “allowed from western browsers search results” fixes, changing browsers doesnt work either, i understand this site supports the great reset, but i thought there was some salvation with real writers providing support and answers for users..
      • #2420899

        I apologize, I’m not quite following your post.  Are you saying you are seeing these errors with this site?

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

    • #2421484

      Jan 27th 2022
      Mozilla Firefox & ESR respective updates on their way:

      Firefox 96.03 (via FTP)
      https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/96.0.3/

      Release notes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/96.0.3/releasenotes/

      Firefox ESR 91.5.1 (via FTP)
      https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/91.5.1esr/

      ESR release notes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/91.5.1/releasenotes/

      No info on changelog pages at time of posting. (check back later..)
      Must be a security related fix if both versions are pending updates.

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      • #2421592

        So, it’s not a security issue at all, a long standing telemetry bug:
        Unintentional collection of user-edited search engine values
        https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1752317

        We discovered that we have been unintentionally receiving unwanted data in some of our search telemetry for Firefox Desktop, Firefox for Android (Fenix)…

        Not from us they haven’t 😛
        Reporting url’s within about:config are blank as a secondary precaution together with all telemetry switched off since the jurassic period..

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        • #2421646

          “Fixes an issue that allowed unexpected data to be submitted in some of our search telemetry.”

          Yeah, I had to uncheck my “Firefox Data & Collection Use” setting boxes to not collect again after updating to FF 96.0.2 on my Linux Mint laptop.  Win 7 was not affected.

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

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    • #2423929
      • #2423999
      • #2424091

        About the Ghacks article, whose link is above in post #242392.

        I am now using Firefox 97. Ghacks says that Mozilla is changing the download behavior in FF 97 whereby the download prompt, by default, is no longer displayed. But, Ghacks says you can change this behavior by going to about:config, entering “browser.download.improvements_to_download_panel” in the search field, and changing the setting to “false” to enable the classic behavior, whereby you DO get the download prompt.

        Well, I tested out the new behavior by doing a download, but I got a download prompt. The prompt looks identical to the old download prompt of FF 96 and earlier, although Ghacks says it is not(??)

        I checked about:config and found that “browser.download.improvements_to_download_panel” was already set to “false”.

        It looks like you do not need to override the new download-prompt behavior, if you set (or have set) the option to “always ask where to download files”.

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    • #2424061

      Taking out old color themes and putting in new ones. Very considerate of Win 10 users who have no colors.  Recognizing Win 11 scrollbars.  As usual, I’ll wait at least a week or longer.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2424749

      Mozilla has issued a updated version (I don’t do the ESR stuff) that includes what they even label is ‘high risk’ vulnerabilities. List of high-risk security fixes is HERE

      That brings us up to v97.  By this time next year, we’ll be updating to v355.3.0

      "War is the remedy our enemies have chosen. And I say let us give them all they want" ----- William T. Sherman

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      • #2424856

        By this time next year, we’ll be updating to v355.3.0

        Correction:  that’s v355.0.3.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2425904

      Mozilla Firefox 97.0.1 coming your way..
      https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/97.0.1/

      Release notes:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/97.0.1/releasenotes/

      nothing for ESR!

      Fixed an issue where TikTok videos would fail to load when selected from a user’s profile page (bug 1750973)

      Fixed an issue which led to Picture-in-Picture mode being unable to be toggled on Hulu (bug 1753401)

      Works around problems with WebRoot SecureAnywhere antivirus rendering Firefox unusable in some situations (bug 1752466)

      Fixed an issue causing users to see the Restore Session screen unexpectedly when starting Firefox (bug 1749996)

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    • #2428629

      ? says:

      the ff esr ppa just sent me 91.7.0esr+build1 to ubuntu 18.04 lts

      still on 97.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1 on 20.04 lts

    • #2429449

      time to update Firefox again

      Firefox versions 97.0.2 and 91.6.1 ESR released March 4 or March 5, depending on region & time zone:

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/97.0.2/releasenotes/
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/91.6.1/releasenotes/

      -fixes recent security vulnerabilities mentioned in security bulletin MFSA2022-09

      patch/update Firefox ASAP!

      note to anonymous – need to obtain an ubuntu version of firefox 91.7.0 esr build 3 (not build 1) or higher for recent security bugfix

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      • #2429450

        Already installed it on a Win 10 Home and 2 Win 8.1 Pro. Seems fine.

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      • #2429462

        There are more than two products affected!
        Firefox, Firefox ESR, Firefox for Android and Focus all have these critical bugs reported by Wang Gang, Liu Jialei, Du Sihang, Huang Yi & Yang Kang of 360 ATA.

        Impact CRITICAL
        #CVE-2022-26485: Use-after-free in XSLT parameter processing

        Removing an XSLT parameter during processing could have lead to an exploitable use-after-free.
        We have had reports of attacks in the wild abusing this flaw.

        Impact CRITICAL
        #CVE-2022-26486: Use-after-free in WebGPU IPC Framework

        An unexpected message in the WebGPU IPC framework could lead to a use-after-free and exploitable sandbox escape.
        We have had reports of attacks in the wild abusing this flaw.

        my bolding within quote*

        These CRITICAL bugs have now been fixed in Firefox 97.0.2, Firefox ESR 91.6.1, Firefox for Android 97.3 and Focus 97.3

        Looks like a weekend of Mozilla updates across various devices /sigh

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    • #2429552

      ? says:

      thanks for the info about the security notices, was wondering why i had an update when i loged on:

      Commit Log for Sat Mar  5 14:11:31 2022
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (91.7.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 91.7.0esr+build3-0ubuntu0.18.04.1

    • #2429833

      Coming to a Mozilla update channel near you on March 8th 2022

      Firefox 98.0 (via FTP available now)
      https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/98.0/

      Release notes for fartfox:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/98.0/releasenotes/

      Firefox 91.7.0 esr (via FTP available now)
      https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/91.7.0esr/

      Release notes for esr:
      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/91.7.0/releasenotes/

      No info on changelog pages at time of posting. (check back later..)

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    • #2429844

      ? says:

      just installed this on Slax 11.2.1

      Commit Log for Mon Mar 7 08:58:18 2022

      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (91.6.0esr-1~deb11u1) to 91.6.1esr-1~deb11u1

    • #2430141

      ? says:

      this ff security patch arrived yesterday, just installed on the last of 4 machines:

      Commit Log for Tue Mar  8 08:13:37 2022
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (97.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 97.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (97.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 97.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

    • #2430461

      After installing Firefox 98, you will probably want to FIX the download process.  I’m assuming this affects Linux as well as Windows.  From the Ghacks.com website:

      “Some Firefox users may prefer to display download prompts, and Firefox offers two options for that. The first enables prompts for specific file types.

      1. Load about:preferences in the Firefox address bar.
      2. Scroll down to the Application’s group.
      3. Use the filter at the top to find a file type.
      4. Double-click on its action field to switch the action to “always ask”.

      Firefox will display a prompt whenever a file of the selected filetype will be downloaded.

      The second option is found on the same page. Locate the Downloads section on the page, and switch the Downloads option from “save files to” to “always ask you where to save files”.”

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2430467

        1. Load about:preferences in the Firefox address bar.
        2. Scroll down to the Application’s group (i.e., Application list).
        3. Use the filter at the top to find a file type. (what if the file type is not listed??)
        4. Double-click on its action field to switch the action to “always ask”.

        From WCHS: Here, I’ve added by comments in bold face.

        The problem is that the Application List is missing some file types, which leaves one with figuring out how to add the missing ones. The other problem is that after the 98.0 update on two machines, FF comes up with an Application List on one machine that is not the same as the one on the other machine, even though FF is synced on the two machines.

        See my solution at #2430419 for adding the missing file types.

        • #2430468

          Yeah, that does present another problem.  It looks like you solved it though.  We should not have go through this nonsense, and why – just to make things quicker?  What happened to the Firefox reputation for Security?

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2431323
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      • #2431555
      • #2431604
          <li id=”note-788988″>Yandex and Mail.ru have been removed as optional search providers in the drop-down search menu in Firefox.If you previously installed a customized version of Firefox with Yandex or Mail.ru, offered through partner distribution channels, this release removes those customizations, including add-ons and default bookmarks. Where applicable, your browser will revert back to default settings, as offered by Mozilla. All other releases of Firefox remain unaffected by the change.

        release notes

        Win 10 home - 21H2
        Attitude is a choice...Choose wisely

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      • #2431611

        I knew it.  Just about every time a new FF version update comes, there’s at least a .0.1 or .0.2.  That’s why I wait at least a week before updating FF.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2433705
    • #2434472

      For those who have no inclination to use an item that seems to have appeared in FF97 (I believe, don’t recall if that’s exactly when it showed up) in the Settings menu labeled “More From Mozilla”, there’s a way to remove it from the Settings menu.

      Simply go into about:config and click your way past the warning that “thar be dragons here” (my wording). You should be presented with a blank search bar that lets you search through the myriad of preferences rather quickly. In that bar, type “moref”, and you should be looking at a preference that says “browser.preferences.moreFromMozilla” with a word across from it that says “true”. Simply double click that preference to change it to “false” which will also make it appear in bold type. Close the about:config page and go back to the Settings menu. You should now see that the listing for “More from Mozilla”no longer appears on the Settings menu.

      If you change your mind in the future, simply go back to the same place in about:config and double click the preference to change it back to “true”.

      BTW, these items have been performed successfully using FF 98.0.2, but can probably be done using FF98.0 and the latest ESR version (if it’s present on that version’s Settings menu) as well. If the “More from Mozilla” item is on the Settings menu, but the preference shown above is not in about:config, you might be able to add it to see if it has any effect.

      • This reply was modified 1 month, 4 weeks ago by Bob99. Reason: Added info about what version was used for changing the setting
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    • #2436972
    • #2438003

      ? says:

      just set this up on ‘buntu 22.04lts beta:

      Commit Log for Fri Apr  8 11:18:20 2022
      Installed the following packages:
      firefox-esr (91.8.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.22.04.1)
      xul-ext-ubufox (3.4-0ubuntu1.17.10.1)

      works nice after rip snortin’ in the configs, have not gone to 99, yet…

      • #2438703

        It’s about that time to ask that question – is FF 99 working okay?  Is anyone using it and if so are there any annoyances or grief on either Windows or Linux?

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

        • #2438710

          I’ve got it on 1 W7, 1 macOS Catalina, 2 W8.1, 3 Mint 19.2 Cinnamon and 1 Mint 20.3 Cinnamon. Everything seems fine.

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    • #2438717

      is FF 99 working okay?

      I had a problem with FF and the FF uBlock Origins not letting me into my ISP e-mail URL. See the topic e-mailer timeout, with the so-far-it’s-working-solution at #2438716.

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    • #2438905
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      • #2438960

        Right on schedule.  This is why I always wait at least a week before updating FF manually.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

        • #2438982

          and the flipside is…
          waiting THAT extra week may/ may not inadvertantly expose your btowser to nefarous miscreants. Remember, the browse IS one of the most important functions within ANY Operating System and one of the portals controlled by the end-user to access the world-wild-web.
          Compare it to not changing the oil in a car when it’s due an oil service..

          "-rw-rw-rw-" extreme computing
        • #2439187

          When another monthly main update, or .01 update comes out, I go to the new FF version release notes and read about it, and I check to see how bad the security risks are.  The higher the risk factor, the quicker I do the update.

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

        • #2439706

          And they still apparently will need another bug fix to correct the slow startup of FF 99.

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2439685

      ? says:

      finally installed 99.0!

      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (98.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 99.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.2

      now EFF Cover Your Tracks rates me as, “Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 212,441 tested in the past 45 days.

    • #2440064

      I’ve been upgrading my Linux Mint 19.2 computers to Mint 20.3 and I’ve noticed Firefox v99.0 is doing something that started back with v 89 (I think) where if you start typing something into the search box it actually goes into the address bar. If you’re seeing this @geekdom has posted the fix here (second post in the topic)

      https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/firefox-home-page-search-options/#post-2426959

      It may just be that in upgrading to 20.3 I’m getting a completely new installation of FF and that therefor I had not yet applied the fix in the above topic.

    • #2441254

      ? says:

      i removed Firefox 99 version 1:1snap1-0ubuntu2 and replaced it with

      firefox-esr 91.8.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.22.04.1 and copied the prefs after setting it up. it works as expected…

    • #2441369

      Firefox System Requirements says that it requires 512 MB of RAM for the 32 bit version, they really mean it!  This may also only be the minimum.  The 64 bit version requires 2 GB of RAM.  I have the 32 bit version and it’s still slow on my 4 GB RAM computer.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2441431

      ? says:

      boy, do i feel your pain Charlie. i miss netscape navigator so much. my 99 and 91-esr run well because i work on them chop, chop slash and burn. this helps a little:

      https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-stop-firefox-making-automatic-connections

      but what really sped things up for me was cutting out all of the safebrowsing (aka Google) junk…

      • #2442409

        To my knowledge, I only have Google as one of my search engines, and nothing else.  No Gmail, no signing on to a Google account, etc.  Most times I use DuckDuckGo as my search engine.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2442332

      ? says:

      just updated esr:

      Commit Log for Wed Apr 27 10:03:23 2022
      Installed the following packages:
      firefox-esr (91.9.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.22.04.1)

      loads quick and runs smooth…

    • #2443519

      Firefox 100.

      No release notes yet.

      https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/100.0/

      website in Firefox 100

      You may find that some webpages do not work correctly in Firefox version 100. This is due to the website not updating to accommodate version numbers with three characters.

      If this impacts a website that you use often, there is a temporary workaround:

      Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter.
      A warning page may appear. Click Accept the Risk and Continue to go to the about:config page.
      Search for the network.http.useragent.forceVersion preference.
      Select the Fx71aboutconfig-EditButton button next to the preference and set its value to 99.
      Select Fx71aboutconfig-Checkmark to save the change.
      Restart Firefox…

      Firefox 102 is the next ESR release

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      • #2443534

        Maybe a stupid question, but why don’t they build the about:config changes into the update if it’s a known issue ?

        Windows 10 Home 21H2, Acer Aspire TC-1660 desktop, non-techie

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      • #2443563

        You may find that some webpages do not work correctly in Firefox version 100. This is due to the website not updating to accommodate version numbers with three characters.

        With FF, it’s one problem after another!!!
        They need to get with it or else they are going to keep losing out.

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        • #2443574

          It’s not just FF, any browser using 3 digits for it’s “major” version (i.e. Chrome, Edge, etc.) can encounter this problem.

          And it’s not a browser bug/problem, it’s caused by outdated website software/configuration.

           

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      • #2443701

        If this impacts a website that you use often, there is a temporary workaround:

        Can you explain what these about:config changes do? Do they, for example, run v100 if a website can handle v 100, but revert to v 99 if a website can’t handle v.100?

        The reason I am asking is this:
        Let’s say that you DO run into a website now that can’t handle v 100, so you do the about:config changes.

        Then, let’s say that your websites are able later to handle v 100, then what? If the about:config changes remain, do these ‘problem websites’ still revert to v 99? Or do the well-working websites (all of them at this later date) not revert any longer? And come version 101+, those about:config changes can still remain? Maybe, they’re actually mute by this time, because all of the websites are able to cope with versions higher than 99?

        Just trying to get a grip on the impact of those about:config changes down the road, when problem websites are equipped to deal with versions greater than 99.

        • #2443722

          @WCHS

          What that particular change in about:config does is tell web sites that your browser’s version number is something lower than 100 (fewer than 3 digits).

          This then avoids the problem of the web site being unable to deal with a browser version number higher than 99.something.

          R/

          Bob99

      • #2443743

        Search for the network.http.useragent.forceVersion preference

        I am on Version 100 and I find that a website is not working well. network.http.useragent.forceVersion preference does not exist in about:config. Should I click on the ‘+’ sign to add it. And then set its value to 99?

      • #2443755

        Thanks for this. I had just read it and 10 minutes later got a call with the issue. Chrome and Edge v100+ were working but not default Firefox. Thank you for a quick and easy reference!

        • #2443790

          What I’d like to know is whether FF users on FF 100 are able to follow those instructions that Alex quoted here. (They are also on FF Help at Difficulties opening or using a website with Firefox 100.)

          Although FF says in its Help page that there is a preference named network.http.useragent.forceVersion, it does not show up in a search, but one DOES have the option of adding it.

          I’ve never added a FF preference before, so does adding it then give you the opportunity to specify a value of 99?? And, if so, does adding it work when dealing with websites that are not yet prepared for FF 100?

          I’d say that FF Help is not quite up to speed with version 100 because what Help says is there is NOT there.

        • #2443791

          I take all of that back now. I just searched *again* in about:config for network.http.useragent.forceVersion and it shows up with an ‘edit’ option.

          Yeah!!

      • #2443844
      • #2443847
    • #2443693

      Firefox 100.   It’s times like this when a “Boo Hiss” do-hickey right next to the “Thanks” would really come in handy!

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

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      • #2444055

        I should clarify that I mean that Boo-Hiss to be aimed at Mozilla and not anyone here on the AskWoody site.  I think it would have been easier just to have gone back to the number 1.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2444259

      I should clarify that I mean that Boo-Hiss to be aimed at Mozilla

      Mozilla has nothing to do with shady ill-updated web sites.

      • #2444405

        Oh, okay, then it seems we’re having to jump through hoops again fixing Firefox just to make it accommodate shady ill-updated websites.  I got it now, thanks.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

        • #2444441

          I’ve installed FF100 on a Win 8.1 computer and have not had any problems loading web pages/sites. I’ve been to a few bank/financial sites, and even a couple federal government sites with no problems logging on. If the Fed gov’t can get it right, then anyone should be able to. Frankly, with all the advance notice about the 3 digit issue, I would question any site that’s having an issue with it.

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        • #2444444

          I ran into one yesterday for a financial institution. They had it working for Chrome and Edge but not Firefox. Client kept getting a warning to upgrade Firefox although of course she was on the latest version. Set the network.http.useragent.forceVersion and she was back to work.

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        • #2444839

          Oh, okay, then it seems we’re having to jump through hoops again fixing Firefox just to make it accommodate shady ill-updated websites.  I got it now, thanks.

          I’m thinking Y2K . . .  🙂

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        • #2444935

          Yeah, but that was MS.  I’ve come to expect more quality from Mozilla.  Maybe I’m expecting too much.

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2444543
    • #2444544

      PortableApps : https://portableapps.com/news/2022-05-05–adding-12-languages-to-firefox-thunderbird-and-seamonkey

      Adding 12 More Languages To Firefox, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey Builds

      We’re happy to announce that we’ve added 12 more languages to builds of the Mozilla apps, expanding access to hundreds of millions more users. We cut down on unused languages for the Beta, Dev, ESR, and Nightly channels to free up build time and have now added Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Lithuanian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Serbian, Swedish, Thai, and Vietnamese to all 3 apps where available. Firefox Portable is now available in 39 languages, Thunderbird Portable is now available in 37 languages, and SeaMonkey Portable is now available in 22 languages. Users of the PortableApps.com Platform who install or update one of these apps from today forward will automatically get their preferred language. You can also do a standalone upgrade with or without the platform to change to your preferred language.

    • #2445033

      Yeah, but that was MS.  I’ve come to expect more quality from Mozilla.  Maybe I’m expecting too much.

      What was MS ? Y2K ?
      Y2K was a global problem where Windows was just a speck.
      Main Y2K problems were with banks software.

      Again as I said in a response, Mozilla has nothing to do with these Internet sites buggy handling. Mozilla gave a workaround (Google/Edge did too).

      • #2445616

        Main Y2K problems were with banks software.

        I think that the banks and most other companies in 1999 where all mostly using software made by Microsoft (Office, Windows, Internet Explorer, etc.).  Ten years earlier, smart people started thinking about the problem and taking measures to correct it.  I myself had to get special software made by Parson’s Technology to make sure my 1993 computer with MS DOS and Windows 3.1 and Windows Works would flip over to 2000 instead of 1900.  I don’t remember Microsoft producing anything to help even though they were the main source of software.

        We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2445683

      I think that the banks and most other companies in 1999 where all mostly using software made by Microsoft (Office, Windows, Internet Explorer, etc.).

      Far from it.
      Banks, I worked at a bank and had to “fix” hundreds mainframe programs.. PCs were terminals connected to servers and mainframe.

    • #2445760

      I think that the banks and most other companies in 1999 where all mostly using software made by Microsoft (Office, Windows, Internet Explorer, etc.).

      Far from it.
      Banks, I worked at a bank and had to “fix” hundreds mainframe programs.. PCs were terminals connected to servers and mainframe.

      Right. And not just banks. Any very large (and not so large) company or corporation or higher education institution or government agency, etc., still had plenty of mainframes in 1999 (and many still do).

      At the very large government agency were I was working at the time they froze all IT activity for 18 months leading up to Y2K. Almost all of the huge IT staff were redirected to a massive effort to review, test, and update all of the code they were responsible for to make sure it was Y2K compliant. The only other changes allowed during that period were cyclical changes that had to be made (i.e. end of year tax related processes), legally mandated changes (i.e., new laws from congress), and emergency fixes for any serious problems that cropped up during that time that couldn’t be delayed.

      It really was a massive effort, involving hundreds of thousands of mainframe programs, many going back decades, many of which hadn’t been touched for years.

      So yeah, more than just banks and Microsoft. 🙂

    • #2445803

      I was not aware that banks had to write code and produce their own software.  I had thought that was done mostly in the scientific community.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2445805

      I was not aware that banks had to write code and produce their own software.  I had thought that was done mostly in the scientific community.

      Banks, enterprises, governments… still develop and use their own software for both Mainframes and PCs.

    • #2445790

      ? says:

      don’t really remember y2k, that was 22 years ago and it is just a distant blur. remember new years nite, a little though, and that the world didn’t end…

      any way just installed v100 and it took away my green security verified icon. about config “security.<wbr />secure_connection_icon_color_gray.” may have to revert to esr to get it to go green again.

    • #2445886

      Well, I waited a week and just installed Firefox 100 on my Win 7 machine.  The slow loading problem is gone!  As far as I can tell everything is fine.  It just goes to show, you never know (Roseanne Roseannadana).  Hope I can say the same for FF 100 on Linux Mint.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2446220

      ? says:

      aah, feel so much better, now:

      Commit Log for Fri May 13 10:16:57 2022
      Completely removed the following packages:
      firefox
      firefox-locale-en

      and,

      Commit Log for Fri May 13 10:21:14 2022
      Installed the following packages:
      firefox-esr (91.9.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1)

      my little green man icon returned home…

    • #2446284

      Last night I installed the Linux Mint version of Firefox 100.  It seemed okay with the exception of the teeny tiny super thin Scrollbar!  Firefox Release Notes says this:

      “Scrollbars on Linux and Windows 11 won’t take space by default. On Linux, users can change this in Settings. On Windows, Firefox follows the system setting (System Settings > Accessibility > Visual Effects > Always show scrollbars).”

      The scrollbar now is only 1/8″ when it’s expanded, and I have a relatively old resolution of 1200 by 800.  I searched all through my LM System settings and nothing had changed there, the scrollbars were the same as I had them set previously. Then I checked the Firefox Settings and could not find any “setting” having to do with the Scrollbar or how to change its width.

      Has anyone else found a way to correct or undo this annoyance?  This only happened on Linux Mint.  They were not messed up on Win 7.

      I can see where they are right in saying “Scrollbars on Linux Win 11 won’t take space by default”, on the higher resolutions used on most modern computers you probably can’t even see them!

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2446334

      Well if anyone is interested, I found this:

      Enter about:config, click okay, and enter widget.non-native-theme.scrollbar.style in the search preference name box.

      Press the Return or Enter key to find the setting.

      Click the Edit (pencil) button on the right side of the widget.non-native-theme.scrollbar.style setting.

      Delete the current 0 value for the default OS style scrollbar.

      Then input the value 1 (Mac OS X), 2 (GTX), 3 (Android), 4 (Windows 10), or 5 (Windows 11) in the widget.non-native-theme.scrollbar.style box for the scrollbar style you want to change to.

      For example, enter 4 to change the scrollbar to the default Windows 10 design (which I found the best).

      Click the Save button on the right side of the widget.non-native-theme.scrollbar.style setting to apply.

      Entering 4 gave me nice size dark grey scroll bar which is so much better IMO.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

    • #2446357
    • #2447940

      ? says:

      14 days later comes:

      Commit Log for Fri May 20 08:46:18 2022
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (91.9.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 91.9.1esr+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

      keepin’ up wit the Joneses…

    • #2447978

      Security Vulnerabilities fixed in Firefox 100.0.2, Firefox for Android 100.3.0, Firefox ESR 91.9.1, Thunderbird 91.9.1

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2022-19/

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    • #2448257

      ? says:

      thanks, Alex,

      Commit Log for Sun May 22 08:56:07 2022
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (100.0+build2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 100.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1 &

      thunderbird (1:91.8.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 1:91.9.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/100.0.2/releasenotes/?utm_source=firefox-browser&utm_medium=firefox-browser&utm_campaign=whatsnew

      https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2022-19/ (same as post #2447978 above)

    • #2448597

      ? says:

      this just in:

      Commit Log for Mon May 23 16:30:46 2022
      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox-esr (91.9.1esr+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 91.10.0esr+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1

       

    • #2448762

      Mozilla Firefox ESR, Portable Edition 91.9.1

      As per DefCon 4 info today…

      “Consumer and home users–Anyone using Firefox will want to ensure that version 100.0.2 is installed. Released on May 20, it includes several updates discovered during Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative contest, called Pwn2Own.”

      How does this pertain to ESR?

      Currently I’m on portable v.91.7.1esr.  Do I need to be in a hurry to go to 91.9.1?

      Win 8.1 (home & pro) Group B, Linux Dabbler

      • #2448769

        Currently I’m on portable v.91.7.1esr.  Do I need to be in a hurry to go to 91.9.1?

        Firefox esr 91.9.1 which has been released together with 100.0.2 contains the same security updates.

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