• Firefox 84.0.2: YouTube Issue


    FF 84.0.2 and  on Linux Mint 20.0 Cinnamon and running the Hardware Enablement Kernel 5.8.0-36 and YouTube videos get frozen in a Stuttering mode with that annoying sound and the Videos frozen in that stuttering state. I have had to revert my system to an earlier system time-shift snapshot  to get back to FF 84.0.1 but now I’m not protected for a critical security bug that was patched in FF 84.0.2!

    Maybe I’ll try FF ESR add see if that works but has anyone ruining Ubuntu 20.1 Groovy Gorilla had any issue with FF 84.0.2 as Kernel 5.8 is the standard kernel for that Distro version. Mint 20 is still supposed to be using Kernel 5.4 by my newest laptop’s needs Kernel 5.6/Later and I’m only offered Kernel 5.8 as the current HWE Kernel option via Mint’s update manager that’s using the Ubuntu Kernel base options.

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    • #2327785

      I was about to go test that for you and see what there was to be seen, but OpenSUSE hasn’t posted the update in question yet. They’re kinda slow, but since Mozilla and Ubuntu refuse to integrate the simple patch that makes Firefox work nicely with KDE, I get it from OpenSUSE even though I use an Ubuntu derivative. I can give it a try when (if?) OpenSUSE gets around to it.

      Also, in the Linux world, version numbers do not work like decimals. 20.10 (indicating year 2020, month 10) is not the same as 20.1 (2020, month 1).

      In other contexts, the numbers are simply incremented, and the dot is a spacer, not an actual decimal point. It was hard for me to get my mind around the idea that Powertop 2.10 is newer than 2.9, but that is how they do it. Each new release increments by 1, and after 9 is 10. Thus, 2.1 and 2.10 are not the same as decimal logic would dictate, but are nine versions apart!

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      • #2327886

        Some Typos in that But really it’s made me realize that I’ve got to start doing more Timeshift snapshots before installing any Firefox update and make sure to test YouTube videos afterwards to make sure. I usually reserve Timeshift snapshots for Kernel updates but now I’ll begin to do that for Firefox updates as well. And Thank Goodness my newest laptop is M.2/NVMe based as Snapshots and restores go so quickly on modern M.2/NVMe capable laptop hardware.

        I’m just going to avoid Firefox’s latest update on my newest laptop (currently on Mint 20.0 Cinnamon and Kernel 5.8.0-36/HWE) as Mint 20.1 has just become available and I need to get out and get a new M.2/NVM SSD to replace that Western Digital one with a Samsung M.2/NVMe so I do not have to mess with any Grub editing just to get the laptop to boot  Linux after a  brand new install or from a Live USB session. I’ll have to get Windows 10 1909/Home installed as well before installing Mint 20.1 alongside 10/1909 Home. I’ve got to get that laptop’s Realtek WiFi card replaced with an Intel variant so maybe I’ll not have to work with an out of tree driver for the WiFi card and that Realtek driver will not get loaded with secure boot enabled so I’ve just keep Secure Boot disabled because I’m mostly only using the laptop online when it’s booted into Mint 20.

        It’s Funny that Linux Mint has a 20.0 and 20.1 while Ubuntu has 20.10 but Mint 20.1 is still using the 5.4 Kernel while Ubuntu(groovy gorilla)/20.10  uses Kernel 5.8. And Linux Mint 20.0’s Update manager still offers the option of pulling in the 5.8 HWE kernels from the Ubuntu base.  I’m really not interested in doing too much more with that Laptop as far as Firefox/Other things are concerned until I can get out and Purchase a new M.2/NVMe SSD that plays nicely with Linux, no Grub is editing required.

    • #2328607

      Just for information, I got the FF 84.0.2 right after it came out because of the security fix.  I haven’t noticed any problem with Youtube, however, I’m using Linux Mint 19.1 with Kernel 4.15.123, 32 bit, on an old Sony vaio laptop.

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    • #2328633

      ? says:

      Commit Log for Sun Jan 10 12:32:31 2021

      Upgraded the following packages:
      firefox (84.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 84.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      firefox-locale-en (84.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) to 84.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
      linux-generic-hwe-20.04 ( to
      linux-headers-generic-hwe-20.04 ( to
      linux-image-generic-hwe-20.04 ( to
      linux-libc-dev (5.4.0-59.65) to 5.4.0-60.67
      tzdata (2020d-0ubuntu0.20.04) to 2020f-0ubuntu0.20.04

      Installed the following packages:
      linux-headers-5.8.0-36-generic (5.8.0-36.40~20.04.1)
      linux-hwe-5.8-headers-5.8.0-36 (5.8.0-36.40~20.04.1)
      linux-image-5.8.0-36-generic (5.8.0-36.40~20.04.1)

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    • #2334695

      It appears to be related to FF’s Performance settings and I have disabled both the use recommended and the use hardware acceleration when available options and rebooted my computer. and that issue happens with the 5.8 “Edge” Kernel that now shipping as I updated my Kernel from 5.8.0-36 to 5.8.0-38 and the issues is still there if any of the performance settings(Use Recommend Performance/Use hardware acceleration are enabled in FF. And I have since updated FF fro 84.0.1 to FF 84.0.2 and YouTube works as long as the performance settings are not enabled. Ubuntu 20.10(Groovy Gorilla) was released 22 October 2020 and it’s probably going to take as while for Kernel 5.8 to get the stability more mature but the laptop(Ryzen 5 3550H and Radeon RX560X Discrete mobile GPU) has it’s share of issues that are unique to that laptop’s Specific ASUS make and Model(TUF FX505DY) including some BIOS errors that show up in the Boot Log. But for the most part that laptop is fine for daily usage running Mint 20 and Kernel 5.8 and at least Linux Kernel 5.6/Later is needed for that laptops cooling fans to ramp properly under load.

    • #2334784

      ? says:

      interesting. i use the default performance settings on ubuntu 16 (2), 18, 20.04 unity min. (2), and 20.04 gnome (1 min. 1 full) on FF 84.0.2 and youtube works as expected on all versions. i run them from sandisk sticks on a late 2007 acer built for vista 2core amd, and Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS690-mesa/r300…

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