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53.0 Firefox Release

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Today's Firefox release makes Firefox faster and more stable with a separate process for graphics compositing (the Quantum Compositor). Compact themes and tabs save screen real estate, and the redesigned permissions notification improves usability. Learn more on the Mozilla Blog.

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Also: Mozilla Firefox 53.0 Released, Drops Old Linux CPU Support

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  • Mozilla Firefox 53.0 Released, Drops Old Linux CPU Support

    Firefox 53.0 drops pre Pentium 4 and Opteron Linux support. Firefox 53.0 also has support for WebM videos with alpha channel, lightweight theme changes along with new light and dark lightweight/compact theme options shipping, the Reader Mode can now display a time estimate for reading a given web page, and more. Mozilla also decided to remove the Aurora channel from their release cycle. There are also other changes in Firefox 53.0, but mostly affecting macOS and Windows users (like a "Quantum Compositor" being used now by Firefox on Windows)

  • Mozilla abandons experimental Aurora Firefox channel

    Mozilla is killing the channel it introduced for developers to test experimental new features in Firefox and keep pace with Chrome.

    The Aurora channel will stop receiving new code releases from 18 April, Mozilla has said.

    New code will revert to the established Firefox Nightly builds from where it will land in beta builds of Firefox Developer Edition.

Mozilla Thunderbird 52 Released

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Thunderbird 52.0 is now available as the latest stable release for those using this Mozilla-developed mail client.

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Firefox Photon: new design mockups show interface, and more

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We talked about the upcoming Firefox interface design change, codename Photon, before here on Ghacks, and even revealed a mockup showing some of its interface elements last week.

Turned out later that the mockup was not by the Photon team, but by another Firefox team that used tidbits of Photon in the screenshot.

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Mozilla Firefox 52.0.2 Released to Fix Linux Crash on Startup, Other Issues

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Mozilla released today, March 28, 2017, the second maintenance update to the Firefox 52.0 web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

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Mozilla News

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  • Mozilla Proposes "Obsidian" Low-Level Graphics API For The Web, Based On Vulkan
  • Keynote: Creative Approaches To Diversity - Katharina Borchert, Chief Innovation Officer, Mozilla
  • Diversity Makes Projects More Successful

    Open source projects are by their nature intended to be welcoming, pulling in contributions from many different volunteers. But in reality, open source and the tech industry in general often lack diversity. Speaking at the Open Source Leadership Summit in February, Mozilla’s Chief Innovation Officer Katharina Borchert told the crowd that working to bring ethnic, gender, and skill diversity to open source projects isn’t just the right thing to do because of moral grounds, it’s the right thing to do to make projects more successful.

    “The next generation of people coming online and potentially willing -- even eager -- to engage with us, to contribute to our work, they're not going to look like us, they're not going to talk like us, and they're going to have different expectations,” Borchert said.

  • How Do We Connect First-Time Internet Users to a Healthy Web? [Ed: Palpable irony from the company that goes along with DRM (EME)]

    Three billion of us now share the Internet. But our online experiences differ greatly, depending on geography, gender and income.

    For a software engineer in San Francisco, the Internet can be open and secure. But for a low-income, first-time smartphone user in Nairobi, the Internet is most often a small collection of apps in an unfamiliar language, limited further by high data costs.

    This undercuts the Internet’s potential as a global public resource — a resource everyone should be able to use to improve their lives and societies.

Mozilla News

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  • There’s Now an Arc Theme for Thunderbird

    If you use both the Arc GTK theme and Mozilla Thunderbird as your e-mail app, we've found a theme you'll want to use.

  • WebVR and AFrame Bringing VR to Web at the Virtuleap Hackathon

    Imagine an online application that lets city planners walk through three-dimensional virtual versions of proposed projects, or a math program that helps students understand complex concepts by visualizing them in three dimensions. Both CityViewR & MathworldVR are amazing applications experiences that bring to life the possibilities of virtual reality (VR).

Mozilla News: More on Firefox 52 and WebAssembly

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  • Diskio Pi Wants to Be the Ultimate Open Source Tablet Powered by Raspberry Pi
    A new open source project hit Kickstarter a few days ago, and it caught our attention because it appears to be a versatile machine that's fully compatible with Raspberry Pi and Odroid single-board computers. Created by Guillaume Debray, an optician with 10+ years experience in making and selling glasses, yet a passionate computer engineer with deep knowledge of programming and hardware assembly and manufacturing processes, the Diskio Pi project wants to be the ultimate open source tablet powered by Raspberry Pi. Diskio Pi is the result of 18 months of development, and, in fact, it seems to be some sort of versatile device built on top of a single-board computer. It's currently compatible with Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3, Raspberry Pi Zero, Odroid C1, and Odroid C2 SBCs, and can run Ubuntu, Debian, Raspbian Pixel, or Android.
  • The new Entroware Hybris could make a reasonable Linux gaming laptop
    Entroware, the UK-based Linux hardware vendor have released two newer laptops and one of them could be a reasonable gaming unit.
  • Chrome OS' Upcoming Night Light Feature Gets "Sunset to Sunrise" Automatic Mode
    The fantastic Chrome OS team over at Google is on a rampage, and after teasing us with the revamped sign-in/lock screens and new power management settings, today François Beaufort revealed yet another cool feature for our Chromebooks. This time, the developer announced on his Google+ page that the Chrome OS team is working on implementing an automatic "Sunset to Sunrise" mode for the upcoming Night Light feature, which should improve our sleep after using a Chromebook at night and ensures reduced strain on the eyes by limiting the amount of blue light emitted by the display.
  • CrossOver for Android Lets You Run Windows Apps on Intel-Based Chromebooks
    CodeWeavers‏, the commercial company behind the well-known CrossOver for Linux and Mac application that lets users install and run Windows apps and games is still working to release an Android version. Dubbed CrossOver Android, the project has been in development for the past year, and while it's still in an Alpha state, it looks like it is already capable of running Windows software on Intel-based Chromebooks and Android tablets. Since then, the project kept updating CrossOver for Android with new features.
  • Quick Reminder For The 2017 Linux Laptop Survey

Open Source Adreno Project “Freedreno” Receives New Update

Users of Freedreno, the open-source graphics driver support for Adreno on Linux distributions, will be pleased to know that a new update has been released in the past week. Lead developer Rob Clark discussed many of the details in his blog, which highlight above all the support for Adreno 500 series GPUs. Among the highlights include compute shaders for OpenGL and OpenGL ES, improved performance and improved Linux distribution support. Read more