If you’re waiting for the next major Firefox release, the wait is finally over as Mozilla just uploaded the final Firefox 88 build on its FTP servers ahead of today’s official launch.
While it still doesn’t enable AVIF image format support by default, despite the fact that the beta version shipped with AVIF enabled by default, Firefox 88 promises to enable the WebRender feature by default for users using the KDE Plasma and Xfce desktop environments on Intel/AMD machines.
As you can imagine, this makes your web browsing experience faster and more reliable. Mozilla already shipped WebRender by default for GNOME/X11 users with the Firefox 84 release, but now they are expanding it to more Linux configurations where they believe it’s ready for production use.
Also for Linux users, the Firefox 88 release makes pinch-zooming using a touchpad smoother on Wayland. Pinch-zooming in Firefox works by holding down the Ctrl key on your laptop’s keyboard and pinching with two fingers on the touchpad to zoom in or out.
Firefox is joining other popular web browsers in dropping FTP support. With Firefox 88, Mozilla has disabled FTP support by default and they the Open Source company plans to completely remove the implementation starting with the Firefox 90 release this summer.
For Android users, Firefox 88 addresses an issue where full-screen or picture-in-picture video playback won’t display correctly on websites using a desktop viewport.
Mozilla plans to officially release Firefox 88 later today, when it will start rolling out to Linux, macOS, and Windows systems via OTA updates. Linux users who have Firefox installed from their distro’s repositories won’t receive it via OTA (Over-the-Air) updates, so you can download the binaries right now from Mozilla’s servers.
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