There are a lot of fun things posted on r/firefox every month, but if you don’t visit often, you might miss some things.
This is the inaugural post of a (hopefully) monthly post that tries to distill the best of that forum (in my opinion) over the last month. I’m totally open to feedback, so please let me know what you think.
Without further ado, let’s jump in!
🎉 Firefox 100 was Released!
17 years after the first version of Firefox, we’re at 100 versions. You can take a look at the complete release notes for everything that was changed.
Some of the features that got reddit users excited are: HTTPS-only mode for Firefox on Android, being able to select preferred color schemes for websites and its menus, improved process isolation in Windows (aka Win32k Lockdown), overlay scrollbars on Linux and Windows 11, and improved performance on various sites.
Total Cookie Protection Testing (for Standard ETP)
At 818 net votes, the r/Firefox community seems very interested in the new Total Cookie Protection test. wisniewskit dropped by to answer some questions about it, including explaining that while this has been available as an option since Firefox 86, Mozilla is hoping to enable it by default for all Firefox users.
Under the hood, opting into Total Cookie Protection in this test sets
network.cookie.cookieBehavior to 5, which rejects (known) trackers and partitions third-party storage.
It is exciting to see this valuable privacy feature nearing universal release!
There were plenty of discussions of add-ons in the last month.
- ClassCusername shared an open source add-on that automatically answers cookie pop-ups based on your preferences. Consent-O-Matic is a cool idea, and I installed it to try it out.
- ademkingTN showed up in a post about his open-source add-on, BetterViewer, which adds features to the image viewer built into browsers. Adem plans to support Firefox for Android – exciting!
- SarcasticGrin shared a very simple redirector add-on to make YouTube shorts play using the standard YouTube video player.
✊ Take Back the Web 🌐
- Unwashed_villager noted that one of the best reasons to switch (not referenced in the article) is the much better font rendering on Windows and Linux.
- hasbro-elephan pointed out that uBlock Origin works best on Firefox.
This may not end up going anywhere, as it is based on leaks, but The Register says that Apple’s grip on iOS browser engines [will be] disallowed under latest draft EU rules.
Personally, I’ll believe it when I see it, and I’m not holding my breath. Others are pessimistic about the prospect that this will lead to “even more Chromium on this world”.
🙌 Uplifting Posts
Firefox graphics team engineer jrmuizel asked redditors for feedback on sites that are worse in Firefox than in Chrome.
🐛 Bugs and Issues
- Ausmerica posted about a bug in Firefox 100 causing tabs to appear with black text on a black tab in Windows 8.1.
- Darth_Jupiter posted about low resolution/poor quality video on new reddit. I went ahead and filed a bug. Firefox developers will reach out to reddit to ask for help in identifying where the problem is.
- Andrade132 rediscovered an existing issue where the background color of custom images in Top Sites shows up as white.
- Linux users are excited about a fix that re-enables VA-API hardware video decode (without needing to disable a media decoder sandbox). VA-API decode isn’t yet enabled in release Firefox, so if you want the latest features and fixes, use Firefox Nightly.
- A bug posted by Itay1787 where opening the Page Info window caused a crash in RTL languages was just fixed and may be uplifted to release and beta.
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