Mozilla launches Firefox 46, as dull of an update as they come

By Shawn Knight ยท 27 replies
Apr 26, 2016
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  1. Mozilla on Tuesday pushed Firefox 46 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The latest version of the popular web browser is a pretty small update in terms of new desktop features with Mozilla instead focusing most of its attention on Android and behind-the-scenes security and stability improvements (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

    The biggest change on the desktop side is GTK3 integration for Linux users (I told you it was pretty dull).

    The full desktop change log is as follows:

    And the full change log for the Android release:

    If you already use Firefox, your browser should automatically update to the latest version. Newcomers or those returning to Mozilla’s browser can download it by clicking here or visiting Google Play.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,663   +1,949

    Final update from FireFox...


    ... was saved by a taxidermologist...


    Isn't he a cutie... the unfading possessive stare...
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2016
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  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,997   +1,317

    Just switched to chrome, couldnt take the obscene CPU usage and hanging (only one additional plugin...) anymore. too little too late.
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,097   +1,273

    This is ironic, I'm thinking of switching back to firefox. I can't stand that google tracks everything I do. I open my phone and can see them give me updates on product pricing on similar products to what I've searched, scores for a sport I have watched, ect.
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,997   +1,317

    thats the only reason I took so long to switch to begin with. I don't want to use chrome, but I need to be able to open a youtube video without my browser hanging for 15 seconds.
  6. Revolution 11

    Revolution 11 TS Enthusiast Posts: 40

    Try Pale Moon. No Chrome tracking but also no Firefox hitching and hanging.
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  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,097   +1,273

    Thanks, I'll give it a go.
  8. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,097   +1,273

    That's an issue for sure. How long does it take devs to iron out performance in their browsers? Firefox has had buxom time to optimize yet they are still slowly chugging along. At this point they have to realize that they will never get back their market share unless they stop dragging their feet.
  9. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,654   +1,092

    I can't believe that they are so far behind development.
  10. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,585   +250

    Firefox has always been my browser of choice but I tried Pale Moon on my W10 netbook. It did not impress at all and I'm back with Firefox. It was my impression that Mozilla were working on a completely new, faster browser to replace Firefox. Did I get that wrong?
  11. deemon

    deemon TS Addict Posts: 253   +70

    OH WHAT? Firefox didn't come with some new completely pointless feature this time? Like .... 3D web browsing ... or attached horoscope .... or left pocket?

    (As a completely irrelevant sidenote... I just yesterday first discovered they finally released in last year december 64-bit firefox for windows .... so swapped mine out for this one. Biggest firefox upgrade in last 3 years for sure.)
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  12. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,097   +1,273

    Mozilla and friends.

    Still a ways off and not entirely sure it will be completed.
  13. amghwk

    amghwk TS Addict Posts: 205   +82

    "Dull" because of update for Linux???
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    That's because you never clear your browsing history, internet cache and cookies. Something you should do regularly.
  15. Mandark

    Mandark TS Booster Posts: 76   +22

    Because That's as dull as they come...
  16. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,329   +1,977

    Why does an upgrade have to be "exciting"? If it works and is dependable, that alone is getting to be pretty darn exciting these days! ...
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  17. robb213

    robb213 TS Maniac Posts: 330   +100

    Eh, it works for me. Never hangs on me; the only time it does is due to some poorly written CSS script on someone's sub-reddit. Not that it didn't used to a long time ago.

    To each their own.
  18. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,923   +756

    I've been using Waterfox for some time now - 64bit.
    It works well enough for me, and I don't have gagme drone tracking my every keystroke.
  19. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    I really don't understand where all this hatred for Firefox is coming from. It's open source, protects your privacy and works with the internet. What exactly is the problem here? Also, this is the second time I'm reading a article on TechSpot where Firefox is getting dragged through the mud for no good reason. What's with that, TechSpot?
  20. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,097   +1,273

    I run CCleaner weekly.
  21. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Aha! That's good but you could also install CCleaner Enhancer addon and run that once in a while, then remove it. You'd be surprised by the amount of crap it finds removes and space it frees up. You should also go into your Google settings and manually clean everything once in a while. Google then doesn't know what ads to try ram down your throat and useless suggestions to recommend, it gets more confused than a fire (red) ant in an all girls boarding school and remains mum for a while until it gets used to your bad habits again. ;)
  22. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    People need something to complain about whether good or bad. Imagine living in the beautiful #PNW where they complain about the weather regardless. :)
  23. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,097   +1,273

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to try them out later today.
  24. QuaZulu

    QuaZulu TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +10

    Ah, you see, those hoops are why I continue to resist Chrome. Next thing someone will say, "You have to press up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A to get into the 'clear everything' mode."
  25. LordLestat

    LordLestat TS Rookie

    Let's see..

    Because they have abandoned power users for Google Chrome and general simple users? Because they try to change Firefox into some bad version of Google Chrome with copying the Chrome UI, Chrome features, Chrome extension system and throwing away everything which made Firefox famous like advanced UI customization, features and user choice? Or because they dislike traditional society values? Or is it that they hate Google so much who used them and has thrown them away after their contract ended that they can not move on and try to beat Google with being more Chrome than Chrome?

    They are the same like Opera. Both are selling-out to be attractive to simple and Chrome users and abandoning their origin user base of expert users. You see, the list to dislike Mozilla (and Opera) is quite long and this are just the more serious points.
    Last edited: May 1, 2016

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