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Firefox 31 Released 172

Posted by Soulskill
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An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has released version 31 of its Firefox web browser for desktops and Android devices. According to the release notes, major new features include malware blocking for file downloads, automatic handling of PDF and OGG files if no other software is available to do so, and a new certificate verification library. Smaller features include a search field on the new tab page, better support for parental controls, and partial implementation of the OpenType MATH table. Firefox 31 is also loaded with new features for developers. Mozilla also took the opportunity to note the launch of a new game, Dungeon Defenders Eternity, which will run at near-native speeds on the web using asm.js, WebGL, and Web Audio. "We're pleased to see more developers using asm.js to distribute and now monetize their plug-in free games on the Web as it strengthens support for Mozilla's vision of a high performance, plugin-free Web."
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Firefox 31 Released

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  • by tepples (727027) <<tepples> <at> <gmail.com>> on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @04:13PM (#47510627) Homepage Journal
    If the "malware blocking" is anything like the analogous feature in Internet Explorer (called "SmartScreen"), then it's going to be harder for end users to download and install a newly compiled executable release of an application developed and self-published by an individual, even if that program is distributed under a free software license. IE repeatedly warns users that if an executable is "not commonly downloaded" by other IE users participating in SmartScreen, it should be deleted on sight, especially if the developer hasn't paid protection money to a member of the Authenticode CA cartel.
  • Re:no thanks (Score:5, Interesting)

    by xeno (2667) on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @04:16PM (#47510639)

    ...and I'm not alone. According to Moz's own dev feedback tools, the Australis phelgm-globber of an interface has been trending at 80%-dislike from day one after introduction..

    http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/11/less-than-20-per-cent-of-users-like-firefoxs-new-australis-ui/
    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/999831
    http://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/05/12/133214

  • by ultranova (717540) on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @04:59PM (#47510935)

    Any chance we can just have a web browser which just does normal browsing, doesn't take hundreds of MB to run, and starts in under a couple of seconds ?

    Next you'll be asking it to not leak memory like a sieve.

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