Mozilla’s Firefox Quantum browser is ridiculously fast

Firefox Quantum launches November 14, 2017.

Firefox Quantum launches November 14, 2017.

After announcing plans for Project Quantum late last year, Mozilla has now launched its overhauled Firefox in beta stage, making it an increasingly imminent challenge to Chrome. And it’s a very feasible challenge too, given the browser’s improvements. Speed is its main selling point — Mozilla says Quantum is roughly twice as fast as Firefox was a year ago. This is largely due to a new CSS engine written in Mozilla’s programming language, Rust, which operates across cores rather than as a single memory-hungry process on one core. It also priorities tabs, loading up in-use tabs before background ones, which Mozilla says makes Quantum 30 percent more RAM-efficient than Chrome. The team has also tracked down and eliminated 469 bugs that were contributing to slowness.

And it’s had a makeover. Menus and tabs have been redesigned, while a new “library” button pulls together bookmarks, downloads and history into one place. Overall, it’s got a more minimalist look, which will work well on high-DPI displays, but die-hard fans of the original style can still switch back to old familiar via preferences. It’s available in beta now for Linux, macOS, Windows, Android and iOS, but is expected out on general release on November 14th, so you won’t have to wait too long to see the impact Quantum makes on the long-established browser landscape.

2x faster

Powered by a new, cutting-edge engine, Firefox has doubled its speed from last year. Because the Internet waits for no one.

Lean, mean speed machine

Firefox Quantum’s new engine uses 30% less memory than Chrome, so other programs won’t slow down during browsing. Now that’s a win-win.

Powerful privacy

You’re in control of your online information. Use Firefox Private Browsing to block ads with trackers for extra peace of mind… and pages that load up to 44% faster.

Browse for good

Firefox is backed by the non-profit Mozilla, who keeps the Internet healthier through programs that support tech education for girls, create trust around factual news, bring civility to the comments section and more.

Extension indigestion

One caveat for Firefox Quantum is that it can’t use older add-ons, like the LastPass password manager, that you may have installed to customize what the browser can do. That’s because Mozilla has embraced Google’s approach to browser extensions, and add-on authors must retool their extensions. For widely used add-ons that don’t work in the new version, Firefox will recommend alternatives.

Firefox Quantum comes with a new interface called Photon. Here’s how it’s used to bookmark a site or save it for later reading with Mozilla’s Pocket service.

You can Download from Source FireFox or install from PPA with a Terminal :

 

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