Waterfox 56 Release

Waterfox 56 Release

56.0.4 has been released on the 1st of February 2018.

56.0.3 has been released on the 12th of January 2018.

56.0.2 has been released on the 7th of January 2018.

56.0.1 has been released on the 13th of December 2017.

56 initial release on the 30th of November 2017.

IMPORTANT! Waterfox now uses its own profile location!

Waterfox now uses its own profile directory. If you have updated from an automatic update, you will get a prompt to import your data to this new location after restarting the browser post update.

As much of your data will try to be kept as possible.

  • Location on macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Waterfox
  • Location on Linux: ~/.waterfox/
  • Location on Windows: %APPDATA%\Waterfox

If you use a different than default location for Firefox, you should be able to just update the profile.ini in the new Waterfox profile location to carry on using that location.

What's due in Q1 2018?

  • Patch Bug 895096 - border-collapsed table borders have inconsistent widths when device pixel scale is not 1 (zoom).
  • Patch Bug 1366813 - Add customizable flexible space item in customize mode, but for non-Photon design.
  • An independent browser add-on store.
  • For Waterfox and its variants, but investigate allowing extensions that are cross-browser too.
  • Add ability to donate to add-on author.
  • Add ability for premium add-ons where authors can even earn money.
  • Release Checklist for 56.1
    • General
      • XML Buffer Overflow Crash: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=485941
      • Checksum for file downloads
      • dom.forms.datetime
      • --enable-webrender & --enable-stylo
      • Font settings issue
      • User agent toggle
      • Fix new options menu
      • Bug 1167872
      • Fix cookie prompt
    • Waterfox Desktop
      • Re-do profile import
      • Fix Bug 606655
      • libc++ for OS X (Message Julie Dyer to test)
      • OS X re-enables e10s on older versions!
      • Fix registry issues and proper path as well!
    • Waterfox Portable
      • Disable default browser interface

What's new in Waterfox 56.0.4?

  • Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory Patches:
    • 2018-02
    • 2018-05
  • Update default search for some platforms. Feel free to use it or Ecosia, whichever you prefer to support Waterfox!

What's new in Waterfox 56.0.3?

  • Fixed incorrect update file being delivered to < Waterfox 56 users.
  • Fixes for default browser detection.
  • Enable e10s, disable e10s-multi for add-ons marked as incompatible. If you have issues with any add-ons, disable e10s completely.
  • Removed "e10s - (PID)" label from tabs.

What's new in Waterfox 56.0.2?

  • e10s will now be disabled when using add-ons that aren't marked explicitly as compatible with e10s.
  • If you'd like to force enable e10s, you can by setting browser.tabs.remote.force-enable to true in about:config. Warning: This may cause the add-on or the browser to behave unexpectedly.
  • Updated libcubeb library to prevent audio issues on new Windows 10 builds, Bug 1426719
  • Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory Patches:
    • 2018-01
    • 2017-29
  • Fix default browser check (Thanks to jdunn0).
  • Fix plugin issues due to checking .mozilla instead of .waterfox (Thanks to PhantomX).
  • Fix of various white space issues thanks to jbeich.

What's new in Waterfox 56.0.1?

  • Disabled e10s on older OS X builds to prevent tab crashing.
  • Updated Windows installer to show the MPL 2.0 and fixed executable description and icon.
  • Security patches from newer 57 releases
  • Bug 1402372
  • Bug 1410106
  • Added back <applet> support for Java plugin users.
  • Added Privacy Policy and Legal to website to be more professional :-)

What's new in Waterfox 56.0?

Waterfox will now remain at 56 for the time being, following the security releases of 59 ESR until it becomes End of Line (Q1 2019). In the meanwhile, a "new" browser will be developed to follow the ethos of Waterfox of customisation and choice, while staying up to do date with the rapidly evolving browser landscape.

  • Based on Firefox 56.0.2 release
  • Security patches from 57 release
  • Fixed GUI rendering issues on macOS High Sierra
  • Fixed search suggestions not appearing
  • Enabled e10s by default, some add-ons that aren't marked as compatible may cause unexpected behaviour.
  • Cookie Prompt has been re-implemented thanks to Savarese.Org

Firefox used to allow you to be notified every time a Web site attempted to set a cookie. You could decide to accept or reject the cookie as well as specify the cookie lifetime and whether to use your choice for all cookies from the Web site, thereby updating your cookie preferences.

  • Fix *BSD compilation; white space issues (Pull request #284 and #289

Help! Some of my add-ons don't work.

Don't worry. Compatibility with older add-ons is being brought back in the next few releases. A few listed add-ons that won't currently work:

  • LiveClick
  • Color That Site
  • Add Bookmark Here ²
  • Pure URL
  • Mozilla Archive Format

What's coming in the next few weeks?

  • The staging website is available to test at staging.waterfoxproject.org, but still contains various Mozilla-isms.
  • A better Android release as it's currently in poor form.

What features does Waterfox currently have?

  • Compiled with Clang+LLVM on Linux
  • Disabled Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) by default
  • Disabled Web Runtime (deprecated as of 2015)
  • Removed Pocket
  • Removed Telemetry
  • Removed data collection
  • Removed startup profiling
  • Allow running of all 64-Bit NPAPI plugins
  • Allow running of unsigned extensions and full add-ons
  • Removal of Sponsored Tiles on New Tab Page
  • Addition of Duplicate Tab option (toggle with browser.tabs.duplicateTab, thanks to PandaCodex)
  • Locale selector in about:preferences > General (further improved by PandaCodex)
  • Cookie Prompt see image

Partnership with Ecosia

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Waterfox has now partnered with Ecosia as a way to raise funds. When using Ecosia, revenue generated from ads helps plant trees and contributes to Waterfox upkeep costs! If you'd like to help support Waterfox while also doing some good in the world, please help us out by using it!


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