Mozilla Firefox 52 Released [How-to-upgrade]

Mozilla Firefox 52 was released one day ago. It has been made into main (updates & security) Ubuntu repositories for Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 16.10.

The changelog in Firefox 52 includes:

  • Added support for WebAssembly.
  • Added automatic captive portal detection, for easier access to Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Implemented the Strict Secure Cookies specification.
  • Added user warnings for non-secure HTTP pages with logins.
  • Enhanced Sync to allow users to send and open tabs from one device to another.
  • Removed support for Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) plugins other than Flash. Silverlight, Java, Acrobat and the like are no longer supported.
  • Improved experience for downloads
  • Removed Battery Status API to reduce fingerprinting of users by trackers
  • Various security fixes and other changes.

How to upgrade to Firefox 52 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

For the three Ubuntu LTS, Ubuntu 16.10, and their derivatives, users can easily upgrade to Firefox 52 using Software Updater (or Update Manager):

upgrade firefox via update manager

Don’t see the Firefox updates? Try launching Software & Updates utility and do:

  • Select Download from Main server in first tab.
  • Under “Updates” tab, check the first two boxes (security and recommended updates)

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