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Saturday December 20th 2014

Good Reasons to Get Firefox 13, and Good Ways to Install It on Linux





This week, many users are busy installing Firefox 13–the latest major upgrade to Mozilla’s browser. As is always true in a major release of Firefox, there are some specific reasons to upgrade. Here is a look at some of the improvements Mozilla has delivered, and some information on how to easily and flexibly install the new browser.

Among  major changes in version 13, when opening a new tab, users are now presented with their most visited pages in one collection.  If you’ve seen the similar page in Google Chrome, you know how this works.

Mozilla points to SPDY–a new web standard designed to replace the HTTP protocol–as a good reason to get Firefox 13:

"Though SPDY has been included in Mozilla’s browser since Firefox 11, Firefox 13 marks the first time it’s been enabled by default. Designed as a successor to HTTP, SPDY reduces the amount of time it takes for websites to load, so ‘you will notice faster page load times on sites that support SPDY networking, like Google and Twitter…” 

PC World has also reported on some of the work Mozilla has been doing on fixing Firefox’s memory usage, which is much improved in version 13. A Mozilla blog post makes clear that Mozilla has especiall worked on "leaky" add-ons that create memory usage problems. This alone is a good reason to be running version 13.

Meanwhile, Libre Software has an excellent guide up on how to install version 13 of Firefox on most major Linux distributions.  The guide walks through flexibly installing it through the command line, and even walks through uninstall procedures.

 

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