Firefox 122, now available, is now offered as a DEB package for Debian/Ubuntu users

Firefox 122 as DEB package

It is said, it is commented, that it was Mozilla who proposed to Canonical that it include the snap package by default in Ubuntu. Let me doubt it. Later it was the company that develops the browser that launched an official repository, and now, coinciding with the launch of Firefox 122, can be installed as a DEB package on Debian/Ubuntu-based distributions. It is something that they already tested last year, but now they have included it in the notes of this release, so its availability is official.

At the time of writing this article I have not had time to test the operation of this DEB package, but it is likely that from now on, as is the case with other browsers such as Chrome or Vivaldi, the DEB package can be downloaded and installed and this will be the one that adds the official repository for future updates. The bad thing for users of an official Ubuntu is that more changes have to be made to make this possible, since the snap version does not intend to leave for nothing.

What's new in Firefox 122

  • Firefox now displays images and descriptions for search suggestions when provided by the search engine.
  • The function of translation has received an improvement in the quality of translated web pages. The results should be much more stable. This fixes issues where page content could disappear when translated, or interactive widgets could break.
  • Firefox now allows you to create and use passkeys stored in iCloud Keychain on macOS.
  • MDN Web Doc article suggestions from Firefox Suggest will be available in the address bar for users searching for information related to web development.
  • Line break rules for web content now match the Unicode standard. This improves browser support for line breaking. An additional improvement for end users in East Asia and Southeast Asia, Firefox now supports language-based word selection when double-clicking text for languages ​​such as Chinese, Japanese, Burmese, Lao, Khmer, and Thai.
  • Firefox now comes with a new .deb package for Linux users on Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint.
  • Enabled offset-position property which is useful for most offset-path values. Added support for ray(), basic-shape, coord-box to the CSS offset-path property. Added support for the basic rect() and xywh() shapes in the CSS clip-path and offset-path properties.
  • Firefox now allows animating the SVG viewBox attribute using SMIL by animations. The animations by They are animations relative to the original value. Other attributes such as lengths and angles already support by, but a viewBox It consists of four different values
  • Added the LargestContentfulPaint API, which provides temporary information about the largest image or text painted before users interact with a web page.
  • Now supported hr en select, allowing websites to easily use separators within an element select.
  • The method showPicker is now compatible with elements , this can be used to activate the dropdown behavior via JavaScript.
  • Fallback URL parser for unknown schemes has been changed to DefaultURI, which improves specification compliance and web compatibility.
  • Methods have been enabled ArrayBuffer.prototype.transfer proposal, which allow the transfer of ownership of the data ArrayBuffer.
  • Added support for the Screen Lock API.
  • Firefox now recognizes webauth autocomplete token and will suggest passkeys in auto-complete forms.
  • Scripts can now store data from the cacheAPI in private browsing mode. Previously, the user experience of someone browsing in private browsing mode could be significantly different than in normal mode. With these changes, websites can store data cacheAPI in private mode, achieving a uniform experience between normal and private browsing mode.
  • To further protect user privacy, Firefox now uses filters that use currentColor as input. Since the color can be set by the :visited pseudo selector, it potentially contains privacy-sensitive information and therefore these primitives should be marked as stained. This means that if such a filter is used, the filter output cannot be read from the canvas.
  • Uneven Level Protection Forward Error Correction (ULPFEC) will now be enabled by default in Firefox. This provides another tool for WebRTC services, improving video quality for users with spotty Internet connections.
  • Fixed keyboard navigation in inspector rules view. Starting in Firefox 122, when editing a selector, property name, or property value in the Inspector, the Enter key will no longer move focus to the next entry, but will instead validate what you entered and focus on the matching element. You can still use Ctrl + Enter (Cmd + Enter on macOS) or Tab to validate and move focus to the next entry.

Now available

Firefox 122 It is now available from the official website. When we know more about how the DEB package works, we will publish a detailed article here or on our sister blog LinuxAdictos. For now, it can be downloaded from the following button.

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  1.   octavio said

    Where could I download that .deb package, I was looking on the download site and I don't see it anywhere, greetings

  2.   Javier said

    What I like least about snap packages is that they update themselves to the latest version and the user cannot choose to update when they are interested. If you are interested…
    In short, I had to go to Debian. If Snap ever crashes, I'll consider going back to Win/Buntu.