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Anupam 14. Nov 2017 03:18 PM

Firefox Quantum aka Firefox 57 is here
It's finally here. The big release of Firefox 57, being called as Firefox Quantum is here, and available officially from Mozilla.

The offline setup can be downloaded from here:

However, like in previous releases, when I went to the above page, it did not show me that my Firefox was out of date. It also doesn't show the Firefox version, when I hover the URL over the download link.

Here are the release notes:

danielson 14. Nov 2017 04:24 PM

Would like to do as per this post on GHacks, but need a tutorial:

Hello Nightly friends, want FF57+ look again like Firefox Classic?


1) Select dark theme
2) go to customize
3) add menu bar, bookmark bar, you MUST select small/compact layout (most important step!)
4) try my userChrome.css


Some of the features: Bottom Tabs, slim tabbar, clean integrated search (limited width)

You will never want to turn back again from the new Firefox.

Anupam 14. Nov 2017 09:32 PM

Firefox 57 has a new design, different from previous version. Had got used to the previous one, so took a bit of time to get used to the new one.

Don't think I like the new toolbar. They haven't organized it nicely. There's just too much of empty space, which looks quite odd.

I had to search for the Refresh button, which is now on the left side at an odd position... and so is the Home button.

I was used to the bookmarks button on the toolbar, by which I could access the bookmarks quite easily, but I had to get that button back by customizing the toolbar. They have put a sidebar button for toolbar, but I simply don't like that. I also didnt like the Library button.

Speed is better than before, but I don't think it's twice as fast.

Firefox 57 now has tracking protection, which can be turned off for individual sites. I think it has adblock too.. because I haven't been seeing ads on sites, even without ublock origin. So, I will hold off on installing that extension.

I will miss FEBE, because it was so much easy to backup and restore several things with it, like passwords, extensions, bookmarks etc.

I restored bookmarks by importing from HTML, which I had saved by exporting to HTML from previous version of Firefox.

Xmarks have released a web-extension, but it isn't working well.... bookmarks aren't syncing, and it causing lot of redundancy, and it messed up my bookmarks...and I might have even lost latest bookmarks, but I am glad I didnt lose much. I had made backups of bookmarks, so that's good... but I will have to compare past bookmarks to see what I lost, or what's redundant, and that's going to be a tough job considering the amount of bookmarks I have.

I hope Xmarks starts working again.

I will have to save passwords for sites all over again, because FEBE won't work with this version... and there is no method to export the passwords. You can import passwords from IE or Edge, but no other option. So, that will be trouble again.

I hope useful web-extensions do get developed by someone, as alternatives to old ones.

Well, I am happy that Firefox is still quite usable like before, and I will continue to use it. I am sticking with it. I hope people do get alternatives to web-extensions they miss, so that they too can continue to use Firefox like before.

Will be interesting to see how it develops later on.

Jojo Yee 15. Nov 2017 03:31 AM

The big bulk of Mozilla's revenue comes from search engine royalties. Now it has terminated its deal with Yahoo and made Google the default search engine in the new version of Firefox.

Personally, I've been using Google's instead of Yahoo's search engine in the browser.

Anupam 15. Nov 2017 08:16 AM

Well, the first thing I do after installing Firefox is managing the options, and in the search options, I remove search engines I wouldn't use, like Yahoo, Wikipedia, Amazon, etc. I too have been using Google.

OK, I will admit, Firefox 57 does feel a bit faster than the previous versions.

danielson 15. Nov 2017 03:38 PM

It is slightly faster but a whole lot less tweakable (with or without extensions).

Keep an eye on Waterfox.
If the latter (one-man-band) can manage to come up with something decent, then you may wonder how come big teams behind limelight browsers can't do better.
Look how long it took Edge to get a few extensions!

danielson 16. Nov 2017 04:17 AM

Is Quantum just hype?

At about the 10 min. Average Linux User does a battery of tests that seem to show Firefox not as fast as Chrome after all:

Anupam 16. Nov 2017 08:20 AM

Speed doesn't matter to me much. Few microseconds of increased speed is a non-issue for me.

I should like the feel and look of the browser, and I should be comfortable using it. I never liked Chrome, and the sad thing is that now maximum of the browsers are based on Chromium, which makes them like sheep, whatever they might try to do different with it, they will still remain browsers based on Chromium. There is no originality left.

I like Firefox. Even though they did a few things to compete with Chrome, they have maintained their individuality, and basic Firefox remains the same. I like the feel of it, I like browsing with it. As long as it remains usable, I am going to stick with it.

I found out today, that I can remove the extra white space from the browser, by customizing the toolbar, so I did that, and moved the buttons around, and it's now back to my liking. I don't know why they moved the Refresh and Stop button from the previous area. It was better there. Anyways, it's just one button, and I have now placed it on the right instead of the left.

MaikL 16. Nov 2017 01:44 PM

Quite agree. Firefox works fast enough for me, I can't notice any nanosecond speed 'improvement' Google Chrome is claimed to give. I find Google is a useful search engine but I don't want to put all my eggs in Google's basket and I also like the fact Firefox is different.

danielson 16. Nov 2017 06:37 PM

Inadvertently discovered how to make toolbar more compact.
Customize/Density (at bottom of page).

Slowly getting to appreciate Quantum.

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