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Mozilla Firefox 74 Is Now Available for Download

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Expected to be officially released tomorrow, March 10th, 2020, the Firefox 74 web browser can now be downloaded for 32-bit and 64-bit systems from Mozilla’s FTP servers. The source code is also available for download for OS integrators.

Firefox 74 isn’t a major release since Mozilla decided to push a new version every four weeks. However, it implements a new security feature to keep users safer while surfing the Internet.

This is called RLBox and allows Mozilla to quickly and efficiently convert existing Firefox components to run inside a WebAssembly sandbox. RLBox is first available with Firefox 74 to Linux and macOS users.

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Also: Mozilla Making Progress With Offering Firefox As A Flatpak On Linux

Mozilla Launches Firefox 74 for Windows, Linux, and Mac

  • Mozilla Launches Firefox 74 for Windows, Linux, and Mac

    Mozilla has just released Firefox 74 for all supported desktop platforms, with the new installers now published on the company’s servers and an official announcement expected any minute now.

    You can download Firefox 74 using the links at the end of the article.

    Since the release notes aren’t yet available, what we do know about Firefox 74 is that it’s the first release to disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1, as Mozilla forces the switch to newer releases. More specifically, this means that if you update to Firefox 74 and you try to load a website that still uses these two old versions, you should get an error reading “Secure connection failed” on page load.

74.0 Firefox Release is Now Official

  • 74.0 Firefox Release
  • Firefox 74.0

    The latest release of Firefox features some login management improvements, the ability to add custom sites to the Facebook Container, better privacy for web voice and video calls, and better add-on management. See the release notes for more information.

  • Firefox 74 Released with DNS over HTTPS, Other Privacy Improvements

    The freshly accelerated Firefox release schedule see a new version of Firefox released every four weeks. The increased release rate allows the famous FOSS browser to bring new features to users faster.

    The headline change in Firefox 74 is the use of DNS over HTTPS by default for users in the USA.

    A privacy-minded feature, DNS over HTTPS encrypts all DNS requests made in Firefox 74 (requests which are normally done ‘in the open’). This helps prevent people snooping on internet traffic from discerning detail about the requests being made.

    Firefox 74 defaults to Cloudflare as the DNS resolver but users are able switch to NextDNS through the Preferences > Network Settings dialog.

  • Firefox 74 Begins Rolling Out With DNS-Over-HTTPS, Disabling TLS 1.0/1.1

    Firefox 74.0 is the release offering DNS-over-HTTPS support with Cloudflare as the default DNS resolver, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 support is now disabled, sandbox security improvements, CSS text-underline-position support, implementing the JavaScript optional chaining operator, and many other developer improvements. The DNS over HTTPS is enabled by default for users in the United States with Firefox 74 while others can turn it on manually. While Cloudflare is the default DNS resolver, NextDNS can also be selected as another option. The roll-out began in late February and more details on Mozilla's DoH work via this blog post.

Mozilla makes Firefox Beta available on Flathub

  • Jiri Eischmann: Mozilla makes Firefox Beta available on Flathub

    I’m glad to see that Mozilla has made a significant process with offering Firefox as a flatpak. Having Firefox as a flatpak was one of our long-term goals.

    Three years ago we started a testing flatpak repo with Firefox Developer Edition and soon after that we added Firefox Nightly. For a long time it was the only source of Firefox for Flatpak out there. The user base grew into thousands, a level our hosting could barely deal with. Lately we haven’t had much time for its maintenance and at least the nightly builds were often broken.

    That’s why from the very beginning we worked with Mozilla to make official Firefox builds available as flatpaks. The effort was later on picked up by Endless.

    Now it brings first fruits, Mozilla is already shipping Firefox Beta in the beta channel on Flathub. You just need to enable it by installing this file: https://flathub.org/beta-repo/appstream/org.mozilla.firefox.flatpakref

    I think it may already be useful for Silverblue users who have relied on our testing repo if they didn’t want to use package overlay.

  • An Official Firefox Flatpak is on the Way

    With the Firefox 74 release out of the way Mozilla developers now turning their attention towards Firefox 75, scheduled for release in the early part of April.

    While Firefox 75 will (obviously) ship with new features, key changes and a dollop of developer-related improvements it will be notable for another reason:

    It’s looking like Firefox 75 will be the first version of the famed web browser to be released as a Flatpak app on the Flathub app store.

Security Enhancements

  • Hacks.Mozilla.Org: Security means more with Firefox 74

    Today sees the release of Firefox number 74. The most significant new features we’ve got for you this time are security enhancements: Feature Policy, the Cross-Origin-Resource-Policy header, and removal of TLS 1.0/1.1 support. We’ve also got some new CSS text property features, the JS optional chaining operator, and additional 2D canvas text metric features, along with the usual wealth of DevTools enhancements and bug fixes.

  • Support for extension sideloading has ended

    Today marks the release of Firefox 74 and as we announced last fall, developers will no longer be able to install extensions without the user taking an action. This installation method was typically done through application installers, and is commonly referred to as “sideloading.”

    If you are the developer of an extension that installs itself via sideloading, please make sure that your users can install the extension from your own website or from addons.mozilla.org (AMO).

Mozilla Firefox 74.0 Released! [How to Upgrade]

The Talospace Project: Firefox 74 on POWER

  • The Talospace Project: Firefox 74 on POWER

    So far another uneventful release on ppc64le; I'm typing this blog post in Fx74. Most of what's new in this release is under the hood, and there are no OpenPOWER specific changes (I need to sit down with some of my other VMX/VSX patches and prep them for upstream). The working debug and optimized .mozconfigs are unchanged from Firefox 67.

Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement

  • Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web

    The first thing users will see after updating to Mozilla's latest browser, Firefox 74, is a prompt to install the Facebook Container add-on.

    The Facebook Container add-on is not new, but has been enhanced in its latest version, 2.1.0, with the ability to add custom sites to the container so that you can "login with Facebook wherever you need to".

    The purpose of the Facebook Container is to let you continue to use Facebook but without having the social network site track your browsing elsewhere. "Installing this extension closes your Facebook tabs, deletes your Facebook cookies, and logs you out of Facebook," say the docs.

Firefox 74 rolls out: Facebook Container, DNS-over-HTTPS

  • [Older] Firefox 74 rolls out: Facebook Container, DNS-over-HTTPS, and more

    Mozilla updated the Firefox Browser for desktop users yesterday, so if you're using Windows, macOS, or Linux/Unix you might want to check out the new release. Labeled 74.0, the latest Firefox release comes with quite a few highly-anticipated features, such as DNS-over-HTTPS and Facebook Container.

    Provided by Cloudflare and enabled by default for Firefox users in the US, DNS-over-HTTPS sends the domain names typed by the user to compatible DNS servers using an encrypted HTTPS connection instead of plain text, so third parties are now unable to see what websites are being accessed. Those who have something against Cloudflare can also choose to use NextDNS.

    Firefox users outside the US should enable the aforementioned feature manually by going to the menu button, and then to Preferences > General > Network Settings > Settings.. and finally click the checkbox next to Enable DNS over HTTPS. When it comes to encrypting HTTPS connections, Firefox 74 only supports TLS 1.2 and above (previous versions also supported TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1).

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