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The Mozilla Foundation let Firefox 105 out of the gate, and if you’re using a Chrome-based browser, it’s a good time to take another look.

Firefox 105 appeared on Tuesday, and while this isn’t a stunning release, there’s some new stuff worth having. It’s not quite five months since the release of Firefox 100which is long enough for Mozilla’s rapid development cycle to make some major changes to the browser.

Some of the new features are relatively small but will improve the lives of some users. If you need to print a page, there’s a new option to only print the current page – handy for tickets and other documents with lots of irrelevant fine print at the end. Here at Registration number FOSS Desk, we’re more traditionalists and prefer a plain old three-button mouse, but we’re hearing that trackpad handling has been improved on Windows and macOS, and there are some new multi-finger gestures in this version. Apparently this doesn’t work on Linux yet, but we can’t say we’ve noticed.

Firefox 105 is sleeker and meaner, while remaining both more efficient and much more customizable than any Chrome-based browser.

Firefox 105 is sleeker and meaner, while remaining both more efficient and much more customizable than any Chrome-based browser.

Memory management has been tightened and the browser now handles low memory situations better on both Windows and Linux. It should remain faster and more responsive when memory is running low and avoid crashes when memory is running low since the main process is better protected.

Both memory usage and user interface are areas where Firefox retains an edge over Google’s Chrome, especially if you routinely use a lot of tabs. Chrome spawns a new process for each open tab, which is good if you have a lot of RAM and Browsing the Internet is one of your main uses for your computer. Since almost all of Google’s services are web-based and web-centric, it makes perfect sense for the company.

Firefox also uses multiple processes, via technology that calls Mozilla electrolysis, but his approach is more cautious. There is one main process and also several background processes, but generally not one per tab. To to Mozilla, just its multi-process model Used 10-20 percent more RAM than its old single process model and so on half those of Chrome. If you haven’t used a tab for a while, Firefox automatically unloads it from memory.

If you’re a heavy user and routinely have many dozens of tabs open, we highly recommend giving the Fox another try – especially next to a vertical tab bar, such as Vertical Tabs.

We’ve given the new version a quick spin on Ubuntu, macOS, and Windows 11. If you installed your own copy, like we did on Windows and Mac, it should update automatically – choose Help|About to prod it into review. If it came with your operating system, which most Linux users will, you might have to wait a while. Ubuntu users can jump gun by downloading the new version of Snapcraftor open the software app, go to the Updates tab and click the Update control in the top right.

The release of the new version also means that Firefox 102 will become the new Extended Support Release ESR short. It replaces Firefox 91, which has been the ESR version since late last year when it was which causes some problems for the Debian maintainers. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/09/21/firefox_105/ Faster and more memory efficient • The Register

Laura Coffey

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