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

Firefox 105 showed up on Tuesday, and while this isn’t a spectacular release, there are some new things worth having. it’s not quite Five months since Firefox 100 came outwhich is long enough that Mozilla’s rapid development cycle has made some substantial changes to the browser.

Some of the new features are relatively small, but will improve the lives of some users. If you have to print a page, there is a new option to print only the current page, useful for tickets and other documents with a lot of irrelevant small print at the end. Here in the Registration FOSS Desk, we’re pretty traditional and prefer a simple three-button mouse, but we’ve heard that touchpad handling has been improved on Windows and macOS and that there are some new multi-finger gestures in this version. Apparently this still doesn’t work on Linux, but we can’t say we’ve noticed.

Firefox 105 is more streamlined and powerful, and it’s still more efficient and much more customizable than any Chrome-based browser.

Memory handling has been tightened and the browser now handles low memory situations better on both Windows and Linux. It should still be faster and more responsive when you’re low on RAM, and avoid crashes if you run out of space, as there’s improved protection for the main process.

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 every tab you open, which is good if you have a lot of RAM Y browsing the web is one of the main uses of your computer. Since almost all of Google’s services are web-based and web-centric, it makes a lot of sense for the company.

Firefox also uses multiple processes, through a technology that Mozilla calls Electrolysis, but his approach is more cautious. There is one master process and several background ones as well, but usually not one per tab. According to to Mozilla, its multithreaded model only applications 10-20 percent more RAM than its old single-process model, and around half Chrome’s. Also, if you haven’t used a tab in a while, Firefox automatically download it from memory.

If you’re a heavy user and regularly have many dozens of tabs open, we recommend trying Fox again, especially in conjunction with a vertical tab bar, such as vertical tabs.

We gave the new version a quick spin on Ubuntu, macOS, and Windows 11. If you installed your own copy, as we did on Windows and Mac, it should update automatically: choose Help|About to push him to check. If it was included with your operating system, which will be the case for most Linux users, you may have to wait a bit. Ubuntu users can get ahead of the game by grabbing the new version of Snapcraftor open the Software app, go to the Updates tab and click the Update control at the top right.

The release of the new version also means that Firefox 102 becomes the new version of extended support, or ESR To abreviate. It replaces Firefox 91, which has been the ESR version since late last year, when it was causing some problems for Debian maintainers. ®

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