Firefox 72.0.2 Lands in Ubuntu’s Repos, Minor Regressions Fixed

Firefox 72.0.2 on Ubuntu 19.10

The latest Firefox 72.0.2 web browser has just landed today in the stable software repositories of all supported Ubuntu Linux releases.

Released by Mozilla on January 20, 2020, Firefox 72.0.2 is a bugfix release that fixes inconsistent playback performance for full screen 1080p videos on certain systems, addresses some issues that occurred when opening files that contain spaces in their path, and fixes a web compatibility issue with CSS Shadow Parts.

Various stability fixes are included as well in Firefox 72.0.2, which is now available for installation from the main archives of Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series.

According to Canonical, the Firefox 72.0.1 release they pushed on January 9th, 2020, introduced some minor regressions that are now fixed in the Firefox 72.0.2 packages. Canonical apologized for the inconvenience and urged users to update their installations as soon as possible.

The new Firefox version can be installed on your Ubuntu machines either by opening the Software Updater utility and install all available updates or by opening the Terminal app and running the command below, which will only update the Firefox packages.

After installing the new Firefox version, make sure you restart any running instances for all the necessary changes to take effect.

sudo apt update && sudo apt install firefox

Firefox 72 is the latest and greatest release of the popular open-source web browser, which is used by default in Ubuntu and numerous other GNU/Linux distributions. This release introduces Picture-in-Picture (PiP) controls that allow users to watch videos from websites in a floating, resizable window while working on other tabs.

It also adds support for blocking fingerprinting scripts by default, support for simulating meta viewport in Responsive Design Mode, replaces the annoying notification request pop-ups with a speech bubble, and removes support for blocking images from individual domains.

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