Mozilla Firefox 112 Web Browser Is Now Available for Download, This Is What’s New

This release lets Ubuntu users import browser data from the Chroium web browser installed as a Snap package.
Mozilla Firefox 112

The Mozilla Firefox 112 open-source, free, and cross-platform web browser is now available for download ahead of its official unveiling on April 11th, 2023.

As I reported during the beta phase, Firefox 112 is a pretty modest release and the biggest change appears to be the ability for Ubuntu Linux users to import their browser data from the Chromium web browser installed as a Snap package.

Chromium will now be listed as a supported web browser when trying to import browser data using the Import and Backup feature that you access under Bookmarks > Manage bookmarks (Ctrl+Shift+O).

However, Mozilla says that this feature currently works only when Firefox is NOT installed as a Snap package too, but they promise to fix this issue as soon as possible because Ubuntu comes with Firefox installed as a Snap package, so this feature won’t be of any use to Ubuntu users.

Also new in Firefox 112 is the ability to reveal passwords on password fields by right-clicking on the field, the ability to close tabs in the tab list panel in the tab bar by middle-clicking items in that list, as well as the ability to restore the previous session by using Ctrl+Shift+T if there are no more closed tabs to re-open.

This release also updates the “Clear” button on the date picker panel to allow users to quickly clear the input with type “date“ or “datetime-local” and provides a familiar experience across browsers, and disables the deprecated U2F Javascript API by default.

Last but not least, Firefox 112 extends the list of known tracking parameters that are removed from URLs for all ETP Strict users to further protect them from cross-site tracking while surfing the Internet. A total of 22 security issues have also been fixed in this release.

As mentioned before, Mozilla Firefox 112 is now available for download as a binary package from Mozilla’s FTP server. Ubuntu users will have to wait for the new Firefox release to arrive as a Snap package in their repositories, and users relying on the OTA updates will be able to update to the new version on Tuesday, April 11th, 2023.

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