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Firefox Update - Firefox Quantum Web Browser - Significant Performance Boost To Web Browsing

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I felt like this should be posted since this is such a huge update to Firefox's browser. Posting this in Hot Deals because something this good should probably cost money. Thanks Mozilla for not charging us for thousands of hours of coding.

They completely re-wrote the code to Firefox to make it memory efficient. You can enable hardware acceleration within the settings option to run multiple instances of firefox (like Chrome does) which causes it to perform so much better.

Since many of us view Slickdeals from a desktop web browser I highly suggest you manually update your Firefox browser. It is so much better. Firefox was driving me crazy from all of the slowdowns and crashes. So far this is comparable to the Chrome browser.

Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up. My firefox browser didn't automatically update. I had to push the update through to get it.
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Created 11-15-2017 at 01:53 AM by Genius4sho
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If I had known that this was a complete rewrite and that almost NONE of my current addons would work, I would have skipped this update.
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If I had known that this was a complete rewrite and that almost NONE of my current addons would work, I would have skipped this update.
You can still go back to 56.0. 2 by downgrading. I downgraded minutes after upgrading, as 3/4 of my addons were missing with no plans by extension developers to rewrite the code for the new platform.
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You can still go back to 56.0. 2 by downgrading. I downgraded minutes after upgrading, as 3/4 of my addons were missing with no plans by extension developers to rewrite the code for the new platform.
Which addons? Ublock origins works for popups. There is a "restore previous session" button within the menu button (session manager might not be needed). Those were the best two addons for Firefox.
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And water fox no longer ties to Firefox and has its own profile which is great for 64bit
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Which addons? Ublock origins works for popups.Those were the best two addons for Firefox.
There are 10s of thousands of extensions on the Firefox platform. Many of them will never get ported to Webextensions.
That's the whole point of Firefox and Chrome-its abilities to use extension add ons.

If you're just using pop-up blockers, you can use ANY browser as just about every browser in existence has some pop-up blocker built in

Those with extensions besides the basic Pop-up blocker can go into their 56.0.2 Add-ons page and see which ones are labeled LEGACY and click on more or the options page to see if the developer ever has plans to develop new Webextensions. Many are not. Usually created by someone as a hobby, learning programming or don't have time to develop it further. You'll have to find a replacement and set them all up over again or decide if you can live without it.

If you can't live without them, continue to install the ESR (Extended Service Release) versions until June 2018 then decide next steps.
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AFAIK classic theme restorer is not getting an update and that's a huge problem for me. I doubt I will ever "upgrade". I think this is the thing that finally kills firefox and they did it to themselves.
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There are 10s of thousands of extensions on the Firefox platform. Many of them will never get ported to Webextensions.
That's the whole point of Firefox and Chrome-its abilities to use extension add ons.

If you're just using pop-up blockers, you can use ANY browser as just about every browser in existence has some pop-up blocker built in

Those with extensions besides the basic Pop-up blocker can go into their 56.0.2 Add-ons page and see which ones are labeled LEGACY and click on more or the options page to see if the developer ever has plans to develop new Webextensions. Many are not. Usually created by someone as a hobby, learning programming or don't have time to develop it further. You'll have to find a replacement and set them all up over again or decide if you can live without it.

If you can't live without them, continue to install the ESR (Extended Service Release) versions until June 2018 then decide next steps.
If it was an extension that was popular a new developer will fill that role and develop it. That's how a free market economy usually works. There weren't that many highly popular extensions on Firefox. A lot only had a couple thousand downloads if that. This browser is so much better right now. New extensions will be made. All I need are a few and they just happen to be updated (because they are popular and wanted by a lot of users).
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If it was an extension that was popular a new developer will fill that role and develop it. That's how a free market economy usually works. There weren't that many highly popular extensions on Firefox. A lot only had a couple thousand downloads if that. This browser is so much better right now. New extensions will be made. All I need are a few and they just happen to be updated (because they are popular and wanted by a lot of users).
An extension doesn't have to be popular to be useful to a user. I'm not looking to go by some popularity list. There are tons of useful (to me) extensions they will not be updated.

Are there replacements? Maybe, but why have to wade through another handful of extensions to find one that "does the job" and have to spend time to set it up as well? I'm sure there are other holdouts judging by the TD this thread got. Not everything is about speed or popularity for some.
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You can still go back to 56.0. 2 by downgrading. I downgraded minutes after upgrading, as 3/4 of my addons were missing with no plans by extension developers to rewrite the code for the new platform.
How do I downgrade
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How do I downgrade
Find the version you want and download for your OS. Every Firefox ever made or being developed is in this link:

https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/
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I've got it updated automatically. How can I go back to the previous version?
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I've got it updated automatically. How can I go back to the previous version?
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I've been using this version for quite a while now, because I'm on on the beta channel. (I'm currently running 58.0b4 (64-bit))

At first, I was like WTF... Then you just get used to it!

If you really want to go back to a previous version, look a few posts up, as it was already mentioned including a link to get the version you want.
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I've got it updated automatically. How can I go back to the previous version?
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Seriously or just trolling?! I posted the link earlier in the day directly above your post!
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Seriously or just trolling?! I posted the link earlier in the day directly above your post!
Seriously, it flashes my screen when a webpage or a tab is loaded. Never noticed this in previous version.
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