Linux News Today: Mozilla Firefox 45.0 Lands in All Supported Ubuntu OSes Without GTK3 Integration
As reported yesterday, Mozilla pushed the Firefox 45.0 web browser to the stable channel for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
Firefox 45.0 is not a worthy update, but we still recommend users to upgrade as soon as possible if they want to receive the latest security patches, which keep their data and privacy safe from prying eyes or online scammers.
In the last 24 hours, since our previous blog post with the direct download links for Firefox 45.0, we have noticed that several popular Linux kernel-based operating systems have updated their Firefox packages to the new version.
Ubuntu is, of course, among them, and users of the Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) should know that they need to update their systems to Mozilla Firefox 45.0 as soon as possible.
GTK3 integration disabled
Besides being an unworthy upgrade, the Mozilla Firefox 45.0 web browser also disappoints Linux users (again) by disabling the GTK3 integrations we’ve been waiting for so long.
At the moment of writing this article, we have no information from Mozilla on when the GTK3 integration will be enabled by default, which has been promised to Linux users since Firefox 42.0.
This being said, we, Linux users, can do nothing but wait until the Mozilla developers think that the GTK3 integration is ready for primetime. Let’s hope that the next major update, Mozilla Firefox 46.0, due for release on April 19, 2016, will bring GTK3 support.
Until then, you can now upgrade to Mozilla Firefox 45.0 by firing up your favorite package manager and applying all available updates. Other major GNU/Linux distributions will update to Firefox 45.0 in the coming days, so keep an eye on the repos.