It took them a couple of days, but the maintainers of the most popular GNU/Linux distributions have pushed the final release of the Mozilla Firefox 48.0 web browser to the stable channels, for users to upgrade from Mozilla Firefox 47.0.1.
Mozilla Firefox 48.0 was officially released on the second day of August 2016, bringing various new features and improvements, such as the long-anticipated multiprocess functionality that similar products like Google Chrome and Internet Explorer had offered for so many years now.
Other enhancements include various extra protection against harmful downloads on Microsoft Windows OSes, better Canvas performance via speedy Skia support for GNU/Linux distributions, multiple WebRTC improvements, as well as Rust language support for the media parser.
Starting with Mozilla Firefox 48.0, add-ons that haven’t yet been signed or verified will no longer load when the web browser starts. It’s also possible to search for something that’s already in your open tabs or bookmarks. Lastly, Mozilla Firefox 48.0 fixes various annoying bugs reported by users and adds some more goodies for web developers.
Firefox 48.0 now available in Ubuntu, CRUX, Arch Linux, Solus and SparkyLinux
The good news for users of popular GNU/Linux operating systems is that the final build of the Mozilla Firefox 48.0 web browser has already landed in the main, stable software repositories of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Arch Linux, SparkyLinux, CRUX, and Solus OSes.
Therefore, we’re urging all users of these OSes to update their Firefox installations to version 48.0 as soon as possible if they want to enjoy the new features listed above. Alternatively, you can download the Mozilla Firefox 48.0 64-bit and 32-bit binaries, as well as the source archive right now via our website and install them manually on any other GNU/Linux operating system.