Now that everyone’s happy enjoying the latest Firefox 45.0 web browser, which once again failed to deliver the GTK3 integration on the Linux platform, bleeding-edge users can jump again into the Beta bandwagon, this time for Firefox 46.0.
Yes, you’re reading it right, Mozilla just pushed the first Beta build of the upcoming Firefox 46.0 web browser, due for release on April 19, 2016, for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
The release notes for the Firefox 46.0 Beta have also been made public, and guess what? The GTK3 integration for GNU/Linux only is there again, mentioned as an upcoming new feature for the final Firefox 46.0 release.
Somehow this gets us excited again, but at the same time, we can’t help but remember the fact that the GTK3 integration has been promised to us Linux users since Firefox 42.0, which was released back in November 2015, without GTK3 integration, of course.
We want GTK3 support in Firefox for GNU/Linux!
The GTK3 support for Mozilla Firefox in GNU/Linux systems is a must these days, and considering the fact that Firefox is the default web browsers of numerous Linux kernel-based operating systems, including the popular Ubuntu, we need it ASAP.
For those not in the known, the GTK3 integration will bring richer theme support, something that we have previously demonstrated, HiDPI widget drawing, fewer X11 dependencies, better support for input devices, and much more.
We’ve checked the status of the GTK3 integration for GNU/Linux builds of Mozilla Firefox, and on March 2, 2016, the Firefox Release Manager and Debian/Ubuntu developer Sylvestre Ledru noted the fact that it should land in Firefox 46.0, so fingers crossed!
If you can’t wait no longer until April 19, you can switch to the Beta channel today by downloading the Mozilla Firefox 46.0 Beta 1 binaries for your GNU/Linux operating system via our website.