Launching​ ​the​ ​new​ ​version​ ​of Waterfox​ ​56.0

Waterfox​ ​56.0

Waterfox​ ​is​ ​a​ ​search​ ​engine​ ​that​ ​is​ ​to​ ​many​ ​the​ ​ideal​ ​substitute​ ​for​ ​Firefox.​ ​In fact​ ​it’s​ ​based​ ​on​ ​it.​ ​Alex​ ​Kontos,​ ​the​ ​developer,​ ​has​ ​launched​ ​a​ ​test compilation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​new​ ​​Waterfox​ ​56​ ​​to​ ​the​ ​public.​ ​It’s​ ​about​ ​an​ ​important​ ​new version​ ​sense​ ​it​ ​will​ ​pave​ ​the​ ​path​ ​for​ ​future​ ​versions​ ​of​ ​the​ ​search​ ​engine. The​ ​launch​ ​marks​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​a​ ​period​ ​of​ ​transition​ ​that​ ​moves​ ​Waterfox to​ ​the​ ​ESR​ ​branch​ ​of​ ​Firefox.

Waterfox​ ​56

Firefox​ ​ESR​,​ ​Extended​ ​Support​ ​Release,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​special​ ​version​ ​of​ ​Firefox designed​ ​for​ ​organisations​ ​or​ ​users​ ​who​ ​cant​ ​or​ ​dont​ ​want​ ​to​ ​update​ ​to​ ​the new​ ​version​ ​every​ ​six​ ​weeks​ ​approximately.

Moving​ ​the​ ​development​ ​from​ ​Waterfox​ ​to​ ​Firefox​ ​ESR​ ​​wins​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​time​​ ​to develop​ ​a​ ​new​ ​version​ ​that​ ​combines​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​strengths​ ​of​ ​the​ ​classic Firefox​ ​with​ ​the​ ​functionality​ ​of​ ​the​ ​one.​ ​In​ ​summary,​ ​the​ ​future​ ​version​ ​of waterfox​ ​will​ ​be​ ​compatible​ ​with​ ​XUL​ ​y​ ​XPCOM,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​the​ ​inherited accessories,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​with​ ​new​ ​technologies​ ​like​ ​WebExtensions​ ​or​ ​the​ ​multi process​ ​architecture.

This​ ​without​ ​a​ ​doubt​ ​will​ ​be​ ​something​ ​that​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​users​ ​will​ ​see​ ​with​ ​good eyes.

Based​ ​on​ ​Firefox​ ​56.0.2

Waterfox​ ​56.0​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​Firefox​ ​56.0.2​ ​and​ ​includes​ ​the​ ​​security​ ​patches of​ ​Firefox​ ​57​.

Alex​ ​publicated​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of​ ​pending​ ​tasks,​ ​request​ ​from​ ​the​ ​community​ ​and​ ​the objectives​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project​ ​on​ ​Reddit​ ​with​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of​ ​unique​ ​characteristics.​ ​These are​ ​​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​main​ ​details​:

● Reimplement​ ​a​ ​notice​ ​for​ ​cookies​ ​that​ ​is​ ​shown​ ​every​ ​time​ ​sites​ ​try​ ​save​ ​cookies on​ ​the​ ​system.
● Improve​ ​the​ ​Waterfox​ ​version​ ​for​ ​Android.

● Global​ ​deactivation​ ​of​ ​web​ ​notifications.

● Eliminate​ ​all​ ​the​ ​telemetry.

● Modernise​ ​the​ ​Australis​ ​interfase.

An​ ​interesting​ ​fact​ ​​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​found​ ​in​ ​the​ ​list​ ​is​ ​that​ ​Alex​ ​seeks​ ​to implement​ ​a​ ​​private​ ​net​​ ​similar​ ​to​ ​a​ ​VPN​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​finance​ ​potencial Waterfox​ ​development.

Waterfox​ ​users​ ​that​ ​want​ ​to​ ​try​ ​the​ ​new​ ​version​ ​and​ ​help​ ​with​ ​its​ ​development can​ ​download​ ​it​ ​from​ ​the​ ​​Reddit​​ ​thread.

If​ ​it’s​ ​successful,​ ​Waterfox​ ​will​ ​​admit​ ​the​ ​inherited​ ​accessories​ ​from​ ​Firefox and​ ​the​ ​characteristics​ ​that​ ​Mozilla​ ​has​ ​presented​ ​and​ ​introduced​ ​in​ ​the newest​ ​versions​ ​of​ ​the​ ​search​ ​engines.​ ​This​ ​could​ ​increase​ ​the​ ​aesthetics​ ​of the​ ​search​ ​engine​ ​significantly.

Like​ ​we​ ​already​ ​know,​ ​Waterfox​ ​is​ ​an​ ​​open​ ​code​ ​search​ ​engine​.​ ​It’s​ ​based on​ ​Mozilla​ ​Firefox,​ ​sense​ ​it​ ​counts​ ​with​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​similar​ ​functionalities.​ ​It’s available​ ​for​ ​different​ ​operating​ ​systems.​ ​Among​ ​them​ ​is​ ​Microsoft​ ​Windows, macOS​ ​and​ ​Linux.​ ​It’s​ ​designed​ ​to​ ​take​ ​advantage​ ​of​ ​architecture​ ​with​ ​64​ ​bits.

Recently​ ​we​ ​have​ ​seen​ ​how​ ​some​ ​distributions​ ​from​ ​Linux​ ​are​ ​abandoning architecture​ ​of​ ​32​ ​bits.​ ​All​ ​of​ ​them​ ​are​ ​going​ ​little​ ​by​ ​little​ ​to​ ​the​ ​64​ ​one.​ ​In​ ​fact it​ ​can​ ​be​ ​said​ ​that​ ​32​ ​bit​ ​processors​ ​are​ ​obsolete.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​because​ ​almost​ ​all of​ ​them​ ​function​ ​with​ ​64​ ​bit​ ​architecture​ ​since​ ​various​ ​years​ ​ago​ ​.