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.
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 .