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What’s new in Mozilla Firefox 18 Desktop Web Browser

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Mozilla Firefox 18 web browser for Desktop and Mobile has been released. As usual Mozilla brings many improvements with each release to make this web browser is the best choice for regular users and developers as well. So, let’s check what’s new in this release for Desktop.


The desktop version of Mozilla Firefox web browser features a faster performance by 25% for web applications, and games such as BananaBread. thanks to the new JavaScript compiler and IonMonkey compiler.

Mozilla Firefox 18 for Retina display “MAC users”.

MAC users with Retina high resolution display will have a better experience during browsing, gaming, and even watching movies, since Firefox 18 supports Retina display.

Switching and dragging tabs become smoother, now when you try to move a tab towards other tab it moves it to the other side with sliding transition which is similar to Google chrome.

WebRTC as a part of social network integration in Firefox 18 will allow you to chat directly from Firefox with other people, ability to make a video conference and Audio/video calls, share files, and share links simply by dragging it to the chat video box.

Here’s a video demo of WebRTC by Todd Simpson, Mozilla’s Chief of Innovation

[How To]: Enable WebRTC in Firefox 18 and Firefox 19 Beta

If you are interesting in using WebRTC in Firefox 18 and Firefox 19 Beta. Here’s a How to enable WebRTC in Firefox 18.

Check the Full release notes for Mozilla Firefox 18 for further information about the known issues and bugs.

Install Mozilla Firefox 18 on Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin

The latest stable release of Mozilla Firefox version 18 is now available in the local repository for Ubuntu. So, no need to add additional repositories to install Firefox 18. Simply run the update manager and it will update it along with other updates for you system. Or, you can just update Firefox using this command in Terminal “Ctrl+Alt+t”

sudo apt-get install firefox

[note]Firefox 18 is available in the local repository for these releases Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Ubuntu 11.10 and Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx[/note]

Download Mozilla Firefox 18 for other Linux distributions and other platforms from the official Download Page.

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