Apr 29, 2014

Firefox 29 Available For Download, Includes New Australis UI, Other Important Changes

Mozilla didn't officially release it yet, but Firefox 29 (stable) is already available for download. The new version includes a new user interface known as Australis, along with many other changes.

The first thing you'll notice when using the latest Firefox 29 with its new Australis UI is that it uses curved tabs and there's a clear distinction between foreground and background tabs.

There's also a new menu and a new customization function which "allows you to prioritize features in the menu, toolbar, and tab bar by simply dragging them to the desired position":

But that's not all: the addon bar was removed (it's content was moved to the navigation bar), the bookmarks icon was merged with the bookmarks button and was moved to the right of the search bar, the forward button only appears when there's somewhere to go forward to and the Firefox menu was moved on the right, at the end of the toolbar, as you can see in the screenshots above.

Other changes include:

  • An interactive onboarding tour to guide users through new interface changes;

  • The ability to set up Firefox Sync by creating a Firefox account;

  • Gamepad API finalized and enabled;

  • Clicking on a W3C Web Notification will switch to the originating tab;

  • navigator.plugins is no longer enumerable, for user privacy;

  • 'box-sizing' (dropping the -moz- prefix) implemented;

  • Console object available in Web Workers;

  • Promises enabled by default;

  • SharedWorker enabled by default;

  • <input type="number"> implemented and enabled;

  • <input type="color"> implemented and enabled;

  • Enabled ECMAScript Internationalization API.

New interactive tour (click HERE to access it)

Creating a new Firefox account (for sync)

For more information, see the Firefox 29 release notes.

Download Firefox 29

Ubuntu users: Firefox 29 will be available sometime in the next few days in the official Ubuntu repositories, for all supported Ubuntu versions. If you don't want to wait (it's advised to wait for the official update!), you can upgrade to the latest Firefox 29 by using the Ubuntu Mozilla Security Team PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Or, to install Firefox instead of upgrading (if Firefox isn't installed on your system), skip the last command above and use the command below instead:

sudo apt-get install firefox

via Web Upd8 - Ubuntu / Linux blog http://ift.tt/1nC5zC8