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55.0.2 Released for Windows, Mac and Linux. Android support in the coming weeks.

 

After a lot of late nights ☕️, the next version of Waterfox is here! This version lands some very important changes that pave the way to keeping add-on support in Waterfox. Waterfox now uses its own separate profile directory and migrates all your existing data to it. In the coming weeks the website will get an infrastructure update to pave the way for an add-on store.

 

Waterfox will also be coming to Android, so be sure to spread the word once it releases! Stay tuned as more big updates land with some new features joining further in the year.

 

Don’t forget to join the active subreddit community for support.

 

IMPORTANT! Waterfox now uses its own profile location!

Waterfox now uses its own profile directory. If you have updated from an automatic update, you will get a prompt to import your data to this new location after restarting the browser post update.

As much of your data will try to be kept as possible.

  • Location on macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Waterfox
  • Location on Linux: ~/.waterfox/
  • Location on Windows: %APPDATA%\Waterfox

There will be a backup of your previous profile within this new profile directory. If you use a different than default location for Firefox, you should be able to just update the profile.ini in the new Waterfox profile location to carry on using that location.

What’s new in Waterfox 55.0.2?

  • Fixed an issue with missing label in about:dialog for language packs.
  • Reverted Yahoo partner URL until better solution found.
  • Note: If you are using Linux, you will need version 3.4.22 of libstdc++.
  • Windows builds are now available!
  • Updated to Firefox 55.0.2 (Release Notes)

What’s new in Waterfox 55.0.1?

  • Updated to Firefox 55.0.1 (Release Notes)
  • Full add-ons are now marked as such in the about:addons page, in preparation for keeping support.
  • Waterfox will CARRY ON SUPPORT for add-ons.
  • Waterfox now uses its own profile directory (as you may have been prompted when updating).
    • Location on macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Waterfox
    • Location on Linux: ~/.waterfox/
    • Location on Windows: %APPDATA%\Waterfox
  • Backed out Bug 1351490 to keep NPAPI support.
  • Added Yahoo! partner URL.

Issues

  • On certain platforms, Waterfox will keep asking to be set as default browser even if it is.

What’s coming in the next few weeks?

  • Waterfox will release for Android in the next few weeks, along with another small Desktop update.
  • Website will get a complete overhaul in preparation for hosting own add-on store and various services to move away from Mozilla dependency.

What features does Waterfox currently have?

  • Compiled with Clang+LLVM on Linux
  • Disabled Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) by default
  • Disabled Web Runtime (deprecated as of 2015)
  • Removed Pocket
  • Removed Telemetry
  • Removed data collection
  • Removed startup profiling
  • Allow running of all 64-Bit NPAPI plugins
  • Allow running of unsigned extensions and full add-ons
  • Removal of Sponsored Tiles on New Tab Page
  • Addition of Duplicate Tab option (toggle with browser.tabs.duplicateTab, thanks to PandaCodex)
  • Locale selector in about:preferences > General (further improved by PandaCodex)

N.B.

  • Automatic updates will be delayed by 24 hours to make sure there aren’t any pressing issues before seeding to everyone.



 

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A shout out to

 

  1. msuguy71
  2. Quantum Reality
  3. Andre Chappel
  4. Nick2253
  5. Jack Pieron
  6. Dean Surkin
  7. MaimiWeiss
  8. Richard Haire
  9. DE MARCO, LLC
  10. Garrett Anderson
  11. Mark Greenway
  12. Brenda Fernández
  13. Matthew Trump
  14. Kevin Blas

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WOW a 64bit? I still don't know if i should try it. Cuz it's a modified browser. Kinda sketchy but i await results from others til i try, i applaud you for adding 64bit!
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WOW a 64bit? I still don't know if i should try it. Cuz it's a modified browser. Kinda sketchy but i await results from others til i try, i applaud you for adding 64bit!

Thanks. I hardly did much, just recompiled the program tongue.gif
    
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Wonder if it's also SSE2 optimized - if so I'll give it a go smile.gif
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Wonder if it's also SSE2 optimized - if so I'll give it a go smile.gif

In the next build I'll be enabling the following optimisations:
  • MMX
  • SSE2
  • SSE3
There is also the option to add SSE4.1 but lots of users still use AMD processors and old Core 2 Duo CPUs, such as me biggrin.gif
    
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Wow, that is awesome biggrin.gif I think I'll be switching to waterfox pending 64-bit plugin support for 1 or 2 things such as Silverlight that I will probably find easily!
What's awesome is firefox 4 is already fast enough but I can imagine this would be a lot faster
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Wow, that is awesome biggrin.gif I think I'll be switching to waterfox pending 64-bit plugin support for 1 or 2 things such as Silverlight that I will probably find easily!
What's awesome is firefox 4 is already fast enough but I can imagine this would be a lot faster

Voila. The new build is now available, and it's been done properly this time biggrin.gif everything is named correctly too thumb.gif

Also, Silverlight 5 will bring 64-Bit support. Current release date is 1H 2011 tongue.gif
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Awesome! wheee.gif will be downloading and importing my firefox profile soon!
And meh, I don't visit many sites (if at all) that use Silverlight yet anyway

EDIT: I get an MSVCR100.dll is missing from your computer error on startup. Trying to fix this error myself now by d/l-ing the DLL and placing it in the program folder...
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Awesome! wheee.gif will be downloading and importing my firefox profile soon!
And meh, I don't visit many sites (if at all) that use Silverlight yet anyway

EDIT: I get an MSVCR100.dll is missing from your computer error on startup. Trying to fix this error myself now by d/l-ing the DLL and placing it in the program folder...

Sorry my mistake. Updated the thread with the missing file required.
    
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Nearly forgot to launch the install - this is certainly much much faster! Even adapted to my Firefox profile upon first startup which is great, so I can revert to regular firefox in case of issues. I'm definitely liking it so far wheee.gif

I'm going to put a link to Waterfox in my "Optimizing Firefox" article (see sig)
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