Firefox 8 might have been ‘out in the wild’ for a few days, but today marks its official release.

Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 will automatically upgrade to Firefox 8 at some point in the coming days – no PPAs or downloads necessary.

So what’s new?

Firefox 8, which aside from nudging the open-source browser a step closer to the version number of Internet Explorer (and trying to keep pace with Google Chrome’s), includes a handful of new features and notable changes: –

  • Twitter search engine installed by default
  • Third-party add-ons are disabled by default
  • A new ‘add-on selection dialog’ allows to verify add-ons on upgrading
  • Tabs can be loaded ‘on demand’, improving start-up times
  • HTML5 context menu support, improved memory management, and various stability fixes also feature.

Firefox 8 dialogDownload

Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 users do not need to download or add any PPAs in order to get the update: just keep an eye on update manager over the next day or so to upgrade.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and 10.10 users can install/upgrade to Firefox 8 by adding the Mozilla Stable Release PPA?to their Software Sources. (Note that at the time of writing these builds are pending publication, so will be available very shortly.)

  • ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable


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