Why Firefox Quantum Should Be Your Default Linux Browser
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Operating systems, game consoles, and web browsers remain pretty polarizing. Users benefit from tons of choice with browsers, from Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Opera to Firefox. With the release of its 57th version, dubbed Firefox Quantum, comes a major overhaul.

Although Linux features an array of browser options, Firefox Quantum is the best option to use. Find out why Firefox Quantum should be your default Linux browser.

What Is Firefox Quantum?

Firefox Quantum is the 57th release version Firefox Quantum Arrives to Challenge Google Chrome Firefox Quantum Arrives to Challenge Google Chrome Firefox Quantum is faster, better-looking, more streamlined, and more useful, and it may be able to give Chrome a run for its money. It certainly uses less RAM... Read More of Mozilla Firefox’s hugely popular web browser. It’s a direct response to Google Chrome. Among Quantum’s enhancements The Firefox FAQ: 7 Key Questions Answered The Firefox FAQ: 7 Key Questions Answered New to Firefox? Firefox Quantum is worth your time! Here we have compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Mozilla Firefox. Read More , you’ll find decreased RAM usage, increased speed, and a more streamlined user interface. Considering its plentiful refreshes, Firefox Quantum truly challenges Google Chrome Firefox Quantum Arrives to Challenge Google Chrome Firefox Quantum Arrives to Challenge Google Chrome Firefox Quantum is faster, better-looking, more streamlined, and more useful, and it may be able to give Chrome a run for its money. It certainly uses less RAM... Read More .

Which Web Browsers Are Available for Linux?

Linux notably boasts several solid web browsers aside from Firefox Quantum. Most obviously, there’s Google Chrome. In its comparison of web browsers for Linux, Lifewire praised Chrome’s excellent web page rendering. Plus, its user interface is incredibly streamlined. The prevalence of Google Docs and Gmail further solidifies Google Chrome as a fantastic Linux browser. Likewise, in our analysis of Linux web browsers Are You Using the Best Web Browser for Linux in 2016? Are You Using the Best Web Browser for Linux in 2016? Using the "wrong" browser can lead to a lot of unnecessary headaches, wasted productivity, and even lost data. So which browser is the best for your Linux computer? Let's find out. Read More , we awarded Google Chrome the top slot with Mozilla as a close second. Yet with Quantum out, that completely changes.

Similarly, there’s the open-source Chromium browser. While certain Linux operating systems come pre-loaded with Firefox, still others include Chromium. Rendering mimics that of Google Chrome, so there’s amazing compatibility. However, Chromium lacks certain add-ons found in Chrome for additional usability. For instance, Chromium doesn’t include MP3 support or HTML5 video codecs. Moreover, there’s no Flash plugin. Still, it’s possible to add Flash to Chromium in Ubuntu.

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Another alternative to Firefox, Chrome, and Chromium is Iceweasel. Essentially, Iceweasel is a similar to Firefox, but is a version of the Extended Support Release. Although Iceweasel sees security updates, it won’t gain all updates until they’ve been comprehensively tested. Therefore, it’s arguably more stable but not completely up to date. If you value stability, consider Weasel.

A niche Linux web browser is Konqueror. It’s only for KDE distributions. Features such as split windows and tabbed bookmarks make Konqueror a best pick for KDE operatig systems. But in its testing, Lifewire discovered that rendering of popular sites including Yahoo, BBC, and Sky failed.

Thus, it’s not the best Linux browser option.

Why Firefox Quantum Should Be Your Linux Browser

There are many reasons to opt for Firefox Quantum as your preferred Linux web browser.

It’s Faster

According to Mozilla, Firefox Quantum is twice as quick as the previous Firefox from six months earlier. Speed is the main improvement with Quantum. With web browsing, that’s a major factor. It’s largely because of this that Mozilla calls Quantum its most substantial release since Firefox 1.0 debuted.

It Requires Fewer Resources

Since Firefox Quantum is faster, it uses more system resources, right? Contrary to how it may seem, Quantum actually employs fewer system resources while doubling its speed. Mozilla accomplishes this through allowing Firefox Quantum to use multiple CPU cores. Moreover, a new Rust-based CSS engine instead of its previous C++ lets Quantum operate more efficiently while using fewer resources. Doubling the power with up to 30 percent less power consumption is an impressive feat.

It Has a New Interface

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The first difference you’ll notice when switching to Firefox Quantum is that its desktop icon has changed. The modernized logo is increasingly streamlined. This permeates the rest of the browser experience. With Quantum, the New Tab page features top sites, and recommended pages. Plus, there’s a revamped add-ons page which is tailored to an updated web experience.

Where formerly Firefox allowed both legacy add-ons and web extensions to run side-by-side, Quantum now only utilizes web extensions. For some users, this might be a downside, but overall it lends Firefox a modern web direction. You can view all of the add-ons for Firefox Quantum in the add-ons index, where over 8,000 add-ons are available.

It Has More Customizations

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Into customization? Quantum is for you. Three simple tweaks 3 New Ways to Customize in Firefox Quantum 3 New Ways to Customize in Firefox Quantum The revamped Firefox Quantum offers some new ways to customize it. Here's how to pop open the customization panel and tweak it to your liking. Read More you can make to personalize your Firefox Quantum experience are: setting the space for your address bar, adding new buttons, and picking updated themes.

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With Quantum, you’ll find white boxes on the side of the browser which allow you to add items like customized icons. Plus, you can remove elements such as Pocket or even the bookmark this page icon. Among the new buttons for Firefox Quantum, there’s a nifty Forget button that removes your recent browsing history with a simple click. That way, if you forget to switch into an Incognito browser, you can clean up any unwanted history on your local machine. There’s an Email Link button too, and a button shortcut for the Options menu.

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New themes allow even further customization of your Firefox Quantum browser. Here, you can change your browser to display flowers, cityscapes, abstract art, and more.

It Integrates Mobile and Desktop

One of Quantum’s best features is its “send to device” option. If you’re browsing a web page on your phone and wish to continue reading on your desktop or laptop, simply click “send to device” and that web page will open on your PC in the background. As a poweruser with tons of gadgets including two Android tablets, an Android phone, and two laptops, this is a super useful feature. Often I’ll begin perusing an article on one device, but wish to change to another.

The Downsides of Firefox Quantum

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While Quantum is easily the best browser for Linux, surpassing Chrome, it’s not perfect. As with its recent releases, Firefox Quantum still maintains Pocket which is essentially a snazzy bookmarking tool. However, you can remove it from your user interface, and even disable it completely.

Whereas that’s a minor quibble, the major change for some users is undoubtedly the migration to web extensions from legacy add-ons. Long-time Firefox aficionados will find that certain legacy add-ons don’t have updated web extensions. Thus, it’s necessary to find an alternative.

Firefox Quantum: The Definitive Linux Web Browser

Where earlier Google Chrome reigned supreme as the top Linux browser, Firefox now takes the crown. It’s faster while boosting efficiency. Moreover, Quantum presents ample opportunity for customizing its layout, and features a bevy of add-ons. With its many enhancements, Quantum is undoubtedly the browser to pick if you’re a Linux user.

What’s more, Mozilla inserted a “Mr. Robot” reference Mozilla Inserted a Mr. Robot Add-on Into Firefox Mozilla Inserted a Mr. Robot Add-on Into Firefox The add-on, called "Looking Glass," turned out to be nothing more than part of the Mr. Robot ARG, but many Firefox users thought they had been hit with malware. Read More in Firefox, a show that can teach much about Linux 6 Ways Mr. Robot Is Putting Linux in the Public Eye 6 Ways Mr. Robot Is Putting Linux in the Public Eye Mr. Robot debuted in 2015 to critical acclaim. But did you know that there's quite a bit you can learn about Linux from watching Mr. Robot? Read More .

Firefox Quantum has been so revolutionary, that shortly after its release it was heralded as the best current browser, regardless of operating system. Ultimately, Quantum isn’t merely the best browser on Linux, it’s the top web browser for Windows and macOS as well.

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  1. Chaython R Meredith
    July 28, 2018 at 11:11 am

    You just rewrote Firefox press release without any actual testing

  2. JBJ
    February 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    FF 57 and up are not as good as 56 and down! It keeps crashing the tab when a page tries to load Flash content, 56 did not have this problem. If more than 8 tabs are open it crashes the tab.

    Mozilla killed FF with the new 57, which obviously has not gone through thorough enough testing before being launched. I have used FF since it started, now I'm looking for a replacement - I need stable system, and crashing everytime Flash or multible tabs are opened is not stable nor acceptable!

    Lenovo X300, 1.2Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4GB ram, 160 Intel SSD, Peach OSI 16.04 LTS 64bit(Xubuntu) - and yes I have tested my ram and SSD.

    Would be nice if you could make an article on which browsers can replace FF 57, and be installed at the same time(not run at the same time).

  3. tosim
    January 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Vivaldi (Snapshot) I use primarily. However, I still at times run Opera, and PaleM oon. (I was using Opera since 1998, when we had to pay for it.) Running Linux Mint-MATE,v18.3 on all my machines.

  4. Spartacus
    January 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    It must be noted, if not already, that the new FF Quantum WILL stream Netflix videos without having to install Silverlight and a PPA to do so AND it streams on an old Toshiba 32-bit laptop running a midsized distro called MXLinux. FF Quantum will also stream Amazon Prime Video. Congratulations. Now just awaiting more add-ons. Oh, and if I may, on a tangent, MXLInux immediately recognized my mobile phone. I've been using Mint for a long time, but I have to say MXLinux is respectable.

  5. arthur
    January 18, 2018 at 8:51 am

    On my Linux Mint desktop my Opera browser is still faster.
    And Opera has more and better applications then Firefox will ever have

  6. Heimen Stoffels
    January 17, 2018 at 10:32 am

    I tried Firefox Quantum recently and it was much slower than Chrome/Chromium, Eolie and QupZilla. It was a clean install on a clean install of Solus (my Linux distro) with no add-ons installed. So no, it's not as fast as promised and I won't use it until it gets faster.

  7. JIm
    January 16, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I tried Quantum and went back to Firefox ESR. Lack or add-ons was one reason. Failure to play certain videos another, blocking some sites( legitimate ones) as unsafe without letting the user override the block still one more. I liked the speed and interface but it's failures were still to great.

    • Perry F. Bruns
      January 28, 2018 at 3:11 am

      Have you considered Waterfox? I've been using it since shortly after Quantum came out for the exact reasons you went back to ESR. I've noticed that Waterfox is surprisingly better for me than FF 56, on which it's apparently based. It works with just about every extension that FF 56 did, and faster too.

  8. Gazoo
    January 16, 2018 at 8:03 am

    If speed is one of the main arguments in favor of a browser, I suggest you give Pale Moon a test drive. For general browsing there is nothing faster in terms of startup, rendering pages, displaying. RAM usage, CPU draw, disk caching... blows every other browser away.

    No kidding.

    It's not bogged down by lots of little extras that have nothing to do with displaying web pages. It's not bogged down by built-in surveillance or shady backdoor behavior. It's one of the few browsers that's not trying to upsell you or outright sell you out.

    The only other graphical browsers that are faster are dillo and links2. Neither of which give you a modern experience. Having said this... if I wanted to go high-end and throttle my machine a bit, I like Vivaldi right now over Firefox.

  9. Kenneth Thomas
    January 16, 2018 at 8:03 am

    It also lacks compatibility with most existing extensions, with no way to access many internals. Non-starter for many power users.

  10. Jean Chicoine
    January 16, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Vivaldi for me. I've been a FF user for many years, but with Quantum they lost me. It was the best browser, now it's just a browser. The same happened before that with Opera, which was my prefered browser before they changed it.
    Vivaldi it is, then, an excellent browser as far as I am concerned.

  11. Hmmm
    January 15, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    "According to Mozilla, Firefox Quantum is twice as quick as the previous Firefox from six months earlier. Speed is the main improvement with Quantum. With web browsing, that’s a major factor. It’s largely because of this that Mozilla calls Quantum its most substantial release since Firefox 1.0 debuted."
    Of course Mozilla would say the newest version is the fastest and the best, it's the browser they make and promote.

    "The first difference you’ll notice when switching to Firefox Quantum is that its desktop icon has changed. The modernized logo is increasingly streamlined. This permeates the rest of the browser experience. With Quantum, the New Tab page features top sites, and recommended pages. Plus, there’s a revamped add-ons page which is tailored to an updated web experience."

    MS Edge does something similar, yet users aren't flocking to it. Granted, this article is about browsers for Linux, but does that mean a new tab with top sites will suddenly increase popularity?

    "Where formerly Firefox allowed both legacy add-ons and web extensions to run side-by-side, Quantum now only utilizes web extensions. For some users, this might be a downside, but overall it lends Firefox a modern web direction. You can view all of the add-ons for Firefox Quantum in the add-ons index, where over 8,000 add-ons are available."

    I think you're using "modern web direction" as a buzzword here. Also, this "direction" does not help users who have grown accustomed to the add-ons they lost.

    "One of Quantum’s best features is its 'send to device' option."

    Doesn't Chrome sync your tabs with your Google account? (granted, it is not exactly like a "send to device" feature, but it is similar)

    "What’s more, Mozilla inserted a 'Mr. Robot' reference in Firefox"

    You should read the article that you linked to.

  12. dragonmouth
    January 15, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    "According to Mozilla, Firefox Quantum is twice as quick as the previous Firefox from six months earlier."
    ACCORDING TO MOZILLA. Of course they would say that. Coming from them and based on my seat of the pants experience, it ain't so. As a FF user since the days it was known as Phoenix, I am underwhelmed with FF Quantum. Running on exactly the same system, FF 57 was only a little bit faster than FF 56. AFAIAC, nothing to get excited about. And that was with many privacy and security extension eliminated.

    "It Has a New Interface"
    Big, Fat, Hairy Deal! Eye candy and glitz do not translate into functionality.

    "It Has More Customizations"
    Again, nothing to really get excited about.

    "Quantum now only utilizes web extensions. For some users, this might be a downside, but overall it lends Firefox a modern web direction"
    And what is that direction? The trend to less and less privacy and security? Because with Quantum, Mozilla has invalidated many of the security/privacy add-ons.

    "Firefox Quantum has been so revolutionary, that shortly after its release it was heralded as the best current browser"
    Pundits and tech writers do tend to go overboard in their unrestrained praise for new products. I remember similar hoopla when Win 8 was released.

    • David Mulder
      January 16, 2018 at 8:56 am

      Web extensions improve privacy, as an ex-extension developer I can without a doubt say that web extensions utilize a far more precise API and thus make it harder to secretly do 'bad' stuff in the background. An add-on you need to trust as much as an exe, with web extensions you need to trust it as much as the permissions it asks for.

      • dragonmouth
        January 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        I'll not argue the technical details. However, the overall effect of disabling the add-ons without replacing them with extensions makes Quantum less secure/private.

        • Victor
          January 17, 2018 at 12:09 am

          Seems like your definitions differ here.

  13. Martyn Parker
    January 15, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Vivaldi (Snapshot). Yes, it's based on Chrome but it wipes the floor with it (and then some)

    • Jim Lee
      January 15, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      Agreed. I use both Vivaldi and Quantum. Both browsers tend to have one (IMHO) annoying downside in that both can be slow to start up. Firefox will render faster on startup but there's still a lot of initialization going on in the background; the result is that you get a pretty page but still can't do anything for a couple of seconds.

      Vivaldi has gotten so good that I uninstalled Chromium - no need for it. Once you get past the slow startup it absolutely puts Chrome/Chromium to shame. Far more configurable out of the box plus you don't have to worry about Big Brother watching your every move (like on Chrome). Maybe that's why it's the default browser on my desktop. If Vivaldi came out with a mobile version then I's also wipe FF mobile from my phone ASAP.

    • bob
      January 25, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      I consider Vivaldi to be what Chrome could be if Google actually tried.

    • Juhas T
      July 21, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      I agree. I decided for a while to switch to FF Quantum because I wanted to use the containers that Firefox offers. I found FF containers easier than Sessionbox for chrome. But after using FFQ for a while I noticed that it was way slower than Vivaldi with all the extensions I want to use.