Firefox 37 released

In today's open source roundup: Firefox 37 is out. Plus: Debian 8 Jesse release date announced, and mass confusion ensues when Reddit reverses the Android and Apple subreddits


Firefox 37 released

The Mozilla developers have been rocketing right along with the development of Firefox. Firefox 37 is the latest version and it offers native HTML5 playback on YouTube, a new user rating system called Heartbeat and secure Bing searches.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

For end-users, Mozilla Firefox 37.0 is not an exciting release, as it introduces an all-new user rating system, called Heartbeat, that allows them to more easily send feedback to Mozilla about their web browser, sets the Yandex search engine by default when using the Turkish locale, and it now uses secure HTTP connections when searching with Bing.

The new version also improves protection against website impersonation by implementing a OneCRL centralized certificate revocation. Bettes HTTP/2 support has been added to encrypt the HTTP traffic if the server supports the new protocol, WebGL rendering has been greatly improved on the Windows platform, and IndexedDB is now accessible from worker threads.

It appears the infamous subset of the Media Source Extensions (MSE) API has been finally implemented to allow native HTML5 video playback on the YouTube website. However, please note that Mac and Linux OSes support only 720p at the moment. Support for CSS display:contents has been added, as well as a new SDP/JSEP implementation in WebRTC.

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The Mozilla site has release notes for Firefox 37:

Check out "What’s New" and "Known Issues" for this version of Firefox below. As always, you’re encouraged to tell us what you think, or file a bug in Bugzilla. If interested, please see the complete list of changes in this release.

We'd also like to extend a special thank you to all of the new Mozillians who contributed to this release of Firefox!

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Redditors reacted to the news in a thread about Firefox 37:

Monk_on_Fire: "Yes. Yes, yes, yes. This video plays perfectly for me at 1080p60. Thank you, people of Firefox!"

Accipiter46: "Finally, MSE on youtube. The html5 video playback has been a bit buggy for me the last few weeks, hopefully this will help."

MaTachi: "Will this MSE thingy eventually work on Linux too?"

Doublec: "It will be enabled by default on Linux eventually. It runs now, and you can enable it manually, but it needs more testing and bug fixing."

Xonero: "I dunno about anyone else but so far (for me) Firefox's RAM usage and CPU usage have shot way up when using HTML5. From like 500-600 MB to over 1 GB and the CPU usage from about 30-40 % to 80 % and higher."

Pushme2: "High motion, high definition and high frame rate video still stutters, lags and freezes while the audio occasionally gets static and chops.

Here is an example video:

Using firefox 37 on arch x86_64. The same exact videos when played in VLC and MPV work perfectly fine without dropping a single frame. Even Google Chrome and Chromium both run buttery smooth."

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Debian Jesse release date

The Debian developers have been very busy on the next version of Debian. Many people have been wondering when it will be released, and we now have a final release date of April 25th for Debian 8 Jesse.

The Debian mailing list has the details:

We now have a target release date of Saturday the 25th of April. We have checked with core teams, and this seems to be acceptable for everyone. This means we are able to begin the final preparations for a release of Debian 8 - "Jessie".

The intention is only to lift the date if something really critical pops up that is not possible to handle as an errata, or if we end up technically unable to release that weekend.

Please keep in mind that we intend to have a quiet period from Saturday the 18th of April. Bug fixes must be *in Jessie* before then.

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The Debian site has more information about Debian 8 Jesse:

The code name for the next major Debian release after wheezy is "jessie".

This release started as a copy of wheezy, and is currently in a state called "testing". This means that things should not break as badly as in unstable or experimental distributions, because packages are allowed to enter this distribution only after a certain period of time has passed, and when they don't have any release-critical bugs filed against them.

Please note that security updates for "testing" distribution are not yet managed by the security team. Hence, "testing" does not get security updates in a timely manner. You are encouraged to switch your sources.list entries from testing to wheezy for the time being if you need security support. See also the entry in the Security Team's FAQ for the "testing" distribution.

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