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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday November 18 2020, @10:14PM   Printer-friendly
from the moving-forward dept.

Firefox 83 Released With Warp'ed JavaScript, HTTPS-Only Mode Option

Most notable with Firefox 83 is the SpiderMonkey "Warp" upgrade aiming to deliver better website responsiveness and other real-world JavaScript performance improvements. Mozilla describes the Warp benefits as "improved page load performance by up to 15%, page responsiveness by up to 12%, and reduced memory usage by up to 8%. We have replaced part of the JavaScript engine that helps to compile and display websites for you, improving security and maintainability of the engine at the same time."

Firefox 83 also ships with an option for an HTTPS-only mode whereby every Firefox connection aims to be secure and will warn the user should HTTPS not be supported.

Mozilla Punts Servo Web Engine Development To The Linux Foundation

Ever since the mass layoffs at Mozilla earlier this year and some Mozilla projects in jeopardy many have been wondering: what about Servo? Well, today it's heading off to the Linux Foundation.

Mozilla and the Linux Foundation are jointly announcing this morning that the Servo web engine development will now be hosted by the Linux Foundation.

The Rust-written code-base that's served as a long in development "next-gen" web engine at Mozilla will now be developed under the Linux Foundation umbrella. Besides Mozilla, this move has the support of other industry stakeholders like Samsung and Let's Encrypt.

See also: Firefox 84 Beta Begins Enabling WebRender By Default On Linux
Chrome 87 Released With More Performance Improvements
Google Is Already Experimenting With WebP2 As Successor To WebP Image Format

Previously: Mozilla Lays Off 250, Including Entire Threat Management Team
Following Layoffs, Mozilla and Core Rust Developers Are Forming a Rust Foundation

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 18 2020, @11:08PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 18 2020, @11:08PM (#1079005)

    setting aside all the possible shenenigans that identification of sites and encrypting coms with those sites might allow i think the big news is that the behemoth and show-case of closed source has totally and utterly lost the internet wars: open-source_code browsers and webservers are now probably 100% market share. so there's reason to hope and forks are available at the buffet ^_^

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 19 2020, @12:02AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 19 2020, @12:02AM (#1079020)

    Too-big-to-audit replaced closed source. How many people with the knowledge and skills to really understand the code aren't already on Google's payroll? How many have the time? Qt/GTK ports of spend all of their time playing catch-up with upstream...

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 19 2020, @12:36AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 19 2020, @12:36AM (#1079029)

      True, but with access to the source code people can dig and find the source of various problems. So it would be difficult to audit the entire codebase reliably, but if some nefarious behavior is noticed then it isn't as difficult to find the cause.