Download Of The Day: Firefox 13 – Linux / Windows / Mac OS X

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Firefox version 13.0 has been released and available for download. Firefox 13.0 is the fastest and smartest web browser. You will see new tab and home page user interface. The Home Page now includes icons at the bottom of the page to give you easy access to bookmarks, history, settings, add-ons, downloads and sync preferences with one-click shortcuts. This version is a major upgrade and includes features such as updated developer tools, SPDY, and few other updates.

Firefox 13
Firefox 13


What’s new in Firefox 13

  • When I open a new tab, the first thing I noticed that I’m getting most visited pages. Personally, I do not liked this new feature. So, First thing I did was to look for an option to disable the page. Just hit on the top-right of new tab pages that toggles the setting and hides most visited pages.
  • Firefox now supports SPDY networking protocol and enabled by default for faster browsing on supported sites such as Google and Twitter. SPDY is similar to HTTP, with particular goals to reduce web page load latency and improve web security. SPDY achieves reduced latency through compression, multiplexing, and prioritization. This is a good move as nginx is also going to support SPDY soon. Try using this tiny addon that shows if the page you are on is using SPDY or not.
  • New developer feature includes – Page Inspector, HTML panel, Style Inspector, Scratchpad, Style Editor, and 72 total improvements to existing features.
  • See the complete list of new features here.

How do I install Firefox 13 under Linux?

If you are already using Firefox (under MS-Windows / Apple Mac OS X) you will be automatically updated to the latest version the next time you restart your browser. Linux user can use apt-get and yum command to apply updates. If you’d like to install Firefox 13 manually head over to the our tutorial page for more information. You can download Firefox 13 by visiting this url.

Overall this looks like a good update and Mozilla finally making the right steps forward. I’m using it since yesterday and it is slightly fast as compare to FF10. Are you going to upgrade?


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.