by a Thinker, Sailor, Blogger, Irreverent Guy from Madras

What is new in Firefox 18

Precisely nothing for the normal user.  For the Windows user, the Firefox 18 is supposed to provide speed improvements with a new JavaScript compiler, and a built-in PDF viewer, apart from some jing-bangs for Macs and touch events for mobiles.

The new IonMonkey JavaScript engine has been tested by Mozilla and is said to provide upto 25% faster loading time with JavaScript pages.  But that is with pages with lots of JavaScript.  Don’t complain if monkeyshine nutworks loads at its own normal pace of 2.6 seconds or so.

Firefox 18 also implements basic support for WebRTC, which will allow browsers to perform video and voice calls without the need for third-party plugins - like Google Chrome.

But it is disabled by default.  To enable you have to type about:config in the address bar, accept the warning and search for media.peerconnection.enabled and double-click to change the default value (false) to true.

You also have to change default values to true for media.navigator.enabled and (maybe) media.navigator.permission.disabled to give automatic access to the browser to the PC’s camera and microphone.

BTW I am personally not sure giving the browser automatic access to mic and camera is a good thing.

But these are all under the hood changes, which the normal user isn’t going to feel.  There are a couple of security holes which has been taken care of, and hence upgrading from Firefox 17.0.1 to Firefox 18 wouldn’t be a bad idea.

The release notes are at


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