A new browser war is about to begin. Google Chrome is currently capturing the market with 70% of users within its operating system. Next up we have a new edge, Microsoft’s browser, which uses the Chromium engine and has many improvements over its competitor, and thirdly, Firefox, an option for those who care about their privacy. In the coming months, we will see major changes in browser market share and that is about to change. And, of course, alternative browsers are already preparing to try to break through and steal the user from their rivals. And the one who is already ready for battle Waterfox.
Waterfox is a Firefox based web browser. This browser was created to make up for some of the shortcomings of the original Mozilla browser and improve it in many ways. For example, it was one of the first to support 64-bit, long before Firefox, and removed heavy and unnecessary content from the browser, such as adobe DRM or Pocket, to make it as free and lightweight as possible. Moreover, this browser was one of the few that continue support for XUL and XPCOM add-ons and extensions later, with Firefox 57, Mozilla stopped supporting it.
For most users, Waterfox is a legacy of the classic Firefox. But in this world, if you want to face your rivals, you have no choice but to change.
G3, the invention of the browser (almost) from scratch
Alex Kontos, Principal Developer and Responsible for Waterfox, has begun work on what he calls the third generation of this browser. This new version, the first thing it does is change the Firefox base to the latest ESR 78 … In addition, the new Waterfox will have a new numbering system, much simpler than the one I have used so far: G x and z.
- x – will indicate the major version of the browser, “generation”. For example, G3.0.0.
- and – indicates an additional version, an update focused, for example, on compatibility. For example, G3.1.0.
- z – Patch version when minor fixes or security fixes are applied. For example, G3.1.5.
Another major change that we will see in this browser is that it will finally compatible with extensions of other browsers … Its developer talks about Chrome and Opera stores, although you could go further.
Although this browser has undergone major changes, its developer ensures that it offers the same features and capabilities as previous versions. For example, it is expected to support NPAPI and classic browser extensions.
Download Waterfox G3
This new browser is still at a very early stage of development. Its developer recommends its users to use this new version G3 for testing only, never in production or for everyday use. Without going into details, the latest digitally signed version cannot be downloaded by any website.
If we are interested in testing this new browser, we can download it from the following link. We do not yet know when the third generation of this browser will reach the stable branch.