LibreWolf: 2-Week Review and Major Updates

LibreWolf: 2-Week Review and Major Updates


About 2 weeks ago, I talked about LibreWolf, an open-source alternative to Firefox that puts a major emphasis on privacy. From the brief trial run I had with the browser, I had little issues. However, browsing for a few hours was too little of a sample size, in my opinion. As a result, I decided to surf the web for the next few weeks to see if I would run into any issues.

My 2 Week Test Run

During that time, version 85.0.1-1 released on GitLab, so I replaced my 84.0.2-2 AppImage. The new version managed to boot without any problems. While I did not run any benchmarks to determine if there was a significant difference in performance between LibreWolf and Brave quantitatively, I personally didn't perceive it. The loading speeds were about the same. Opening and closing tabs were responsive on both software. A few minor things that LibreWolf does better than Brave are the smoother scrolling and the fact that the scroll bar is narrower, taking up less space.

The only downside that I had was the hardware acceleration. As a science teacher, I tried out some HTML5 science simulations that I've used with my students to see how well they ran on LibreWolf. Unfortunately, the performance was atrocious with extremely low framerates. I made sure to check if hardware acceleration was enabled and it was. However, the simulations seemed to only run off of my Ryzen 2700x which lacks an iGPU. Other than the poor hardware acceleration, I had a very hard time trying to find other negatives which is a testament of how well the LibreWolf team built this software.

Some Major Updates

The last time I talked about the browser, it did not have a Debian nor a Windows version yet. The good news is that if you check the GitLab releases page, you are now able to download the Debian package. The caveat is that it is highly experimental, so if you decide to run this on Debian (and you can even install it on Ubuntu-based distros), don't come in with high expectations.

The bigger news is that the Windows version is now in the process of getting polished. The version actually has its own page along with the installation instructions. Be warned, however, as the LibreWolf team also states in the page that the repository is still a work on progress. Regardless, this is great in terms of the open-source project being more accessible to everyone.

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