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Mozilla Firefox is a graphical web browser, written by the Mozilla Corporation in conjunction with volunteers. It is the most widely used Linux web browser. It continues to take web browsing market share away from Internet Explorer, which is regarded as being less secure.

Firefox supports many software standards, including HTML, XML, XHTML, CSS, ECMAScript (JavaScript), DOM, MathML, DTD, XSLT, XPath, and PNG images with alpha transparency.

Firefox's implementation of the HTTPS protocol utilizes SSL/TLS in an effort to protect communications with web servers via its strong cryptographical capabilities.

To display web pages, Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine, which implements most current web standards.

 Firefox 37.0.2

Free to download


Mozilla Public License 1.1

Mozilla Foundation


System Requirements
Intel Pentium II or AMD K6-III+ 233 MHz CPU (Recommended: 500MHz or greater)
64 MB RAM (Recommended: 128 MB RAM or greater)
52 MB hard drive space

GLib 2.12 or higher
GTK+2.10 or higher
Pango 1.14 or higher
X.Org 1.0 or higher
libstdc++ 4.3 or higher

NetworkManager 0.7 or higher
DBus 1.0 or higher
HAL 0.5.8 or higher
GNOME 2.16 or higher  

Firefox2 Project Page, Knowledge Base, Firefox Plugins, Firefox Extension Guru's Blog

Selected Reviews:
The Bottom Line, arstechnica, CNeteWEEK

Features include:

  • Advanced security features which screen websites downloading spyware or "phishing" for your personal data and pop-up blocker
  • Tabbed browsing allowing multiple web pages to be open in the same browser window
  • Spell checker
  • Live Bookmarks lets you view Web feeds such as news or blog headlines in the bookmarks toolbar or menu
  • One-Click bookmarking
  • Incremental find
  • Integrated download manager
  • Search system with drop down list of suggestions (works for Google, Yahoo! and
  • Built in session restore, allowing you to return to the position when Firefox was last closed
  • Web Feeds (RSS) integration allowing users to add RSS feeds to popular RSS readers with a click of the mouse
  • Support for DHTML accessibility
  • Instant Web Site ID
  • Automated updates
  • Anti-Phishing and Anti-Malware
  • Private browsing
  • Easy customization
  • Highly extensible with a huge library of themes and extensions. Extensions add additional functionality to Firefox, allowing users to do such things as screen captures, gather RSS feeds and organize information among other things. Includes Add-ons Manager and a Search Engine Manager

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