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Developer(s)Waterfox Limited
Initial releaseMarch 27, 2011
Stable release
G5.1.10 / August 01, 2023
Preview release
G6.0 Beta 3 / August 23, 2023
Written inC, C++, CSS, JavaScript, XUL
EngineGecko, SpiderMonkey
Operating systemWindows 7 or later, Mac, Linux
Platformx64, ARM64, PPC64LE
Websitewww.waterfox.net Edit this on Wikidata

Waterfox is a free and open-source browser based on Firefox. It was first made for 64-bit systems, back when Firefox was only for 32-bit. Now, it is focused on speed and privacy.[1][2]

Waterfox Current[change | change source]

Also called Waterfox G.

Waterfox Current is almost the same as Firefox. They both use Gecko and SpiderMonkey to show websites. It also works with Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extensions. It turns off telemetry (data collection) and Pocket (web service). But, it collects details about the user's device to send the right updates (new changes) to the user's browser.[3][4]

Waterfox Classic[change | change source]

Screenshot of Waterfox Classic running on Windows 10, showing the English Wikipedia.

Waterfox Classic is a copy of the browser that uses the older copy of Gecko that still works with XUL and XPCOM add-ons. These add-ons do not work anymore on copies after Firefox 57.[5] The browser can also be easily seen as similar to Firefox 57, showing the default Australis theme.

It is still being kept up with the security changes from Waterfox Current and Firefox ESR. But, it has some security problems that are not fixed yet. This is because some new changes would not work on it. [6]

History[change | change source]

On March 27, 2011, Waterfox was first posted and distributed (given) by Alex Kontos for 64-bit Windows.[7] The copy for Mac was posted on May 14, 2015, after version 38.0 was posted. The copy for Linux was posted on December 20, 2016, after version 50.0 was posted.

From July 22, 2015, to November 12, 2015, Waterfox had its search engine called "Storm" based on Yahoo! Search. It was made with investor funding and it raised money for Waterfox and charity (giving money to the needy).[8]

In December 2019, System1, an advertising (paid notice) company that claims to be focused on privacy, bought Waterfox.[9] In July 2023, Alex Kontos said that Waterfox is an independent and separate project again.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. "What is Waterfox and Is It Safe?". MUO. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  2. Proven, Liam. "Waterfox: A Firefox fork that could teach Mozilla a lesson". The Register. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  3. Proven, Liam. "Waterfox: A Firefox fork that could teach Mozilla a lesson". The Register. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  4. "FAQ". Waterfox. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  5. Needham, Kev. "The Future of Developing Firefox Add-ons". blog.mozilla.org. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  6. "Waterfox Classic development will continue, but as a separate project from G4". ghacks.net. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  7. Kontos, Alex. "About Waterfox". Waterfox. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  8. "New search engine from Waterfox founder aims to take a punch at Google". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  9. Brinkmann, Martin. "Waterfox web browser sold to System1". ghacks.net. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  10. Kontos, Alex. "A New Chapter for Waterfox". Waterfox. Retrieved 24 August 2023.

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