Waterfox web browser as an alternative to Mozilla Firefox for Linux

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From the Waterfox website, “Waterfox focuses on giving users choice while also helping make the world a better place. Waterfox is partners with Ecosia, a search engine that plants trees with its generated revenues. The browser itself is focused on power users, which lets you make the important decisions. There is no plugin whitelist, you can run whichever extensions you like and absolutely no data or telemetry is sent back to Mozilla or the…


  1. I tried Waterfox for short time, but I had to uninstall it. The reason was that it is not compatible with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, which I have to use because I am a person with a disability who cannot type, at least in the conventional way. I have no use of my hands.

  2. Waterfox runs faster than Firefox 56 and 57. The only issue I'm having is that Youtube videos are jerky on videos that are in 60fps (not so in FF57.) I hope this gets fixed soon. Other than that it's faster than FF57, uses half the Memory and CPU resources than FF57 (25% less in FF56,) and best of all ALL my add-ons work. This is my new default browser.

  3. If Vivaldi is ever optimised to run as fast as the new Firefox or Waterfox, I'd probably switch to it. At the moment I use Waterfox, previous to that I used Palemoon. ps I wonder if Ecosia really does fulfill it's promise relating to trees (1 per 45 searches). Perhaps I could persuade you to switch to the official NHS browser that makes a contribution to the health service (perhaps one day), and similar for other countries XD

  4. Migrate from FF 2 years ago, when start developing apps on JS, and I don't regret it.
    It was uncomfortable at first time cause not scrolled tabs (at that time usually stay about 50 tabs opened).
    But after a while started use OneTab and its well!
    While on FF I had about 30 addons in Chrome less than 10 extensions.
    But main plus is speed – even naked FF so slow… Quantum too…

  5. Recently tried WF as FF was giving me big problems including pages taking way too long to load, script errors, freeze ups etc. And FF 57 was a no go due to addon disabling. WF is much faster for me and my FF problems have vanished

  6. Hi Chris!
    I hope you didn't made a video about this one:
    Pale Moon! It's another "Firefox-clone" but rather different: It's a fork that is some years old, but usable, i.e.: AddOns work and
    extensions too. Maybe another candidate for the "Battle of the Browsers".
    … again

  7. I was hoping for more expert insight into Waterfox. Instead, this is mostly a tour of its website, including reading it to me. I can find the site, read the text, etc. I was seeking a review. Nicely done video, but adds little information to what I can read or see on the Waterfox site.

  8. you have to appeal to me with effective security that's >= chrome
    as for WF, it looks pretty interesting, but I care about security before performance, and chrome (with a few extensions you can't add to FF) makes that happen.

    as for which extensions, I need to update my old knowledge, because I'm sure more work now.

  9. I Switched to Waterfox because Mozilla Removing all the Add-on support with Firefox 57 and i don't and cant live without my add-ons that want be transition to the new web add-on stuff Mozilla Created.

  10. I use it on my Mac for some weeks now, stable and much as Firefox – which I used since Netscape 2.0 ..
    If Mozilla switches to their new shiny engine and kicks out all the AddOns I need, Waterfox will become my ESR-version until something better arise. Hopefully a mixture or Pale Moon, Waterfox and the Gnome-version. We'll see…

  11. Chris, this was interesting. I haven't tried Waterfox for awhile now. I'm using a newer browser.

    I genuinely wonder how you would compare Waterfox to Brave? I've been using Brave this year with good results… except… well… there are a very few things that don't work well in Brave and for those few things I… gasp… choke… use Edge and… yuck… Chrome… it's very rare, though. I really do want to know how Waterfox measures up to Brave.

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