Mozilla this week released a new stable version of the Firefox web browser. The new version fixes a shutdown crash and enables hardware acceleration on newer AMD cards.
Firefox 103.0.1 is already available. The new version of the browser can be downloaded from the official Mozilla download repository or using the built-in update feature.
To use it, select Menu > Help > About Firefox; this opens a small window that displays the version of Firefox. Firefox runs an update check every time the window is opened to download and install new versions.
Firefox 103.0.1 is the first point release of Firefox 103. Mozilla released Firefox 103 on July 26. The new version introduced a new option to access toolbar items with the keyboard and also enabled full cookie protection.
The official release notes for Firefox 103.0.1 only lists two items:
- Enabled hardware acceleration on new AMD cards.
- Fixed a crash on Firefox shutdown caused by a bug in the audio manager.
Mozilla does not list new AMD cards that have hardware acceleration enabled in the release notes. A quick check on Mozilla’s bug-tracking website, Bugzilla, reveals that it has been enabled for AMD Yellow Cards. The first devices equipped with the new AMD card, designed specifically for laptops and other mobile devices, began to be available earlier this year.
Firefox users who have purchased such a device may notice improvements when accessing graphics-rich content such as games or videos.
Here’s how to check if hardware acceleration is enabled in Firefox:
- Load about:preferences in the browser address bar.
- Scroll down until you get to the Performance group.
- Uncheck “Use recommended performance setting”.
- Firefox expands the preference and reveals whether hardware acceleration is enabled.
- Check the “Use recommended performance settings” box again.
The second issue fixed in the new version of Firefox concerns a crash on shutdown caused by an audio manager bug.
Now you: are you using hardware acceleration?