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Basilisk 2018.05.15


BasiliskBasilisk is a free and Open Source XUL-based web browser, featuring the well-known Firefox-style interface and operation. It is based on the Goanna layout and rendering engine (a fork of Gecko) and builds on the Unified XUL Platform (UXP), which in turn is a fork of the Mozilla code base without Servo or Rust.

Basilisk as an application is primarily a vessel for development of the XUL platform it builds upon, and additionally a potential replacement for Firefox to retain the use of Firefox Extensions.

Basilisk is development software. This means that it should be considered more or less “beta” at all times; it may have some bugs and is provided as-is, with potential defects. Like any other Free Software community project, it comes without any warranty or promise of fitness for any particular purpose. That being said: of course we will do our best to provide an as stable and secure browser as possible with every official release of Basilisk.

It should be noted that because of this focus on platform development, the browser itself (the application code) will be released and maintained mostly as-it-is, with very little change or development on the user interface or browser front-end features.

Basilisk is a modern, full-featured web browser and as such requires a reasonably modern system to properly run.
Windows requirements

Windows 7 or later. Windows XP or Windows Vista are not supported.
1GB of RAM (2GB or more recommended for heavy use).
Dedicated GPU strongly recommended.
A modern processor (must have SSE2 support as the absolute minimum)

Release notes

Published 2018-05-15
This is a development release.

Updated FFvpx lib to latest upstream.
Improved the memory allocator for multi-core and modern O.S. use.
Improved thread locking (mutexes).
Added support for FFmpeg 4.0/libavcodec 58.
Added some fixes for the performance timer API.
Improved consistency of color emoji display.
Fixed vertical lines in tabs on higher DPI screens.
Improved full-screen control animation.
Ported security and stability fixes from Mozilla.
Reinstated the use of xrender for proper Linux X11 performance.
Fixed unsafe “instanceof” negations.
Removed the e10s sandbox.
Removed dead widget code.
Removed legacy non-ICU Intl code.


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