Monday, June 29, 2009

Install Firefox 3.5

Firefox 3.5 has some great features planned. As of the time this article was written it is still in development and some plugins do not work or conflict with new features. If you'd like try out Firefox 3.5 before it's officially included in Ubuntu, there is a is a Personal Package Archives (PPA) with a daily build of Firefox 3.5 that makes installation easy. To install Firefox 3.5, codenamed Shiretoko, you have to add the PPA and its key to your repositories.

Add the PPA To Your Repository:
- Go to the Mozilla Daily PPA Page
- Select the correct packages for your version of Ubuntu (8.04, 8.10, 9.04, 9.10)
- Copy the Mozilla daily repository to your source list
in a terminal:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
adding the dialy ppa
- save and exit

Add the Repository Key:
- copy the key from this public key server page
- paste it into a text file

- save and exit

- Go to Software Sources (System->Administration->Software Sources)
import the key
- Under the Authentication Tab select "+ Import Key File..."
- Navigate to where you have saved the PPA key. *This will leave you in the root area of your hard disk, if you saved the key in your Home folder you will have to navigate from your File System->Home->user folder

Update your Repositories
in a terminal type:
sudo apt-get update

Install Firefox 3.5
sudo apt-get install firefox-3.5 firefox-3.5-branding firefox-3.5-gnome-support xulrunner-1.9.1 xulrunner-1.9.1-gnome-support

It will install under it's development name Shiretoko, in Applications->Internet

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Kyle said...

Having a bit of trouble:

kyle@kyle-netbook:~$ firefox-3.5
Could not find compatible GRE between version 1.9.1 and 1.9.1.

Any ideas?

Michael Rose said...

I just installed 3.5 from the package manager. Looking good so far except...

My main beef is that my add-ons have not been migrated, so I have to add again manually, unless I can just copy from one profile folder to another?

My question for this forum however is about the speed enhancements (pipelining etc. I'm assuming these can all be reapplied and are still valid? Anyone got any data on this?

redDEAD said...

still valid, still work.