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Firefox 3.6 in Ubuntu 9.10

Everytime there’s a new version of Firefox, I’m very eager to test it right away, but always mess up my system when installing it from PPAs. So for a safer way to test or even use the newer Firefox version that is not currently available in your Ubuntu repos. Here’s my guide.

1. Download the new version of firefox at http://www.getfirefox.com

2. Currently, if the folder called bin does not exist in your home folder, this is the right time to make one.

$> mkdir ~/bin

3.  Extract the downloaded Firefox package in that folder (/home/$USER/bin)

4. Rename the extracted folder from firefox to firefox-3.6.

$> cd ~/bin
$> mv firefox firefox-3.6

5. Then create a symlink.

$> ln -s /home/$USER/bin/firefox-3.6 /home/$USER/bin/firefox

6. You might need to restart the system or you can just invoke the command:

$> export PATH=/home/$USER/bin:$PATH

7. Currently, there’s this java-plugin bug in Karmic, which I found this solution to fix it. First, check if the sun-java6-plugin is currently installed. If not install it by this command:

$> sudo apt-get install sun-java6-plugin

8. Then create the missing link to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

$> sudo update-alternatives --install  /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libjavaplugin.so mozilla-javaplugin.so  /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/lib/i386/libnpjp2.so 50

9. Restart your browser and check it via typing about:plugins in the address bar.

10. Done.

4 responses to “Firefox 3.6 in Ubuntu 9.10

  1. A.Y. Siu January 28, 2010 at 7:19 am

    How about just using the UbuntuZilla repositories?

  2. hardc0l2e January 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    The problem I’ve encountered using those repos it that it modifies most of the current settings of the default installed firefox and it’s needed packages. Also encountered problem with plugins that works fine previously. But with this setup firefox works just fine. Also note that the steps are far easier.

  3. hardc0l2e January 29, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Found out the moonlight plugin is not working on firefox 3.6. Other than that, everything works fine for me.

  4. صفر واحد March 13, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    FireFox browser is better
    Thank you

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