Firefox 3 beta 5

Firefox 3 beta 5 is out and as always it’s incredibly easy to install it in ubuntu.

1. Backup

It’s advised to back up your .mozilla/firefox folder located in your home directory so you can restore it if needed.

Press “ctrl + h” to view your hidden files.

2. Install

Open a terminal (applications -> accessories) and enter this code.

wget -P ~ ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/3.0b5/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-3.0b5.tar.bz2 && tar xjf ~/firefox-3.0b5.tar.bz2 -C ~

3. Adding to menu

Go to “system -> preferences -> main menu”.

Left click the word “Internet” in the left colum.

Then press “new item” in the right colum of the window.

Enter this:

– Firefox 3 beta 5
– /home/yourusernamehere/firefox/firefox
– Web browser

screenshot-launcher-properties.png

4. Delete the firefox-3.0b5.tar.bz2 in your home folder.

5. Restore plugins

Copy the plugins from /usr/lib/firefox/plugins to /home/username/firefox/plugins to get your plugins to work in firefox 3 beta 5.

It might be a good idea to not run firefox 2 at the same time as running ff 3 b5.

If that shouldn’t work you can always install it this way (change 3 to 5).

  1. Thank you. Just trying it now😀

    • GFree
    • April 3rd, 2008

    “Firefox 3 beta 5 is out and as always it’s incredibly easy to install it in ubuntu.”

    With all due respect, I use Ubuntu myself and even I can tell that this is hardly what you’d consider “incredibly easy”. Windows is incredibly easy – just download the .exe, double click, click next a few times and you’re done. This, the command line stuff and extra steps, is not easy to most people.

    Now of course, using proper repos that get updates properly, Firefox would naturally become upgraded anyway, but then again, in Windows firefox will be able to download the update and install it automatically. So the advantage is lost.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is… don’t state something as being easy when it’s not. Otherwise new folk will feel that the Linux community is detached from reality (and sometimes are).

  2. It is very easy; just copy and paste that command, and you got Firefox 3 beta running! The other two is just something extra, like make a backup for the old Firefox and make a shortcut to the new beta🙂

    Only one thing: Remember to shut down Firefox (2), before making backup of the .mozilla folder. You can’t do it, while the browser is running.

  3. Like your blog!

    Keep it up and ..of course:
    don’t let your Windows tell you what to do,
    ask your Linux what it can do for you.

  4. installing firefox 3 beta 5 in leopard was a breeze for me too. get the dmg, double click it, drag the firefox icon over to the applications icon voila!

    • linuxowns
    • April 4th, 2008

    “With all due respect, I use Ubuntu myself and even I can tell that this is hardly what you’d consider “incredibly easy”. Windows is incredibly easy – just download the .exe, double click, click next a few times and you’re done. This, the command line stuff and extra steps, is not easy to most people.”

    What can be easier than copy/pasting 1 command?

    If you use hardy, it will even be updated automatically.

    With all due respect, I don’t think “most people” will run beta software.

  5. Am I the only one who is having Adblock issues (read: ABP not working at all) under FF3?

    • linuxowns
    • April 4th, 2008

    Adblock doesn’t work under beta 5 yet.

    It did under beta 4 and 3.

    I’m sure the devs will make it compatible with beta 5 soon.

    Or you could try this:
    https://linuxowns.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/blocking-websites/

    • Arnel
    • April 6th, 2008

    No matter what you do… Linux is Linux, it has its own way (and it can be unnecessarily complicated)… Firefox 3 is a breeze in Windows and OS X, and needs a bit more user effort in Linux.

    And omg Firefox 3 on Linux looks ugly compared to the same version on either Windows or OS X. It’s not completely Mozilla’s fault, if you know what I mean.

    • linuxowns
    • April 6th, 2008

    Firefox doesn’t look ugly on linux.

    I guess you are referring to the “ugly” standard gtk theme of ubuntu.

    Not a lot of people use that.

    Take a look at the screenshots version of this website.

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