Firefox is back!

A lot has happened since Firefox 3 launched and other browsers were catching up to the all powerfull open source browser, but it’s back.

Firefox 3.1 beta 2 is out and boy it’s fast.

It comes with the new Tracemonkey javascript engine and  Gecko 1.9.1.

Tab switching is faster and it has  “private browsing”, read more about the new features here.

Download the beta here.

If you need help installing, keep reading.

Download the file to you /home folder. Don’t put it on your desktop.

Right-click the file to extract it.

Once installed, simply double-click the file called “firefox” and it will open.

If you want to add this to you Application menu, go to system -> preferences -> main menu.

In the Internet section, press “Add” on the right side of the tool.

As command enter the path to the file:


It would be wise to call it firefox 3.1 or something, so you won’t confuse it with firefox 3.0.5 already installed on your system.

  1. Will it be automatically updated in Ubuntu 8.10 when the final version of 3.1 is out? 🙂

    • linuxowns
    • December 28th, 2008

    Normally no.

    To be sure I asked in the irc channel and they confirmed that.

    Applications only get security updates in Ubuntu.

    • Satya
    • December 28th, 2008

    Thanks for the instructions.
    Is there any way to make fonts look better in Intrepid.

  2. Then I’ll have to wait to 9.04 is released or upgrading Firefox manually?

    • Bill Goldberg
    • December 29th, 2008
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