This post will show you how to install the latest Firefox release on your Ubuntu desktop. Firefox has been cranking up its release schedule this past year. To keep up with the latest and greatest Firefox releases, this is what you need to do on your Ubuntu desktop.
The best way, and perhaps the easiest way, in terms of installing and updating software in Ubuntu, is to use PPA. It’s stands for Personal Package Archive. PPAs are collection of repositories that were not included in the original Ubuntu distribution.
When you add PPA repositories to our Ubuntu desktop, it allows you to update to the latest package releases, maintained by its owners. In our case, we will install the latest Firefox-stable PPA repository maintained by the Mozilla team.
To install the PPA, we simply run the following command from the Terminal. We do this only once.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
Once you have the PPA in your list of repositories, you just run the upgrade and update commands every time there’s a new release.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
The Mozilla team is usually pretty good with updates. It may take a day or two after the official Mozilla Firefox release, but nevertheless you will get the latest Firefox release update within reasonable time.
If you set Firefox for automatic updates, one way you can tell if Firefox has been updated is, it always require that you restart your browser. Firefox 10 was updated over the weekend to version 10.0.1 to fix a critical bug that can potentially be exploited by attackers. The bug also affects Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release), Thunderbird and SeaMonkey.
The security hole is within nsXBLDocumentInfo::ReadPrototypeBindings.
Mozilla developers Andrew McCreight and Olli Pettay found that ReadPrototypeBindings will leave a XBL binding in a hash table even when the function fails. If this occurs, when the cycle collector reads this hash table and attempts to do a virtual method on this binding a crash will occur. This crash may be potentially exploitable.
You can force Firefox to update or just wait until you’re prompted. Since it’s critical, it’s probably a good idea to force an update. You can usually find it on About > Apply Upgrade.
In addition, there’s an interesting article speaking of Firefox’s impending demise. Personally, I wouldn’t call Firefox dead. It’s just that Chrome and others are making it the browser war very competitive. It’s a good thing. A little competition between browsers is good for everyone.
Firefox has been cranking out updates faster than a speeding bullet. It seems like it was only last year, we were using Firefox 3.6, then 4, 5 and now Firefox 10. Give it a year or so, Firefox 20 will be out. So, what’s new with Firefox 10?
There’s a new forward button that doesn’t show up until you actually need it, a full screen API that allow you to build a web application that runs on full screen, an anti-aliasing for WebGL is now implemented, and CSS3 3D-Transforms are now supported.
These are just a few of the latest features of the famous Mozilla browser. You can check out the release notes yourself. Better yet, download the new Firefox 10 browser, and try it out yourself.
Firefox 7 was just released. Update your browser or download the latest from Mozilla.
- Drastically improved memory handling for certain use cases
- Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
- Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
- The ‘http://’ URL prefix is now hidden by default
- Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
- Added support for the Web Timing specification
- Enhanced support for MathML
- The WebSocket protocol has been updated from version 7 to version 8
- Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox
- Fixed several stability issues
- Fixed several security issues
Mozilla is cranking out new versions of Firefox like its coming out of a copy machine. It seems like it every two weeks, a new version of Firefox comes out. Speaking of the devil, Firefox 6 is now out.
You won’t see anything different because there are no UI changes, but it will be 20% faster. So they say. Firefox 6 is available on PC, Mac and Linux. As of this writing, Mozilla’s website still displays Firefox 5. You may have to wait a couple of hours until the official announcement.
If you’re an Ubuntu user, just follow the instructions I wrote here for Firefox 5. This will work with future versions as well. By the way, I just tried. It’s not quite there yet. Just wait a couple of hours until the ppa repository is updated.
Three months ago, Mozilla released Firefox 4. Today, Mozilla released Firefox 5, touted as the fastest Firefox ever. The quick release of Firefox is a direct result of the stiff competition from other browsers, namely Google Chrome and Internet Explorer to gain market share. Here’s an excerpt of the Firefox 5 release from Datamation.com.
Firefox 5 includes new performance, standards and privacy improvements as well as improving the overall stability of the browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android users.
“Firefox 5 is the fastest Firefox ever, and also the fastest ever to market,” Johnathan Nightingale, Director of Firefox at Mozilla told InternetNews.com. “Our new rapid release cycle means that the improvements get into users hands more quickly. The latest version of Firefox includes more than 1,000 improvements and performance enhancements that make it easier to discover and use all of the innovative features in Firefox. ”
Among the changes is improved visibility for Mozilla’s Do Not Track implementation. With Firefox 5, users can now use an interface item to select whether or not they want websites to track them. Firefox has been supporting a Do Not Track implementation since the Firefox 4 release, though with Firefox 5 it is now user visible. Firefox’s Do Not Track is a simple binary expression — when enabled, it sends an HTTP header that says, DNT=1, which means: “do not track me.”
Download Firefox 5.
Several weeks ago, I declared switching to Chrome on my PC and Linux desktops due to one thing, the speed of the Chrome browser was unmatched. Yesterday, I read an article stating that Chrome outgrew Firefox, IE and any other browser in the market, jumping 9% from usage in just last month.
If that’s not an indication that Firefox is losing its grip, wait until you read today’s article about Chrome, now being the number one browser used by Digg users who visit the site. When techies no longer use Firefox, it’s all the more reason to believe that Chrome has won the hearts of techies.
But wait, don’t abandon Firefox just yet. Mozilla will soon release Firefox 4 sometime in 2011. Will Firefox regain its luster?
I heard RockMelt mentioned twice in two days. What’s RockMelt? RockMelt is a brand-new browser that’s designed around you and how you use the web. Curious? Yes, me too. Well, wait no more. You can sign up and get an early invitation.
From RockMelt’s blog …
RockMelt does more than just navigate Web pages. It makes it easy for you to do the things you do every single day on the Web: share and keep up with your friends, stay up-to-date on news and information, and search. And of course, RockMelt is fast, secure, and stable because it’s built on Chromium, the open source project behind Google’s Chrome browser. It’s your browser – re-imagined and built for how you use the Web.
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Finally, here’s a couple of videos to whet your appetite.
This past week, the Google Chrome browser was updated to version 6. If you haven’t updated, just go to About Google Chrome and click on the Update button.
One thing that is very noticeable with Google Chrome 6 is speed. I mean lots of it. It’s an amazingly fast browser. Coming from Firefox you’ll feel like you’ve gone to warp speed.
The minimalist design of the browser is a vast improvement over previous versions. The access menu is just a single wrench that pretty much does everything. That’s the idea behind the concept of having one menu. Simplicity.
Even if you don’t like Google Chrome for whatever reason, Google Chrome version 6 will offer you something that another browser can’t deliver. Speed. Now, who doesn’t want a fast browser.
Mozilla promises to have a “super-duper fast” browser when Firefox 4 surfaces sometime in October 2010. Mozilla Firefox faces tough competition from the lightning-speed Google Chrome, who have been outpacing all competition in terms of browser market share.
To reverse the market slide, Mozilla Firefox 4 will need to match Chrome’s speed and offer a few more enhancements. Support for HTML5, 64-bit computing, a sleeker and a simpler interface will certainly help. Mozilla will also add dedicated application tabs and the ability to install add-ons without restarting the browser.
Beta releases of Firefox 4 will be available sometime next month. An October release is still five months away and Mozilla does not guarantee it will meet the release date. Firefox 4 release date can possibly slip by a month or two.
In the meantime, Google Chrome will continue eat away the browser market share. Experts are saying Firefox 4 is market-neutral meaning it will probably not have any lasting impact to the market share when released.