Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Install Firefox 3.5 in Ubuntu with Ubuntuzilla

Mozilla released Firefox 3.5 a few weeks back and unfortunately, the latest version is still not in the Ubuntu repositories. There is a prerelease beta available while the latest version as of this writing is 3.5.2. Luckily, however, there exists Ubuntuzilla, a program written in Python that will download, install, and update three of Mozilla's most popular programs: Firefox, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey.

To install Ubuntuzilla, run this command:
$ wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/ubuntuzilla/files/latest
This will download a .deb installer package. Now to install it:
$ sudo dpkg -i ubuntuzilla-*.deb
To install Firefox 3.5, just run Ubuntuzilla by itself and without any options:
$ ubuntuzilla.py
Now just follow the instructions on the screen (they're really straightforward) and when you finish you will have the latest stable version of Firefox installed.

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