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    Question Lucid-Firefox 3.6x to FF 5-Use, config and security notes.

    Since it is obvious that in a few months we Lucid users will be forced into Firefox 5 or 6 or whatever it is then, I am asking those already migrated for assistance.

    I had tested FF4 a while back and found it tolerable, but with no benefit to me at the time. I was concerned with the "Services sync" addition as a potential security issue for poorly configured clients. But, since FF4 beta, what other issues have appeared that could impact users?

    IT people seem to be in a panic over this for their deployments, the "Rapid Release" issue, but since it's a fact, what needs to be done, changed, added or "about:config"d to False for maximum performance, security and stability?

    In otherwords, how to get any unessential dogs, ponies, bells and whistles disabled or removed, as would be required in a typical corporate environment - just as an Internet Browser, nothing more
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    Re: Lucid-Firefox 3.6x to FF 5-Use, config and security notes.

    I've converted to FF 5 and found no problems, with two exceptions.

    1. The BBC News website sometimes has funny red lines on side comments.
    2. Google no longer supports Google Toolbar on Firefox. (There is a workaround for FF 5, but this is not guaranteed to always work.)
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    Re: Lucid-Firefox 3.6x to FF 5-Use, config and security notes.

    Quote Originally Posted by emarkay View Post
    Since it is obvious that in a few months we Lucid users will be forced into Firefox 5 or 6 or whatever it is then, I am asking those already migrated for assistance.

    I had tested FF4 a while back and found it tolerable, but with no benefit to me at the time. I was concerned with the "Services sync" addition as a potential security issue for poorly configured clients. But, since FF4 beta, what other issues have appeared that could impact users?

    IT people seem to be in a panic over this for their deployments, the "Rapid Release" issue, but since it's a fact, what needs to be done, changed, added or "about:config"d to False for maximum performance, security and stability?

    In otherwords, how to get any unessential dogs, ponies, bells and whistles disabled or removed, as would be required in a typical corporate environment - just as an Internet Browser, nothing more
    There is nothing in terms of security that needs any different approach. Using NoScript is recommended as usual. Make sure to configure it to block flash as well or use Flashblock.

    In terms of performance, Firefox 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are a lot faster than 3.6. However, you can read some optimization techniques in my tutorials.

    The Sync feature is totally encrypted and disabled by default, so no need to worry about that.

    The reason why corporate folks are freaking out is because of add-on compatibility, since many corporate environments use their own add-ons. You can learn how to deal with add-on in the Firefox 4, 5 & Beyond Mega Thread

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    Re: Lucid-Firefox 3.6x to FF 5-Use, config and security notes.

    To get hold of the latest stable firefox, can u use this ppa.
    https://launchpad.net/~mozillateam/+...firefox-stable

    If you are using an old computer might it be worth trying Chromium, I noticed that it's significantly faster then FF5.

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    Re: Lucid-Firefox 3.6x to FF 5-Use, config and security notes.

    You can download the latest release of Firefox 3.6 and run it till the end of times. No one will ever bother forcing you to quit.
    ftp://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozil...efox/releases/

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    Re: Lucid-Firefox 3.6x to FF 5-Use, config and security notes.

    Not sure why anybody would be in love with FF 3.6 since it was unstable and slow in my experience both XP and Ubuntu. I use a few extensions, notably NoScript, AdBlock Plus. These are my about:config tweaks, which continue to work and seem to improve (no scientific validation) on the later FF versions:

    network.http.pipelining - false to true
    network.http.pipelining.maxrequests - 4 to 30
    network.http.pipelining.ssl false to true
    network.http.proxy.pipelining - false to true
    network.http.max-connections 30 to 96
    network.http.max-connections-per-server 15 to 32
    network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server 6 to 8
    [new boolean] config.trim_on_minimize true (lower memory when minimized)
    browser.sessionstore.interval from default 10000 ms (i.e. saves every 10 secs) to 500000
    browser.sessionhistory.max_entries from 50 to 5
    browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers Value: 0
    browser.urlbar.default.behavior from 0 to 49.
    browser.search.suggest.enabled - from true to False
    browser.sessionstore.max_tabs_undo from 10 to 3
    browser.sessionstore.max_windows_undo 3 to 1
    browser.cache.disk.capacity = 0 (runs FF in RAM only, best for Live USB)
    New to Linux. Currently dual boot Lubuntu 10.10 with W7 on Acer One netbook. Experimenting with Mint 15 XFCE on netbook and a Dell laptop with peripherals (Persistent 8GB Live USB.)

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