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    How do I revert back to an earlier Firefox

    I did an update on FF v12.04 on my Powerbook G4 and found the newer v30 is terrible. It's slow and doesn't show bookmarks. Version 11 was much better. How do I revert back?

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    Re: How do I revert back to an earlier Firefox

    1) Remove the current version of Firefox (WARNING: Older browser versions maybe vulerable!)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove firefox
    2) Look in /var/cache/archives/apt for the exact filename you want to install.
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --install /var/cache/apt/archives/<exact filename>
    3) Pin the older version so your system doesn't promptly upgrade you to the version you don't want.
    See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PinningHowto for an excellent step-by-step.

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    Re: How do I revert back to an earlier Firefox

    Thanks, I've been giving that Midori browser a try since FF 30 was unusable. It's actually pretty good except you can't create bookmark folders for same subject sites which makes for kind of a jumble. Also no way to alphabetize bookmarks.

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    Re: How do I revert back to an earlier Firefox

    I can't say I've experienced this. Maybe Firefox can be a little slow if you load an old session? Other than that, FF30 is fine with me.

    Have you tried this http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2205423 ?

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    Re: How do I revert back to an earlier Firefox

    When I look in the archive file all I see is the following:


    firefox_30.0+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.3_powerpc.deb
    firefox-locale-en_30.0+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.3_powerpc.deb

    There doesn't seem to be a .deb for the original v.11 that came with the fresh install. What would I do now?

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    Re: How do I revert back to an earlier Firefox

    Quote Originally Posted by jacatone View Post
    When I look in the archive file all I see is the following:


    firefox_30.0+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.3_powerpc.deb
    firefox-locale-en_30.0+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.3_powerpc.deb

    There doesn't seem to be a .deb for the original v.11 that came with the fresh install. What would I do now?
    FF 11 .deb file (Mar 2012) for your computer is probably this:

    http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubunt....2_powerpc.deb

    Realize that plug-ins and extensions may no longer be available, and this version is now considered insecure.

    Good Luck.

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    Re: How do I revert back to an earlier Firefox

    For some reason I couldn't find this thread earlier. I tried to ask a similar question (how to revert back to FF 24esr but received little help.) Thank you. I found a different work around for this.

    You can download Firefox-24.8.0esr from here. http://www.softexia.com/internet-too...ng/firefox-24/ Support for this version should last until October 2014 per documentation.

    To uninstall Firefox 31 go to software center, type in "firefox" then click on remove when it appears in the list.

    You can also try purging all old files using instructions here. I was only successful in doing this once.
    http://baheyeldin.com/technology/how...04-64-bit.html

    --To install files--

    After extracting files,

    If using Ubuntu 12.04, Use nautilus to move files to the firefox folder in the Home/etc or System/usr/lib folder where it should be found.
    Terminal:
    gksu nautilus
    http://forums.techarena.in/operating...ms/1428799.htm

    Next create launcher in Unity bar.

    Follow instructions here:
    http://www.howopensource.com/2012/10...-ubuntu-12-10/

    sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

    "After filling all the required fields, set icon for the application launcher. Just click on the small box on the top left side near name field and chose a image for it." Image should be found in the firefox/browser/icon folder.

    To add the Launcher to Unity Launcher

    "Go to the Dash (Ubuntu Icon on the top left of unity launcher) and type the Application name. From the dash result drag your application and drop it in Unity. Right click icon and click 'lock to launcher'"

    [EDIT] You can also try downloading the fresh copy of Firefox 31 from Software center (or leave it if it is already there) and use Nautilus to overwrite the files in the File System/usr/lib folder using the extracted files from the downloaded tarball "firefox-24.8.0esr.tar.bz2"
    Last edited by OffelNice; September 6th, 2014 at 09:03 AM. Reason: added information

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    Re: How do I revert back to an earlier Firefox

    Use the instructions above with extreme caution.

    You risk both damage to your OS and security vulnerability.

    Please see this.

    Also of note: The OP is about PPC and the packages are different.

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    Re: How do I revert back to an earlier Firefox

    We should also note, the gksu isn't installed by default in 14.04.

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    Re: How do I revert back to an earlier Firefox

    No caution is necessary. Firefox 24.7.0 esr is an extended support release and security updates continue to update it. It is fine for those of us dabbling with Ubuntu and testing it out to see if we would like to keep it. I just wanted to add, you'll find the firefox folder and files to overwrite in nautilus in File System/usr/lib
    Last edited by OffelNice; September 6th, 2014 at 08:44 AM. Reason: corrected a mis-type

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