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July 4th, 2008, 05:14 PM
As of right now I am still stuck on Firefox 2 because most of the extensions and themes that I like do not work with 3. When more addons get upgraded I'll switch to Firefox 3.

July 4th, 2008, 05:16 PM

July 4th, 2008, 05:18 PM
Firefox 3 is much better in memory usage and most addons and plugins work fine except themes (I ain't that bother) that is all I care about.

in return i get better performance and memory management which is what i want.

Ozor Mox
July 4th, 2008, 05:20 PM
I like Firefox 3 and have very few problems with it aside the occasional Flash-related crash. But then, I don't use many extensions at the moment...

July 4th, 2008, 05:33 PM
Just to emphasise - Update your Firefox 2.0(if you are running) through update manager or apt as there is a critical vulnerability updates available for 7.10,7.04 and 6.06



July 4th, 2008, 08:36 PM
Wow, I'm surprised at the results. I thought more people would like ff2 better.

Some of the addons that I would like to use but can't with ff3 are OpenDownload (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/207), Vista-aero (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4988), and I wish that FoxFilter (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/207) was available for linux.

July 4th, 2008, 08:40 PM
Firefox 3 isn't really an option for me at the moment as I was having hard lockups when viewing video (Mr Reset Button was getting worn out). I'm using Firefox

July 4th, 2008, 08:49 PM

July 4th, 2008, 08:53 PM
Since RC1 I prefer FF3, all the add-ons I need now work with FF3.

Pleasantly surprised how good it is since RC1, I did not like FF3 when it was a Beta release and even wrote a how-to to revert back to FF2.

July 4th, 2008, 09:05 PM
Firefox 3 walks all over Firefox 2 and other web browsers.

Here's a good fix to make more of your older favorite extensions work in FF3:

July 4th, 2008, 09:16 PM
I use it cause I think firefox 3 is not in the repos for pclinuxos 2007.

July 4th, 2008, 09:43 PM
I use it cause I think firefox 3 is not in the repos for pclinuxos 2007.

You can use this method to install on PClinux as FIREFOX3 is not in gutsy either and i have installed using the method in link

All you need to do is to cut and paste these commands in your terminal:

First, back up your bookmarks and settings:

cp -R ~/.mozilla ~/.mozilla.backup

Download Firefox from the [WWW] Firefox website, and change to the directory you downloaded it to.

(e.g., download it to desktop, the open a terminal and type:

cd /[your home directory name]/Desktop)

Install it to /opt/firefox (make sure the /opt directory exists first):

sudo tar -jxvf firefox-3.0.tar.bz2 -C /opt
rm firefox-3.0.tar.bz2


Link to your plugins and remove totem-mozilla as it doesn't seem to work with Firefox 1.5.x or 2.x:

sudo mv /opt/firefox/plugins /opt/firefox/plugins.bak
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/firefox/plugins /opt/firefox/plugins
sudo rm /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/libtotem_mozilla.*


To ensure it is used as the default version, modify the symbolic link in /usr/bin:

sudo dpkg-divert --divert /usr/bin/firefox.ubuntu --rename /usr/bin/firefox
sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox
sudo dpkg-divert --divert /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox.ubuntu --rename /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox
sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox

The dpkg-divert command will move the original system-wide /usr/bin/firefox to a new name. The ln command will place a symlink to the newly installed Firefox in /usr/bin.

Try it out:

firefox &


Running Firefox in terminal may cause errors to show but don't worry about that, it will still work once Firefox is restarted. The reason for these errors is because Firefox 3 is checking for updates, which is not abnormal activity. Also, running this command make take a some time to execute. Please be patient.

If you want to keep the original Ubuntu icon for Firefox, enter this command:

sudo cp /usr/share/pixmaps/firefox.xpm /opt/firefox/chrome/icons/default/default.xpm

Some users may find the icon with a different extension, they should use this command:


sudo cp /usr/share/pixmaps/firefox.png /opt/firefox/chrome/icons/default/default.xpm

July 4th, 2008, 09:45 PM
Firefox 3 walks all over Firefox 2 and other web browsers.

Here's a good fix to make more of your older favorite extensions work in FF3:
Thanks for the link Kingsley. That worked, but the themes looked kinda funky. I did some more searching around and found this:


I think I like this method better, as far as extensions go. But it looks like I'll just have to wait for themes to be updated.

July 4th, 2008, 10:14 PM
It's FF3 for me, I really like the integrating desktop themes as well as the "Awesome Bar".

I feel it's must faster too. A quality improvement on what was already a quality piece of software.

July 4th, 2008, 10:26 PM
FF3 is supposedly better, I don't know never had problems with either FF2, or FF3.

July 4th, 2008, 10:28 PM
I'm using Firefox 3 but think Firefox 2 was a bit better, at least in the fact that it didn't crash so much. Does that make me for Firefox 2 since I haven't tried it in this release so cannot be sure it is better or worse? I don't know.

July 4th, 2008, 10:35 PM
I love Firefox 3 because it looks better (the Ubuntu version, NOT windows or mac), is easier to customize, has better features, and is faster, but I definitely agree about the add-ons: that is the biggest problem, and one of the most important to some people, that FF3 has, in my opinion. I've never had a crash, error, or failiure of any kind in 2 or 3 (except for bugs in Piclens in Windows, which they fixed), as opposed to plenty in IE7.

July 4th, 2008, 10:55 PM
FF3: better integration with desktop environment, better features, faster performance.

July 4th, 2008, 10:59 PM
The 'awesome bar' is a really good idea. Now if I'm looking for something it's a lot faster to search through my bookmarks. I don't use tags though.

It's kinda nice that the interface integrates better to the OSX environment.

July 4th, 2008, 11:39 PM
why is this even a poll? firefox 3 stomps all over firefox 2 in every aspect

July 5th, 2008, 12:00 AM
Firefox 3, because I only use one or two extensions.

Mr. Picklesworth
July 5th, 2008, 12:09 AM
I have to admit, Firefox 3 converted me from Epiphany. That is quite a feat.
Granted, I'm still going back when WebKit gets into Epiphany in full; the reason I switched was because it kept hanging on me with XULRunner. (I still prefer having proper GTK widgets that scale correctly when I resize the various dialogs).

Firefox 3, however, is one amazing browser. I miss the Awesome Bar now every time I must use another browser.

July 5th, 2008, 12:18 AM
Firefox 3, which is working fine for me -- Flash too -- in Crux.

July 24th, 2008, 07:39 AM
I was really starting to like Firefox 3 because a lot of the extensions and themes have been update. But now I am having a really annoying right-click issue with it.