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November 11th, 2008, 11:16 AM
I have a friend who wanted to try out Ubuntu, but Firefox crashes frequently when he's browsing web sites like the New York Times and The Daily Telegraph. Flash is installed, and is likely to be the problem, but uninstalling it is not an option.

Is there a more stable browser available?

November 11th, 2008, 01:41 PM
There are other browsers available for Ubuntu - Epiphany, Opera and others. Try them to find if they meet his requirements. However, Firefox 3 and Flash is much improved over what it once was, at least for many users. What FF version is your friend using? Which Ubuntu version has he got installed?

November 11th, 2008, 05:09 PM
thats right.. ensure that he has firefox 3 runnning.. it drastically reduced the crashing.. especially when too many windows are open..

November 11th, 2008, 05:28 PM
get google chrome though its still a beta its almost as fast as firefox
or make sure your using the most updated firefox

November 12th, 2008, 03:28 PM
Thanks for the responses, guys. He's using Firefox 3 already, I think, since it's the default for Ubuntu 8.10. Konqueror and Opera don't seem to be much help either. Is there any reason Firefox should be crashing so much?

Does Chrome even work on Linux?

November 12th, 2008, 03:34 PM
I just checked and it looks like chrome is still windows only.

You could try safari or internet explorer.

Help Here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=880027)

November 12th, 2008, 03:38 PM
Is he using an add-on or extension? Most problems with Firefox are nothing to do with the base code but are problems with the extras. I would suggest that, if he using any add-ons, he disables them for a while and see if that makes a difference. I'm not aware of there being any particular problem with FF in 8.10 and nobody else is complaining - other than the usual problems which all seem unrelated to this or each other.

November 12th, 2008, 04:19 PM
Usually this problem is related with the flashplugin-nonfree. Uninstall it and install the adobe flash plugin, you can get the .deb of the last version from adobe's site.

November 18th, 2008, 03:55 PM
Thanks, guys, for the help. He has no addons enabled, and using Wine is a bit too convoluted. I didn't know there was a difference between the Ubuntu flashplayer and the Adobe flashplayer, I will suggest that.

Is the installation straightforward?

November 19th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Yeah, just download .deb, double click, click install and you're done.

November 19th, 2008, 06:15 PM
I don't know if this is too late but I found something interesting.

This (http://www.codeweavers.com/services/ports/chromium/) is CrossOver Chromium, which is basically the basis for Google’s Chrome browser.

I haven't tried it so I honestly can't say how good it is.

Hope you manage to get your browser troubles sorted :)

-Ash R

November 19th, 2008, 06:24 PM
Install flash block addon. Then you play the flash you want.

November 19th, 2008, 08:39 PM
You might wish to try Swiftweasel (a Linux optimized version of Firefox). Also on tombuntu.com there are posts for flash 10: http://tombuntu.com/index.php/2008/10/16/install-adobe-flash-player-10-in-ubuntu-804-and-810/ and also chrome installation on Linux.