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Thread: How to update firefox

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Question How to update firefox

    I have downloaded firefox 3.5.5.tar.bz2 from Mozilla site.
    How should i update my installed firefox using that achieve?

    Sagar Siddhapura

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    London, UK
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: How to update firefox

    Well that is why it is not recommended just use the tar balls from websites.

    If you want your apps to be updated you need to make sure they are pulled from repos not from indivdual websites. For firefox 3.5 if you are using Karmic(9.10) it is already there. But if you using 9.04 then you need to add via ppa or ubuntuzilla Check this link -
    Last edited by ukripper; November 23rd, 2009 at 06:36 PM.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

    Re: How to update firefox

    There are two ways to handle this. As stated in the previous post, if you are not running 9.10, then you need to follow the links provided on how to add the Repo's for firefox.

    The other way, is to continue what you are doing. The only downside is that when another update comes along, you have to download and update again; just as you did this time. If that is not a problem, then go for it. Anywho; unzip the file and it will create a firefox directory (/firefox) and it may be followed by the version number (/firefox-3.5) It is best to put programs that you install manually into the /opt directory; as this directory is not touched during Ubuntu (or linux for that matter) updates. To do that just sudo mv <directory> /opt/ This will move firefox to that directory.

    As for plugins, bookmarks, etc. That will all be there for you. Because Linux uses a unified directory structure (meaning all versions or distros that are Debian have the same directories), the new install will be able to locate the directory that the plugins, etc are stored in.

    no problems. I find on Firefox and OpenOffice that I like to do the manual install, because it affords me a little more control over when to do the update or when not too.

    Hope this helps.

    Good luck.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: How to update firefox

    If you absolutely feel the need to use tarballs instead of the built-in update manager, this is the easiest way to do it:

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