Finally there is a better way to update Firefox to 3.5 on Ubuntu. The jaunty repository has the packages for firefox 3.5 however the package is branded Shiretoko instead of Firefox 3.5, including the user agent string which can cause compatibly problems with some websites. Don’t know the reason why it has like that. Might be ubuntu is still testing the firefox for security and doing optimizaitons for ubuntu. Until they do it, we have to wait for automatic update of firefox through ubuntu repo.
However there is a better way to update Firefox to 3.5 on Ubuntu! Recently i came across this blog. It shows how to update firefox though Ubuntuzilla, a script that can install and update Mozilla applications outside of Ubuntu’s repository system.
Here is how to do it
- Visit the Ubuntuzilla download page to find the latest deb package appropriate for your system (32 or 64-bit). Download and install the package.
- At this point you should completely close Firefox.
- You’ll need to use a terminal to let Ubuntuzilla guide you through the installation. Run this command to start:
ubuntuzilla.py -a install -p firefox
- Near the end of the process you should see The new Firefox version 3.5 has been installed successfull
Ubuntuzilla will ask a few questions: confirming that it has found the correct version to install, choosing a localization (14 for en-US), confirming the localization, a sudo prompt, and a prompt for enabling automatic updating.
Now the normal firefox icon in the menu can be used to start the Firefox.