Installing Firefox 3.5 RC 2 in Ubuntu/Linux

Installing Firefox 3.5 RC 2 in Ubuntu/Linux


If you are using Ubuntu or any other modern Linux distribution, you are probably running Mozilla Firefox 3.something. While those versions are stable, they are getting a little outdated; why not upgrade? Shall We?

Getting Firefox

Before we can install our new version of Firefox, we need to get a copy. I always like to download the latest from the Mozilla FTP Server.

To save us a little bit of time I've taken the liberty to find the link to the latest version as of right now.

Here's the link to download it: ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/3.5rc2/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-3.5rc2.tar.bz2

Just download that, and we'll be ready to go.

Installing Firefox

We'll be installing Firefox in Ubuntu 9.04; if you happen to be running a different distro, don't worry to much, these steps are pretty general.

  1. Save the file to your desktop
  2. Open a terminal
  3. cd Desktop
  4. tar xfvj firefox-3.5rc2.tar.bz2
  5. sudo mv firefox /usr/lib/
  6. cd /usr/lib/
  7. ln -s /usr/lib/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

There ya' go! You can now run firefox from any terminal with the command firefox

Making The Menu Item(Optional)

This process installs Firefox, but it may leave an empty place in your menu. If you want to add it again, you can use alacarte by running the command alacarte. It's a pretty straight-forward process.

Conclusion

If all went well you'll be enjoying Firefox. I hope this tutorial was helpful to you, and feel free to comment/share it with people.

~ Mike

References

Here are a few links that were helpful in putting this tutorial together

License

This article is published under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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Mike is a C/C++ programmer that spends most of his time working on Linux systems and programming in Gtk+