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REAL Firefox on Debian

Posted 06-29-2010 at 07:11 PM by craigevil
Updated 07-03-2010 at 06:35 AM by craigevil

This is all I do to use Firefox rather than Iceweasel.
1) download Firefox
2) extract to my /home/Downloads
3) symlink plugins by doing:
Code:
ln -s /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins /home/craig/Downloads/firefox/plugins
4) open iceweasel with iceweasel -profilemanager and create a profile for Firefox
5) copy my iceweasel profile to the new firefox profile
6) create a text file called Firefox.desktop

my Firefox.desktop:

[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Version=1.0
Type=Application
Terminal=false
Name[en_US]=Firefox
Exec=/home/craig/Downloads/firefox/firefox %u
Icon=/home/craig/Downloads/firefox/icons/mozicon128.png
StartupNotify=true
Categories=Network;WebBrowser;
MimeType=text/html;text/xml;application/xhtml+xml;application/xml;application/vnd.mozilla.xul+xml;application/rss+xml;application/rdf+xml;image/gif;image/jpeg;image/png;

copied my Firefox.desktop to /usr/share/applications so it would appear in my LXDE menu and so I could put it on my lxde Applicatrions bar.

Make sure you edit the Exec= and the Icon= lines so they point to the proper place on your system.

You can also do it a different way:
"firefox" is :: give up? I did, dump Iceweasel and set your system up with Firefox. Directions for doing a permanent changeover:
http://techpatterns.com/forums/about1435.html

You can also use the Mepis repo, which is nice especially if you want 64bit Firefox.
http://main.mepis-deb.org/mepiscr/repo/pool/main/f/firefox3/firefox3_3.6.6-0mlrepo1_i386.deb
http://main.mepis-deb.org/mepiscr/repo/pool/main/f/firefox3/firefox3_3.6.6-0mlrepo1_amd64.deb
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    Isn't debian's own iceweasel preferable to "real" firefox? The whole name change issue does not revolve around not being legal to use the firefox brand if there are unofficial modifications, even if they're security patches?

    I don't know if the same happens with Debian, but at least with Fedora (if I recall), Fedora's "firefox" was a tiny bit better on some benchmarks (google's v8) than mozilla's. But the most shocking was that mozilla's windows' firefox outperformed both of linux' firefoxes when running under wine.

    http://tuxradar.com/content/browser-...-linux-firefox

    These v8 benchmarks, however, don't correlate too much with any "feel" of speed, perhaps not even actual speed, as measured by a stopwatch site like numion's.

    But firefox' golden days seems to have passed, anyway. These days I use either chromium or chrome the most, switching to firefox only when I need some extension that chrome does not have. I have the impression that firefox is considerably less unbearable with the liquorix kernel, though. Or perhaps with any 2.6.34, which is the one I have on Arch, and it seems to be not so bad here as well.
    Posted 08-12-2010 at 07:20 PM by the dsc the dsc is offline
    Updated 08-12-2010 at 07:22 PM by the dsc
 

  



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