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Old 08-06-2009, 10:46 AM   #1
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9.04, 64-bit: Need some Firefox and plugins help. This could be a sticky...


I have pretty much settled on Ubuntu as my distro of choice. However, there is one thing that always bugs me and that is the fact that they are pretty slow to update Firefox. Always. I am running Jaunty and in order to get 3.5 installed I had to either add PPA repositories or "ubuntuzilla". It has always been this way since 7.04. And doing either one always brings up the same issues detailed below.

The problems with updating to a newer Firefox with ubuntu are:

1. Repo / PPA method: the original installation remains. For example I had 3.5 (Shiretoko) and 3.0.x both installed. If you uninstall the older version first, the newer version installs it again along with itself. So, still two versions. Furthermore, new browser version will not see your installed plugins like Flash or Java. So, one old competent installation and a new lame one are installed.

2. Ubuntuzilla method: ubuntuzilla is a different animal. It did update the installed version to 3.5.2 and there was only one FF installed instead of Shiretoko and FF as is done through the repositories. However, again, the plugins such as Flash, Mplayer do not work and I have not been successful at getting them to work no matter how I try. At least this way there is only one Firefox installed, which is a step in the right direction, I suppose.

* This is where your genius can earn you adoring women and should get a sticky ? :
-Can you make a fairly easy tutorial or even script that will allow ubuntu users to have a current version of FF installed -and only one FF installation - that will see the previously installed plugins ? Or, then at least help the plugins to work... because right now, I have 3.5.2 installed and NO PLUGINS work with it. I probably have a mess on my hands I have installed, reinstalled and again so many times, including ubuntuzilla, I wonder if I can end up with a current properly plugin'd FF now.

Old 08-07-2009, 04:01 AM   #2
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To get the plugins working on whatever new firefox / shiretoko you may have installed, just open a terminal and cd into it's plugins directory and make the appropriate symlinks:
ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/* .
(Note, there is a space, then a period ".", at the end of that command). You will need to use sudo if it is in a directory that you do not have write permission for.
The path to FF3.5.2 or Shiretoko is likely /usr/lib/shiretoko or /usr/lib/firefox-3.5.2, or something like that. So you would need to use sudo for those directories.

To get FF 3.5 working on my system, I just downloaded the FF 3.5.2 installer to my home directory, untarred it, then I cd'ed into the plugins directory and ran the symlink command above. Then from the ~/firefox directory you just run:
./firefox &
to launch firefox 3.5. This does not remove the FF that Ubuntu 9.04 is currently using.
When I tried that Shiretoko 3.5, all my plugins worked as expected. I don't know why yours did not.

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