Ubuntuzilla Repository Makes Firefox 3.6 Installation in Ubuntu Even Simpler


We have already seen, how easy it is to install Firefox 3.6 in Ubuntu using Ubuntuzilla script. But, what if there is a better way to do it? With the introduction of Ubuntuzilla repository, it has become even easier installing latest Firefox updates in Ubuntu. No more command line burn outs, just use the Synaptic instead, if that is what you like. Lets get started.
Update : Firefox 3.6.3 released! 
  • Existing Ubuntuzilla users should remove Firefox you have installed using Ubuntuzilla, if any, to avoid conflicts. How to remove is described in the last portion of this post.
  • It is recommended that, you back up your Firefox user profile. It is located by default in /home/USERNAME/.mozilla directory.
  • Since Mozilla does not releases 64bit builds, following will only work for 32 bit users.
Add the GPG Key First of all
  • Just copy-paste the following command to Terminal. 
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com C1289A29
  • Done.
Now Add Repo for Ubuntuzilla
  • Now, you should choose your steps depending on the version of Ubuntu you use.
For Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04), Ubuntu Karmic (9.10) and Later
  • Copy-paste the following command into terminal to add the repo for Ubuntu Jaunty and later.
echo -e "\ndeb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/ubuntuzilla/mozilla/apt all main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list > /dev/null

For Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10), Ubuntu Hardy (8.04) and Earlier
  • You need to add the following Repo to your sources.list. Again, Copy-paste the command onto Terminal.
echo -e "\ndeb http://switch.dl.sourceforge.net/project/ubuntuzilla/mozilla/apt all main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list > /dev/null

Installing the Latest Firefox Build
  • Now, we have finished all the major steps. All you need is to get the latest Firefox build, Firefox 3.6 in this case, in your Ubuntu. 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox-mozilla-build
  • Alternatively, you could simply goto Synaptic and search for the package firefox-mozilla-build.
  • Thats it. Now, whenever a new version of Firefox comes out, all you ever need to do is a sudo apt-get upgrade. Sounds good, isn't it :-)
Links
http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/ubuntuzilla/
http://ubuntuzilla.com/
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