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Firefox 7 released! and available for download

Firefox version 7.0 final/stable has released! …and available for download (of course, for all commonly used operating systems such as Mac OS X, Windows 7or Linux based OS – Ubuntu, OpenSuse, Fedora etc, ). Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular web browser. it’s open source and available free of cost, for all.

What’s new in Firefox 7.0 ?

Due to frequent released cycle – sometimes it’s difficult to get surprise (Google Chrome also uses rapid release cycle) ..but the purpose is to provide the latest – cutting edge feature/experience while browsing web. some of the new features implemented in Firefox 7 includes –

  • improvements in Canvas elements
  • drastic improvements in memory handling in certain cases
  • websocket protocol has been updated (to version 8 )
  • instant bookmark sync
  • hidden HTTP:// in URL (just like Google Chrome)
  • new CSS 3 animation effects (e.g text overflow is supported now)
  • webGL related new features (e.g support of cross domain texture)
  • a lot of bug fixes related to security and stability

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Download Firefox 7.0 for Linux/Windows/Mac

GNU/Linux (such as Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04.. Debian, Linux Mint etc) users can download tar.bz2 file .

other users can download it from the official website.

Install Firefox 7 on Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04

Fire up a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and extract the file to any desired location (lets say ‘Downloads’) and install it by running the command –

tar -xf file_name.bz2
cd firefox
sudo ./firefox

That’s all … Have Fun! :)

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Firefox 6 for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Mozilla Firefox version 6.0 stable has finally arrived. It’s available for Mac , Windows and Linux based distribution such as Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or 10.10/10.04, Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian, OpenSuse etc. Firefox 6 has a some new and exciting features, e.g progress bar element of HTML 5.0, which has been already supported by Google Chrome, is now added in Firefox 6.0. So it’s a good news for web developers because they can use ‘progress’ element more effectively.

If you aren’t familiar with the rapid release cycle of the Firefox web browser or other open source projects such as Google Chrome, then you might be surprised and probably worried about the “stability and the pain of ‘version-dependencies problems’ such as plugin compatibility, usability, productivity etc”. Relax, there are some advantage too in the RAD (Rapid Application Development) approach, specifically if you are a tech savvy user; always hungry for exciting and cutting edge features, feel good in trying new things (in other words if you love experiment). These days, ‘frequent version release’ is a common attribute in some popular open source projects e.g Ubuntu and many other Linux based distributions such as Linux Mint, Fedora etc, Firefox, Google Chrome…

How to Install Firefox 6 on Ubuntu 11.04/11.04/10.04.. or other Linux based OS

#1 Download the Firefox 6 package (firefox-6.0.tar.bz2), close all the Firefox windows/tabs.

#2 Next, extract the file and execute the script (either by right click extract here followed by dragging the ‘firefox’ script from the extracted directory to the terminal or through the command).

tar -xf firefox-6.0.tar.bz2
cd firefox
./firefox

#3 That’s All. Have Fun with Firefox 6.0.

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New features in Firefox 6.0

progress-element-in-firefox 6Firefox 6 has some new and exciting features, along with a lot of bug fixes, improved speed and stability. The performance of Firefox has not been admirable (probably due to frequent crashes and slower browsing experience) on Linux platforms such as Ubuntu 11.04 or 10.10 or other ‘older versions’ or distros such as Linux Mint, Open Suse. In fact Firefox has continuously loosing its usage share on Ubuntu. One of the most exciting feature is ‘support for the HTML 5.0 – progress element’, which can be used to indicate the progress of a task. Other features includes ‘lower launch time’, improved performance on Linux/Ubuntu etc.

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Firefox 7 a2 for Ubuntu

Mozilla Firefox version 7.0 a2 is available for testing and fun! (through Aurora Channel), for all common operating system such as Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X; final version (Gecko 7.0) will be released on Oct 2011. If you are looking for an stable version of Firefox i.e 5.0 for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 LTS , then its OK for production environment but if you want to do some experiment and can’t stop yourself from trying something new, exciting and cutting edge features, then give it a try.

Probably your already know that – Firefox has been releasing its new version very rapidly which has both positive as well as some negative effect on its usage share. Anyway, the current share of Firefox is around 37% in the browser market. Firefox has huge number of plugins available free to use, which makes firefox the most popular among web developers.

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New features & Improvements in Firefox 7

Firefox 7 has planned for lot of new features such as in Canvas element, CSS3 animation effects (e.g text overflow is supported, -moz-orient problem is fixed), WebGL related feature such as cross domain texture support, removal/addition of elements in HTML as well as DOM (Document Object Model), Navigation Timing etc.

Installing Firefox 7 on Ubuntu (11.04/11.10/10.10/10.04..)

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To install Firefox 7 on Linux based operating system such as Ubuntu, follow this simple steps :

Warning! : Since it’s an alpha version, it may crash your existing firefox installation or you may experience other difficulties. It is supposed to be an experiment (Testing), the statistics/report generated by you may will help developers(specifically in bug fixing), so consider sharing your experience through comments.

step 1 : Download firefox 7 (or click here for direct file download)

step 2 : Extract the archived file. (open terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type the following commands )

cd Downloads
tar -xf firefox-7.0a2.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

step 3 : Now, close all your existing firefox windows and move on to the extracted folder and execute firefox.

cd firefox
sudo ./firefox

(Alternative way : Drag the script and drop it to the terminal; hit Enter)

step 4 : That’s All.. The Firefox vs 7.0 a2 will start within a minute, after checking the compatibility with plugins etc.

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Firefox 5 for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Mozilla Firefox (One of the most popular open source web browser) has just (yesterday!) released its next stable version – Firefox 5 with some new features and improvements. The version 5.0 is available for Linux, Mac , Windows and Android operating system. Now, Firefox has very high release frequency, probably due to the fact that – they want to deliver all the innovative features quickly to the users, new version has arrived with a of performance tweaks and enhancements.

If you are using Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), you got version 4.0 installed by default; now it’s time to either update it or install a fresh version of Firefox 5, on the other hand if you are using older version of Ubuntu (The most appropriate reason would be the ‘critical bugs of Ubuntu 11.04’) such as Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) then also the procedure would be same.

The major feature which is included in this release is “Do Not Track on Multiple platform feature” which provides more control to users about how their data or behavior  is used or tacked on the web.

Upgrading Firefox to Latest version in Ubuntu

If you have installed Firefox from PPA or Synaptic Package Manager, then it will be updated along with the system update. Move to System -> Administration -> Update Manager and click on Check to update the cache (About the current Packages). If you are using the Firefox version installed by default (it’s most likely the case if you are using Ubuntu 11.04, but within few days it must be available under official repository of Ubuntu 11.04) then the latest version may not show up in the update manager, then first add this PPA (Personal Package Archive) address to Synaptic Package Manager ->Settings -> Repositories.

ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa

Now, search for Firefox 5 for in Synaptic Package Manager, right click and select Upgrade option. it will hardly take a couple of minutes.

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Alternative way of installing Firefox on Ubuntu

Run the following commands ( then update your browser using Update Manage Manager if you don’t want to update other packages, in this case execute only first 2 commands at terminal).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Download Firefox 5 for Ubuntu

Download the Firefox tar.bz2 file from its official website, and execute -run-mozilla.sh file, after extraction (tar -xf mozilla-5.tar.bz2).

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how to move Firefox 4 – home button back to left in Ubuntu

In Ubuntu 10.10/10.04(or may be in 11.04) , the Firefox 4 has placed the home button in upper right corner, but most of us have the habit of clicking Home Button from upper left corner. So the default position of Home button in Firefox 4.0 is creating some sort of problems/difficulties in our browsing experience. That’s why this post will show you how to restore the the position of home button to top left corner, below the address bar.

Firefox 4.0 is simply great! I enjoy browsing a lot with Firefox, after its new release. On Ubuntu or any other Linux distros like Linux Mint 10(or LMDE),Fedora(14/13) the Firefox looks little different(actually bad as compared to the look/layout of Firefox on windows 7). By the way, it is far better than Firefox 3.x(it has a bad record on Linux Distros).

Move Home Button To Left

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#1 : Right click on the home button and select customize,a new window will appear with a lot of buttons(see the 2th snapshot). Now select any buttons you want to move/add/remove.

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#2 : Now,the navigation bar buttons becomes adjustable i.e you can drag and drop buttons along the bar. IF you want to add any button then just drag and drop it to the desired location. Drag the Home button from right corner, and drop it to left upper corner. Finally click on ‘Done’ button in the customize toolbar window to save the changes. That’s all..the home button on the left navigation bar(below the tab) will look something like this –

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