How to install firefox 7 on ubuntu using PPA

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Firefox (formerly known as Phoenix and Firebird) is a redesign of the Mozilla browser component. It is similar to Galeon, K-Meleon, and Chimera, but it is written using the XUL user interface language and was designed to be cross-platform.

What is new on firefox 7

Drastically improved memory handling for certain use cases
Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
The ‘http://’ URL prefix is now hidden by default
Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
Added support for the Web Timing specification
Enhanced support for MathML
The WebSocket protocol has been updated from version 7 to version 8
Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox
Fixed several stability issues
Fixed several security issues

Install firefox 7 on ubuntu

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install firefox language-pack-en language-pack-en-base

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6 Responses

  1. It was possible from the ppa a while ago, it just didn’t have Natty support.

  2. Bradley says:

    This worked great! Thank you! My Ubuntu 10.04 laptop was stuck on Firefox 3! This is exactly what I was looking for.

  3. cYbercOsmOnauT says:

    Guys.. since Firefox 6 you don’t need any PPA to install it. Mozilla provides 32Bit and 64Bit versions directly on their website.

    All you need is to download.. unpack.. and start firefox

    You are way faster with the updates than the PPA and you can also use the Delta Update Function at Help – About Firefox

  4. Bradley says:

    That’s all well and good, but traversing through that release directory, only to find tar.bz2 files is intimidating for some people (like me). I had already found the page you’re pointing to. I read the README file after extracting and I still couldn’t figure out where exactly to extract everything. etc? home? bin? usr/bin? Did I need to uninstall Firefox from the software center first? For Linux newcomers, directions like those above are just easier. They are clear and concise. I have had horrible luck meeting dependencies when compiling my own software, and nothing works quite like having the computer install programs for itself.
    If Firefox offered .deb and .rpm files like Chrome does, that would be different, but they don’t. So, in my opinion, this page is still an excellent solution that helped me out very much. 🙂

  5. The firefox stable ppa now supports Natty

  6. FreshNewbie says:

    Last time I used Ubuntu was 4 years ago. I am starting to get back into it since I have some friends with hardware that’s old and they want a simple “simple web browsing experience” that doesn’t have all the issues XP has with malware. This newbie method worked PERFECTLY! Remember not everyone is a Linux guru and that is who these guides are for!!!!!!!!!

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