zondag 9 december 2012

Real firefox on debian instead of Iceweasel

So you have installed Debian. Everything is fine, but then you are trying to find a web browser. Huh, where's firefox? What's this thing called Iceweasel?
Well, what you probably have found out googling, iceweasel IS firefox.

But there are reasons you might need the real firefox:
-You need to use firefox add-ons that don't work with iceweasel
-Some websites say you need to use a newer browser to visit.

Just doing apt-get install firefox will not work. We need to download firefox
from the official website. Download the firefox tar.bz2 file from mozilla and do the following in a terminal in the directory you have downloaded firefox in:

apt-get remove iceweasel
mv firefox.tar.bz2 /usr/lib
cd /usr/lib
tar -xvjf firefox.tar.bz2
ln -s /usr/lib/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

Well that's all actually! You can run firefox from the terminal typing 'firefox' or you can make a shortcut to firefox.

I just need compatibility for websites, can't I get that with Iceweasel?
Actually, you can, take a look at this page.

Please comment and share your opinion.

Take care!

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