How to Install Firefox 5 in Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 ?

Unless you want to get the all new "Unity desktop" or the latest versions of the GNU/Linux Kernel and other applications easily... no one has to abandon their, now the bit "old" Ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10 versions. On the other hand if you slightly older PC/Laptop hardware (especially the GPU or the VGA card) and don't want a computer that finds its hard to keep up with the OS, yes you'll be better off with those "old" Ubuntu Linux versions.

Unlike with the OS Kernel (the part that deals with your Hardware) there are however certain type of applications that we use quite frequently and we have to rely on the latest updates from the developers since they'll help us to enhance the security + may add some speed in general, which are always more than well come :D.

The web browser is the best example, especially concerning nowadays ;-). Google Chrome web browser has a very short time-line between versions which is working quite nicely for them at the moment which was shortly followed by Mozilla foundation with their famous highly secure web browser the Firefox. Now as a result unlike in the past, we as users can have new versions (updates and interesting features) in a much more faster "cycle", which is a good thing, right?.

In that sense if you arrogantly refuse to give up the old Ubuntu version which works quite nicely for you :P but still would like to install the latest Firefox 5 which comes with few new features but less GUI changes such as ...

*. Over 1000 of bug-fixes.

*. Better HTML5 support (the new era of Internet :)).

*. CSS animations.

*. Do Not Track - A Web standard which web browser developers "sign-in" to let the users know that their web browser is highly secure concerning users privacy thus no data will be "gathered" without their approval.

*. Better web page loading (layout detection) support for the mobile version ... are just a few to mention.

In that case, you can install Firefox 5 in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and 10.04 Lucid Lynx by using the Mozilla's official PPA channel. To do that, as usual, open your GNU/Linux Terminal and enter the below command.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
Yep... that should do it. Enjoy!. 


Anonymous said...

On10.04 Lucid:
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/ubufox_0.9.1-0ubuntu0.10.04.1~mfn3_all.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite '/etc/xul-ext/ubufox.js', which is also in package xul-ext-ubufox 0:0.9-0ubuntu1~mfs~lucid1
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Gayan said...


Try completely removing the existing Firefox 4 (or the version that you have now) by using the below command.

sudo apt-get purge firefox

And then try the above commands for the installation.

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