Monday, November 7, 2011

New Firefox 8.0 and how to install it on Ubuntu Linux

Firefox 8.0 is finally available on Mozilla servers although the official announcement will come in the next few days, with the new release brings with it the Browser especially significant improvements in speed and stability.
The new Firefox 8.0 requires a lower consumption of resources than the previous version especially when we access sites that use HTML5, Also comes the new management of the tab, might indicate what cards at the end if at the next boot recover all or only some cards launched we previously selected. The new feature will allow the improvements in startup time ,Also introduces a new show which will allow us to order our cards more easily.
Menu Preferences section General on Start -> When you start Firefox we can also select the option Show windows and tabs of the last session which will allow us to directly launch the sites you use most frequently. Firefox 8.0 also adds new management add-on who will notify us when you install or activate it if we keep it disabled for the time being.


To know the news of the new Firefox 8.0 enough See this page.

Firefox 8.0 we can directly update from the Update Manager in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric and Ubuntu 11.04 Natty given that in the coming hours will be automatically updated in the official repositories.

If instead we have Ubuntu in previous releases (10.10 - 10.04 - 9.10 - 9.04 - 8.10 - 8.04) we can install Firefox 8.0 using precompiled binaries to do this just start the terminal and type:

For 32-Bit
cd
wget ftp://63.245.208.138/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/8.0/linux-i686/it/firefox-8.0.tar.bz2
For 64 Bit
cd
wget ftp://63.245.208.138/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/8.0/linux-x86_64/it/firefox-8.0.tar.bz2
extract it and go to the folder /opt to do so always from the terminal, type
tar xvjf firefox-8.0.tar.bz2
sudo cp -r firefox/ /opt/firefox
sudo rm firefox-8.0.tar.bz2
sudo rm -r firefox/
now made the connection with our Menu to do this type:
sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox-old
sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox
Now we start our Firefox and have the new version 8.0

even if you start the default version we type in terminal
killall firefox-bin
If we want to restore the default version simply type in terminal
sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox-old /usr/bin/firefox
sudo rm -r /opt/firefox
and we will have the default version

Firefox 8.0 is available for Windows and Mac on this page you will find links to download it for your specific operating system.
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