Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Firefox's new look

Firefox's new look (the Australis GUI) can now be seen in the Firefox Nightly build. Without more ado, here it is, on Debian XFCE:

A lot of negative opinion on the internet, but quite like it myself, no objections certainly, and tabs definitely look nicer.

Firefox Nightly can be unpacked to the home directory and run from there. However, it's probably a good idea to use a separate profile, to avoid the risk of making changes to an existing profile that are not compatible with the existing version of Firefox (or Iceweasel, in my case).

Debian Bits And Snips explains how to do this. I ran into a problem in that when I'd closed Firefox Nightly and launched Iceweasel again, it was using the new profile. I had to use Profile Manager again to switch Iceweasel back to the default profile, but after that I used the launch command given and Firefox Nightly used its own profile and left Iceweasel using the default profile.
/home/username/firefox/firefox -P "new profile" -no-remote
no-remote means Firefox uses the new profile independently of the profile set for Iceweasel and without changing the profile set for Iceweasel- indeed it can run at the same time as Iceweasel with this command.

Profile manager can be launched with the following terminal command in Linux, if Iceweasel is using the wrong profile:
firefox --ProfileManager

1 comment:

  1. How to install firefox on debian 7.3 wheezy

    The newest version of Mozilla Firefox is 27.0 as of I’m writing this article. Firefox 27.0 comes with Firefox SocialAPI that let you run more than one social bookmarking services like Delicious, indian Music service, at the same time and integrate directly into Firefox. The integration will let you access to the latest social happening easily without open or create new tabs.

    Download Firefox on debian from Mozilla website, 32 bit and 64 bit are available.

    Assume you download the firefox-27.0.tar.bz2 file to /home/username/Downloads directory.

    Change current working directory to Downloads directory

    $ cd ~/Downloads/

    Decompress firefox-27.0.tar.bz2 file

    $ tar xjf firefox-27.0.tar.bz2

    Now you can remove firefox-27.0.tar.bz2 file since we no longer need it.

    $ remove -r firefox-27.0.tar.bz2

    Next step is to move the new firefox directory that you just decompressed from firefox-27.0.tar.bz2 file to /opt why /opt? Most external programs will be install in /opt directory by default.

    $ sudo mv firefox /opt/

    Now you can use firefox after you have done those steps above. To start firefox, you can type in firefox in your terminal

    $ firefox