Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Firefox 4 Daily builds on Ubuntu 10.10

Last evening I met Firefox Hacker Dietrich Ayala in Hanoi. He was surprised that I don't use firefox 4 yet. So here what I did to get the daily builds of firefox 4 onto my Ubuntu 10.10 machine.

# Add the mozilla daily builds PPA 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install firefox-4.0

# Make Firefox 4 as default browser
sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
There are 3 choices for the alternative x-www-browser (providing /usr/bin/x-www-browser).

  Selection    Path                       Priority   Status
* 0            /usr/bin/chromium-browser   40        auto mode
  1            /usr/bin/chromium-browser   40        manual mode
  2            /usr/bin/firefox            40        manual mode
  3            /usr/bin/firefox-4.0        40        manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 3
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/firefox-4.0 to provide /usr/bin/x-www-browser (x-www-browser) in manual mode.

Testing Firefox Babies

Firefox is my most commonly used application, coming next only to terminal and Emacs text editor. Perhaps I would able to isolate and report more problem in the coming months. Accessibility and UI issue are at the top my list right now.

Have a look at the presentation of how you can help to make firefox better.


  1. It's a mixed blessing though. If you have a lot of addons and (like me) have disabled the compatibility check it can a bumpy ride with regular crashes...

    Here's for Slackware: https://github.com/cycojesus/slackbuilds/tree/master/xap/mozilla-firefox-trunk

  2. @Gwh Please do report the crashes to upstream

    @vuhung Its Firefox 4.0 beta 9 pre, built on Dec 20 right now as I right this comment


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