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HOWTO: Upgrade to Firefox 1.5 on Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) May 11, 2006

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The latest stable release of Ubuntu Linux comes with Firefox version 1.0.8 installed. Unfortunately this version is slower than 1.5+ and some of the extensions I use only support 1.5+ so, naturally, I needed to upgrade. I found a page on the Ubuntu Wiki called FirefoxNewVersion that shows you how to install a second copy of Firefox, downloaded from the Mozilla web site, alongside Ubuntu’s default Firefox package. Instructions are included on how to change the /usr/bin/firefox script to use the newly installed version instead of the default. This looked like more work than I wanted for a Firefox upgrade–I wanted to stick with .deb packages and didn’t like the idea of having two versions of Firefox installed. So, I discovered a way upgrade my Firefox package using Debain backports. Read on for more.



Deer Park Alpha 2 August 15, 2005

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Check out Deer Park Alpha 2, Mozilla.org's latest test release. Essentially, Deer Park is the pre-release of Firefox 1.5, due out sometime in the next few months. Its running very stable for me on Windows and Linux. The most notable changes from Fx 1.0 are the ability to reorganize browser tabs by dragging and dropping and much speedier back and forward buttons.

Tweaking Firefox for Broadband March 4, 2005

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Firefox comes with some settings turned off by default which, when enabled, actually speed Firefox up quite a bit, especially for those on broadband connections. To sum it all up: your browser normally makes one request to a web page at a time. When you enable "pipelining" it will make serveral at once, effectively speeding up page loading.

To enable these tweaks, following these steps:

1. Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:


2. Alter the entries as follows:

Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"
Set "network.proxy.http.pipelining" to "true"
Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like "30". This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly, right-click anywhere and select New -> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on the information it recieves.

And, you're done. You should see faster page loads, particularly on large pages.

Mozilla Firefox 0.9 Released June 15, 2004

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Mozilla Firefox 0.9 has been released.

Mozilla Firefox 0.8 Released February 19, 2004

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After yet another name change, from Firebird to Firefox, version 0.8 of Mozilla's stand alone browser has been released. This version includes a new download manager, several stability and bug fixes, and other enhancements. It can be downloaded from the Firefox web page. There are a couple of personal blog posts covering the new name and the newly created Mozilla Visual Identity Team which will focus on the end-user experience of the Mozilla browser.

Mozilla Firebird 0.7 RC1, Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 RC2, and New Icons September 29, 2003

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Release candidate builds for Mozilla Firebird 0.7 are now available. These builds can be downloaded for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X from ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firebird/nightly/latest-0.7.

Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 Release Candidate 2 has been released as well. It can also be downloaded for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, from ftp.mozilla.org/pub/thunderbird/nightly/2003-09-24-1.5.


Also, some great new Firebird and Thunderbird icons have been created by Jairo Boudewyn. Instructions on how to replace the default icons can be found here. The same instructions can be used to change the Thunderbird icon in it’s directory, however, you must rename the Thunderbird icon to messengerWindow.ico instead of main-window.ico.