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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Firefox 3.5.1 on Ubuntu 64 bit

So, you must've come across this awesome link on http://getfirefox.com inviting you to get the latest Firefox 3.5.1 on your system. But I'm sure you would have come across compatibility issues on a 64 bit machine. Most probably you'll google for "firefox + 64 bit+ linux". So did I and came across a really handy project called Ubuntuzilla, which is a Python script that helps you get the latest Firefox release as it comes up, and automatically finds out which one suits your architecture. All you need to do is, grab an appropriate deb package for your machine and the job is done. Fire up a new terminal and issue following commands -
$ ubuntuzilla.py -a install -p firefox
Pass through some y/n question answers and you will be given a list of 74!! languages to choose from. Isn't that great, and that includes Telegu, Tamil, Punjabi, Oriya, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese. Yes! we dominate the list. Once you're done with it, enter your password, it would back-up your old firefox preferences and get the job done soon. There you go -
Some people have had problems with Adobe Flash plugin and latest Firefox. To get it fixed, get the latest 64-bit flash player from Adobe Labs. Unpack the tarball and put the libflashplayer.so file into your ~/.mozilla/plugins folder.

You can go through these commands for now, but I recommend getting latest Flash plugin from the Labs website.
$ wget http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/libflashplayer-10.0.32.18.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz
$ tar -xvf libflashplayer-10.0.32.18.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz
$ cp libflashplayer.so ~/.mozilla/plugins/
Have fun hopping the web with the world's best browser. Head on to Firefox Addons page to make your experience even better with browser customizations. If you think your friends, relatives or anyone needs a better browser, don't hesitate in recommending Firefox. You can even become a Campus Rep for Mozilla if you go to a college. Checkout the SpreadFirefox campaign for that -

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4 Comments:

At August 15, 2009 at 8:20 PM , Anonymous SwitchBL8 said...

thanks for pointing to ubuntuzilla, very handy. But firefox 3.5.2 fails to recognize that I've put libflashplayer.so (exactly the one you point to, it's the latest as of now) in the plugins directory, since flash-content shows a rectangle with "click here to download plugin". :-(

 
At August 15, 2009 at 8:43 PM , Blogger IdeaMonk said...

Try getting libflashplayer.so for i386 and put into plugins folder. Put in the following folders -

~/.mozilla/plugins/
and
/usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/

 
At August 20, 2009 at 11:28 PM , Blogger David L Norris said...

Installed amd64 script, ran it and it replaced my system-wide 64-bit firefox with a 32-bit build. Not exactly a stellar performance thus far... Now, to try and figured out how to fix that mess.

 
At August 20, 2009 at 11:56 PM , Blogger IdeaMonk said...

I too was annoyed by the performance, I switched to i386 now, even tough my hardware is amd64, I couldn't see much advantage!

 

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