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mint20 firefox bloat

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:19 am
by choxberg
first things first: i love mint!
but: firefox with default setting is crap on mint.
same counts for:
>apt install chromium (only a fake-wrapper)
i know, you want to make money...but please not this way, users are not idiots
give me your paypal adress, i'll send you 10 dollars, if you stop to ugligfy firefox!
i even could not add google as the default search engine, confused?
had to download firefox via http download and apt remove it!
you killed my package manger! apt update; apt upgrade

Re: mint20 firefox bloat

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:33 am
by xenopeek
How search engines can be added to Firefox was changed in a recent release of Firefox. That's not something Linux Mint did. Here are the steps to add a search engine on Firefox 78.0.1:
  1. In Firefox go to Preferences > Search > (at the bottom) Find more search engines;
  2. On that page click the icon of the search engine you want to add (that isn't in your list of search engines yet);
  3. Then on the right side of the Firefox address bar click the ••• icon to open the page actions menu and choose Add Search Engine.
Here's a short video to demonstrate the above steps for Google: https://i.imgur.com/LE6xTAZ.mp4

Instructions for how to add search engines has also been updated on the search engines pages from https://linuxmint.com/searchengines.php.

Chromium issue is mentioned in the release notes for Linux Mint 20. Alternative ways to install it are in the user guide: https://linuxmint-user-guide.readthedoc ... omium.html. The link there explains why Linux Mint removed the Ubuntu Chromium package, as that would now sneakily install the Ubuntu Store on your system.

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Re: mint20 firefox bloat

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:54 am
by lewtwo
The fourth thing I do on any new Linux Mint installation is:

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cd ~/Downloads
wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
# will not show up in menu until after reboot
/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable

Re: mint20 firefox bloat

Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:46 am
by Barbados99
I like the fact that we have a number of good choices when it comes to using a browser. I've used various ones over the years and now I do use Firefox. I also set it up exactly how I like it configured (I'm picky) and then I use the "sync" option in Firefox that allows me to easily and quickly set up new machines/installs with my custom Firefox settings. I even have a custom startup page with a custom dashboard that is tailored to exactly what I want as far as functionality.

Perhaps the best thing about Mint is that we are given so many good options for our software. For that matter it's great that Linux gives us so many options for a distro too. We are all different with different needs/wants and Linux and Mint provide great options. Firefox is probably my favorite software to use each day, but I can definitely understand that it might not be another person's cup of tea. But I like it a lot.

Re: mint20 firefox bloat

Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:48 am
by Flemur
xenopeek wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:33 am
How search engines can be added to Firefox was changed in a recent release of Firefox. That's not something Linux Mint did. Here are the steps to add a search engine on Firefox 78.0.1:
  1. In Firefox go to Preferences > Search > (at the bottom) Find more search engines;
  2. On that page click the icon of the search engine you want to add (that isn't in your list of search engines yet);
google doesn't show up in the first five pages of those results. In addition to that, none of the goofy 'n' convoluted methods that mozilla recommended for adding a search engine worked with google (but I could add non-search sites, like the mozilla help page!), so I gave up trying to add google as a search engine and installed firefox from
https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/

Re: mint20 firefox bloat

Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:29 am
by xenopeek
Then you must already have installed Firefox from another source, that your "Find more search engines" doesn't go to the Linux Mint search engines page I linked you to: https://www.linuxmint.com/searchengines.php. That link is what Firefox installed from Linux Mint repository uses. Click google, click page actions, click add search engine and done.

Re: mint20 firefox bloat

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:15 pm
by Portreve
I also use both Firefox and Chrome. And Chrome mobile, of course. Firefox mobile still isn't quite perfect.