Firefox doesn't get updated...

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sdim
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Firefox doesn't get updated...

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Hi,everyone.
I installed Mint 8 KDE almost a month ago,but although in Windows Firefox gets regularly and automatically updated (3.6.2 now),in Mint it has remained stuck to the 3.5.8 version.Is there something I'm not doing well...?
Many thanks.
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Re: Firefox doesn't get updated...

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I think that FF 3.5.8 is the current version in the debian/Ubuntu/LinuxMint repostories. It takes a little longer for the newer versions to trickle down to us. I'm guess it has to do with packaging and testing.

In Windows you are getting the updates straight from Mozilla.
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firefox 3.6.2 will work for Linux Mint 8 (gnome):

1 download firefox 3.6 at http://www.mozilla.com
2 extract the archive by right click and "Open with Archive Manager"
3 once extracted you can open the firefox executable file. or
4 create a launcher for the firefox executable by right click on deskop and "Create Launcher".
for the command box, browse to the firefox executable file you just extracted.

3.6.2 will import all the 3.5.8 setting, including add-on.
it would be nice to have a Mint persona... :D

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Post by vincent »

sdim, the reason why Firefox seems to be stuck at 3.5.8, as well as other major apps (take OpenOffice.org for example; the one in the official repos is still at 3.1.1 while Sun's recent release of OOo is version 3.2) is because Ubuntu values stability and often 'locks in' application versions to ensure that everything works the way they should. If you'd like a more updated version of any particular app, look for a Personal Package Archive (PPA) on Launchpad that's more up-to-date, or go to the vendor's site. Personally, I always go look for a PPA first; they are easier to install (you add another repository into Synaptic and then you install through the software manager or mintUpdate, simple as that), especially if the vendor forces you to compile the program yourself if you grab it from their website, and it's also more likely to be compatible with Ubuntu/Mint and easier to update (mintUpdate does all the work for you; there's no need to run Secunia or other apps like you normally do on Windows to keep your software up-to-date).

https://launchpad.net/~mozillateam/+arc ... ox-stable/
Note: Since Firefox 3.6.2 was just released like 2 days ago or so, the PPA version hasn't caught up yet (it's at 3.6), but should catch up fairly quickly depending on the PPA maintainers.

Quick way to load the repo and install Firefox 3.6:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
sudo apt-get update
Now open mintUpdate and just update everything that ties in with Firefox, and you're done. :)

RadioActiveRice, there are several Mint personas out there. This is the one I use:
http://www.getpersonas.com/en-US/persona/55013
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Re: Firefox doesn't get updated...

Post by sdim »

Many thanks for the answers,guys.
I know how to install 3.6.2 downloading it from Mozilla,but I don't really want to do that.
I just wanted to have a safe version,because there is a lot being said these last few days about a vulnerability issue prior to 3.6.2.
I think I'll just wait for the official update.
Many thanks,again.
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