Friday, March 25, 2011

Firefox4 on 64 bit Ubuntu

Now that Firefox 4 final is out, I wanted to switch to using it rather than version 3.x on my Ubuntu 10.10 systems. You can download a Linux version of Firefox 4.0 from the Mozilla site, but it's 32-bit only. While it will run, the problem I found is that all of my plugins (libflashplayer, etc) stopped working. The solution is to install the 64-bit build of Firefox 4, which is available on a launchpad PPA. Thus:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

That gave me a new, working FireFox 4.0. Most of my extensions worked OK, with the exception of del.icio.us (fix here), and All-in-one sidebar (now uninstalled). And, weirdly, the language packs aren't compatible between 3.x and 4.0, but I assume that will get sorted in time.

1 comment:

yuvilio said...

Think I'll switch over to this ppa since the daily one (https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-mozilla-daily/+archive/ppa) seems to have stalled at 4.0 beta since the 4.0 release it seems. Thanks for the explanation!