Firefox 3.5 Available for Linux Mint 7 Gloria
Article by George Norman
On 10 Jul 2009
Lead Linux Mint developer Clem Lefebvre has announced that the latest version of the Mozilla developed web browser, mainly Firefox 3.5, is available for installation in Linux Mint 7, codename Gloria. All you have to do is install the firefox-3.5 package via Synaptic, mintMenu, mintInstall, or with the terminal (apt update -> apt install firefox-3.5).

The thing to keep in mind is that once you do so you will have Firefox 3.0 as well as Firefox 3.5 installed on your Linux Mint 7-powered machine. You should also keep in mind that you cannot run both Firefox versions at the same time, so make sure to close all instances of 3.0 before launching 3.5. And the other way around, of course.


“To launch Firefox 3.5, you can use the command line and type “firefox-3.5″ or you can click on the “Shiretoko Web browser - Firefox 3.5 Beta” item in your menu. Don’t mind the fact that it’s called “Shiretoko” and that it mentions “Beta”, this version of Firefox is the stable 3.5 version. Upstream, Ubuntu decided to keep version 3.0 as the main Firefox version for Jaunty Jackalope users and since Firefox 3.1/3.5 was made available as a Beta (3.5b4) at the time, they apparently decided it should keep its beta name (Shiretoko),” explained Clem Lefebvre. “

If you like Firefox 3.5 better than Firefox 3.0, then you can change the menu item to make it point to Firefox 3.5; you can do this by editing the /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop file as root and then replacing “Exec=firefox %u” with “Exec=firefox-3.5 %u”.

Firefox 3.5 became available for download as of June 30th and it is the best and fastest Firefox version so far. If you are not familiar with what the new version of the browser has to offer, a detailed article on the subject is available here.

Tags: Linux, Linux Mint 7, Gloria, Firefox 3.5, Mozilla
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