Friday, July 16, 2010

Taking Firefox 4.0 Beta for a spin

Mozilla's recently released Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 isn't exactly Ubuntu "friendly". Sure it works and comes in a nice tarball, but then again lots of people prefer making use of the existing infrastructure to manage installations. Yes, even though it's Beta.

So here's the "way" to get in on the action:

~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa
~$ sudo apt-get update
~$ sudo apt-get install firefox-4.0

That should just about cover it, but in case you get an error about a missing /usr/bin/firefox-4.0 then simply do the following and you're good to go:

~$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/firefox-4.0b2pre/firefox-4.0 /usr/bin/firefox-4.0
~$ sudo apt-get -f install

To run Firefox 4.0 head over to Applications > Internet > Shiretoko Web Browser

A word of warning though: It's still very early so expect crashes and missing features.

Related posts:

Revamping the web browsing experience
Reverting PPA packages

References:

Ubuntu Mozilla Daily Build Team
Install Firefox 4 beta 2 in Ubuntu using PPA