Mozilla released Firefox 3.5 and you can now install it in Gloria. The package name is “firefox-3.5”.
To install this package, you can use Synaptic, mintMenu, mintInstall, or simply the terminal:
- apt update
- apt install firefox-3.5
Once installed, your system will have both Firefox 3.0 and Firefox 3.5 and the item called “Firefox” in your menu will continue to point to Firefox 3.0.
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).
You cannot run both Firefox 3.0 and Firefox 3.5 at the same time. To run one version, make sure all instances of the other one are closed.
If you like the new version of this browser, you can change your Firefox menu item and make it point to Firefox 3.5 by editing the file /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop as root, and by replacing the line “Exec=firefox %u” with “Exec=firefox-3.5 %u”.
Finally, if you want to have a look at the new features in Firefox 3.5, you can read the following articles: