Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Firefox 8 Released, Ubuntu / Linux Installation

Thanks to the fast release cycle, Firefox 8 was released yesterday. The most important new features include disabling add-ons installed by third-party programs by default, Twitter search engine and a preference to load tabs on demand when restoring saved sessions.

Update 11/16/2011: Firefox 8 was now finally published to its Stable PPA, but hasn't arrived the official repositories yet, that should take just one or two days from now.

  • Add-ons installed by third-party programs are now disabled by default.
  • Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons.
  • Added Twitter to the search bar for select locales. Additional locale support will be added in the future.
  • Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored.
  • Improved performance and memory handling when using audio and video elements.
  • Added CORS support for cross-domain textures in WebGL.
  • Added support for HTML5 context menus.
  • Added support for insertAdjacentHTML.
  • Improved CSS hyphen support for many languages.
  • Improved WebSocket support.
  • Fixed several stability issues.
  • Fixed several security issues.

You may want to re-enable the 'Ubuntu Firefox Modifications' add-on on the first run.

Natty and Oneiric Installation

Firefox 8 will be available in the official repositories for Ubuntu Natty and Oneiric in a day or two. Then you can just use the Update Manager to upgrade to Firefox 8, or from Terminal run:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

You can check if the Firefox 8 packages are available in the official repositories by visiting this site:

Update 11/21/2011: As Firefox 8 packages still aren't released to the official repos, I've started to wonder if they ever will. So here is another way to do a proper installation via a repository, to first integrate it better into the system, and also get future updates automatically: Ubuntuzilla.

Update 11/23/2011: Firefox 8 has now finally arrived in the official repos, yay! (jingles) So you can now upgrade to it via the usual way, as described above. However, since the delay stuff apparently became a pattern now, it's to consider if it's not better to use 'Ubuntuzilla' in the first place. (Yes, it's strange to suggest users that are supposedly provided with the latest versions via the official repos to use a third-rank method, behind the Stable PPA!) - Updates by Krytarik

Lucid and Maverick Installation

For installing Firefox 8 in Ubuntu Lucid and Maverick, you need to upgrade using the Firefox Stable PPA:

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


Other Linux

If you are using some other Linux, you can follow the 'Other Linux' instructions here, just replace '6.0' with '8.0' in the commands:

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