Installing Firefox 9 on Debian Squeeze

The questionable move by Firefox to the rapid release schedule has me disappointed.  A little bugs here and there, incompatible add-ons, and so on.  Seriously, the major, if not the most important advantage of Firefox is all these add-ons we have come to love, so making them unstable only makes the browser lose the edge.

Yet Firefox remains my default browser (it might change when I have time to give Chrome a serious shot though).  On Debian, with its slow release schedule, this means that I need to custom install the latest stable version.  Here’s the procedure.

Go to the Firefox download web page.  Choose the version you want and download to a temporary directory, here ~/tmp.  Then follow this:

$ cd ~/tmp
$ ls
$ tar -xvjf firefox-9.0.1.tar.bz2
$ sudo mv firefox /usr/local/firefox-9.0.1
$ cd /usr/local
$ sudo ln -s firefox-9.0.1 firefox
$ cd /usr/local/bin
$ sudo ln -s ../firefox/firefox-bin firefox

This is it! You should be able to launch Firefox with the command firefox anywhere on the system.


I recommend installing Flash-Aid add-on and re-install Flash using the Firefox just installed.

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