How to Install Firefox 8 in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot & 11.04?

Starting with the current stable version 7.0, the fully OpenSourced, highly secure (let’s say, “trustworthy” shall we :D) web browser Mozilla Firefox did earn some attention for achieving some performance “jump” when compared to the older versions.

Firefox is not perfect… it may still not be as fast as Google Chrome, yet the reason I’m hanging on to it is simply because, as mentioned above, I trust it more. It doesn’t track you unlike with Google Chrome + haven’t simplified the GUI that much in comparison with Chrome or Chromium which is a good thing, because you can easily configure settings easily according to your preference.

Anyhow, the recently introduced Ubuntu 11.10 comes with the latest stable (means official version) version of 7.0. But as most knows, thanks to the dedicated Ubuntu Mozilla team’s PPA we can easily install the beta versions of the upcoming versions such as the 8.0 in this instance which brings some new changes such as:

Firefox-8.0-beta-in-Ubuntu-11.04-300x243 *. A new Add-on compatibility wizard that notifies & lets you enable/disable any incompatible add-ons (if you were upgrading from a previous version).

She only asks once, so deal with your utmost respect ;-)...

*. Although I’m not entirely sure but I think they’ve done some tweaking concerning Tabs moving/detaching, etc which feels “light” and easy (like with Chrome).

*. Integrated Twitter search: If you deal with a lot of Tweeting or Twitter in general, then the Firefox 8.0 beta has added Twitter to their default searching engine window.

twitter-search-box-300x225 *. Tabs Auto loading disabling:

Let’s say that you opened a previous session (after a crash or simply restoring) that has like 15 or more tabs, then by default Firefox will load all the tabs and their web content which can be quite irritating. But with 8.0 beta, now users are give the ability to disable this! (it’ll only start refreshing tabs when you select them).

new-tabs-options-300x112 *. Updated “Web-socket” engine thus more secure than ever (well, the browser itself is still in beta stage thus concerning other aspects, cannot be recommended for “serious” users).

*. Enhanced WebGL and HTML5 support. + a lot of bug fixes as usual according to the release notes page.

Anyhow, you can install Firefox 8.0 beta in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below commands in your Terminal window.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install firefox

That should do it. But before the installation, make sure to back-up your FF related data (bookmarks, etc) as well. But remember, Firefox 8.0 is still in its beta stage, so, most probably it won’t be able to give you the most secured web browsing experience. So use it with caution ๐Ÿ˜‰ (seriously though).

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

3 thoughts on “How to Install Firefox 8 in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot & 11.04?”

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