Since the latest release of Firefox 11.0 for Canonical platforms, everybody is excited to test ride this new browser on Ubuntu 11.10 Natty Narwhal.
In brief, just let me tell you what new features you will find in this version of Firefox 11.0:
- Add-on compatibility has now been significantly improved
- Anti-Aliasing for WebGL Library is now functional, thereby further increasing your Graphics Display quality on your browser
- CSS 3D Transforms are now supported which means better CSS rendering of objects
- Many minor bug fixes
Step 1: Enter the keyboard combo Ctrl+Alt+T to bring up the Terminal on your Dashboard. Type the following command,
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next
and hit Enter. The above command will download the official Firefox repositories to your system.
Repositories are nothing but PPA (Personal Package Archive) maintained by any package developer. In this case, Firefox being a developer has its own package files uploaded to its repository. As and when it makes changes, those files will be then be downloaded to your system. Ain’t it neat?
Step 2: Now type the below command, to install the repositories.
sudo apt-get update
The above command will update all your package list index. The changes you earlier performed by downloading the Firefox repositories, those changes will now be applied in your local index files.
Step 3: Finally type the last command to update your Firefox version so that you can begin using the new Firefox 11.0.
sudo apt-get install firefox
This will upgrade your old version of Firefox to the latest one. To apply the changes please restart your Firefox browser and Voila, Firefox 11.0.
To verify if your Firefox version is up to date. In the toolbar, click on Help and then click on About. Now you can see your Firefox version displayed in the dialog box.
The next time Firefox releases a newer version, there is no need for you to follow these steps again, the update will be performed automatically as you have already setup the necessary repositories in Step 1.
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