Firefox 3.5 = Shiretoko ?

Asked by Athani

Is the Shiretoko web browser that I have in my Ubuntu 9.04 the same as Firefox 3.5?

And now that I have it, how do I get rid of Firefox 3.0.11?

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Best George (gnwiii) said :

"Shiretoko is a national park in Northern Japan – it is also the codename for the latest version of Firefox." -- <>

You can uninstall Firefox 3.0.x, but you may find that the search tool no longer works in 3.5.x. It appears that
both versions are using /usr/lib/firefox-addons <>, so there is a potential that only one version will work,
and removing one probably affects the other, so it would be better to uninstall both an then install
the version you want to use. You can use Mozilla "add-ons" to install new search tools if yours break, so it should not be an insurmountable problem.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

you can remove the old one with:

sudo apt-get remove firefox

I recommend you run this command to smooth things over

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/firefox-3.5 /usr/bin/firefox

3.5 is not an update in any release before karmic so you currently have both firefoxes. You may have to remove addons then reinstall them in 3.5 as the addons you have will be for 3.0.11

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Athani (chandan-athani) said :

Thanks George, that solved my question.

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Endolith (endolith) said :

Is there a way to REPLACE 3.0 with 3.5, instead of installing "Shiretoko" side by side with completely different profiles?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

You could download the .tar.gz from the mozilla site and use that. The tar.gz is a binary and you will need to uninstall firefox-3.5 which you installed using the repo and symlink /usr/bin/firefox-3.5 to wherever you store the app. I personally think it will achieve the same end but if you have a few minutes to spare it doesn't hurt to try.

Using this method will also not update the program using automatic updates, as the app is not installed using the repository, so the repository will not update the app.

I personally suggest you stick with the shiretoko version which will upgrade gracefully. "Shiretoko" IS still firefox. Is this a problem?

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Endolith (endolith) said :

Yes, it's a problem. It creates completely separate profiles that are clones of the existing profiles, clicking links in other programs opens up 3.0 instead of 3.5, desktop integration features don't work, etc.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

then you can easily run:

sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox_old; sudo ln -s /usr/bin/firefox-3.5 /usr/bin/firefox

this backs up the old binary, then makes firefox point to firefox-3.5

In Jaunty this will ALWAYS be the case, 3.5 in Jaunty is a seperate app so you will either need to run the command above or tell your apps to open with 3.5. 3.5 in karmic is an upgrade for 3.0 and completly upgrades it rather than installing next to it in Jaunty. I suggest you uninsatll 3.0 to save space if all you use is 3.5.