Firefox not in Ubuntu Software Repository

Asked by Marius Groenewald on 2017-10-07

Firefox is not appearing in the Ubuntu Software repository to install. I don't understand why, because it is the default browser when you install Ubuntu.
I installed the latest version from Mozilla's website with their installation instruction, because the current one was outdated. This caused some integration issues, because a link within a document did not want to open in Firefox when I clicked on it.
I thought I could fix it by uninstalling the latest version and current version, and re-install the standard one from the Ubuntu Software repository, only to find that it is not available there.
Can anyone tell me why it is not available in the Ubuntu Software repository?

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What is the output of:

lsb_release -a; uname -a; apt-cache policy firefox


Marius Groenewald (groenem) said : #2

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 17.04
Release: 17.04
Codename: zesty
Linux marius-ubuntu 4.10.0-35-generic #39-Ubuntu SMP Wed Sep 13 07:45:58 UTC 2017 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux

  Ge├»nstalleer: (geen)
  Kandidaat: 56.0+build6-0ubuntu0.17.04.2
  Weergawe tabel:
     56.0+build6-0ubuntu0.17.04.2 500
        500 zesty-updates/main i386 Packages
        500 zesty-security/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     50.1.0+build2-0ubuntu1 500
        500 zesty/main i386 Packages

What's so new in the latest version of Firefox that you need?

Also, version 56 was released 8 days ago.... How much more newer do you want?

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #5

Firefox is available in the Ubuntu-software application - at least on my system.

I can search for it in the search bar, and I also find it in "Commnication & News - Web Browsers".

Marius Groenewald (groenem) said : #6

The Firefox version installed was 53 or 54 something, and the Software Updater did not have the latest one yet. I had trouble, still have, with Flash Player videos that struggle to stream. On my work's Windows laptop, they stream fine, but not on my Linux Firefox. I was hoping maybe the latest Firefox has something built-in or better Flashplayer support.

If I search for Firefox on my Ubuntu Software, the only results I get is:
Search Firefox Bookmarks Provider

It also do not show in my "Commnication & News - Web Browsers".

Chrome has built in PepperFlash, not Firefox. Is it OK in Chrome?

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #8

Maybe it helps if you reset the local storage of the ubuntu-software application.

Open a terminal and issue the following commands:

gnome-software --quit
rm -rf ~/.cache/software-center
rm -rf ~/.config/software-center

and then start ubuntu-software again (the cache will have to be rebuilt, so the first start will take considerably longer).

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #9

Oops, my commands were not correct, you should use these ones:

gnome-software --quit
rm -rf ~/.local/share/gnome-software

and then start Ubuntu-software again.

Marius Groenewald (groenem) said : #10

I tried the commands, but Firefox still do not appear in the Ubuntu Software.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #11

I recommend that you then install it with the command

sudo apt-get install firefox

Marius Groenewald (groenem) said : #12

Thanks. Firefox is now back on my PC.
However, the Ubuntu Software still do not show it.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #13

As a last recommendation: reinstall the Ubuntu Software application:

gnome-software --quit
killall gnome-software
rm -rf ~/.local/share/gnome-software
sudo apt-get install --reinstall gnome-software

and try again.
If this still does not list Firefox on your Ubuntu Software app, then I have run out of ideas. As already told, it is shown on my system.

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