Installing Firefox Quantum

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Installing Firefox Quantum

Postby NewToLinux » 2019-07-30 12:30

I currently am running the Iceweasel browser (an old firefox-esr browser)
on a Debian Jessie system.

I wish to install the latest Firefox Quantum browser, while retaining Iceweasel.

Will the foillowing code work ? :-


Download Firefox Quantum :-

wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla. ... /releases/
69.0b8/linux-x86_64/en-GB/firefox-69.0b8.tar.bz2


Create firefoxquantum directory :-

mkdir -p ~/firefoxquantum


Extract the compressed archive to ~/firefoxquantum :-

tar -jxvf firefox-69.0b8.tar.bz2 -C ~/firefoxquantum


Start firefox quantum :-

~/firefoxquantum/firefox/firefox

Other questions :

Will the new Firefox Quantum automatically create its own profile ?

If so, in which directory will the profile be created ?

Can I create a profile for the new Firefox Quantum before launching Firefox Quantum ?

Will the new Firefox Quantum profile conflict with Iceweasel's profile ?

Will I be able to run ther new Firefox Quantum simultaneously with
Iceweasel or will there be any problems ?

Thanks.
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Re: Installing Firefox Quantum

Postby ruwolf » 2019-07-30 13:05

wiki.debian.org: Firefox writes, that you can define paths to separate profiles for different versions...
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Re: Installing Firefox Quantum

Postby sunrat » 2019-07-30 13:34

You can create separate profiles. For the version you untar in your home directory just run:
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~/firefoxquantum/firefox/firefox -profilemanager
“ computer users can be divided into 2 categories:
Those who have lost data
...and those who have not lost data YET ”
Remember to BACKUP!
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Re: Installing Firefox Quantum

Postby L_V » 2019-07-30 13:56

NewToLinux wrote:I currently am running the Iceweasel browser (an old firefox-esr browser)
on a Debian Jessie system.
I wish to install the latest Firefox Quantum browser, while retaining Iceweasel..

jessie => old-old-stable
Do you plan to upgrade at a certain time ? Or ... fresh installation ?
Some libs will need some upgrades from SID for Firefox 69.
You should maybe manage priorities, but it's up to you !
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Re: Installing Firefox Quantum

Postby NewToLinux » 2019-08-01 09:45

Thanks for the info re profiles and library updates needed for Firefox 69.

I have now checked the system requirements for Firefox 68.0.1

(https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/6 ... uirements/)

and find that I have all necessary libraries installed to enable Firefox 68.0.1 to run
on my Jessie system. So I plan to install Firefox 68.0.1 rather than Firefox 69.0b8

I realise that Jessie is an oldoldstable release of Debian and I plan to upgrade to Sid
later in the year. Meanwhile I urgently need a browser that works better than the current browsers
that I have (which all have problems of one sort or other).

I hope that Firefox 68.0.1 will be the browser that fulfills my requirements.
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Re: Installing Firefox Quantum

Postby L_V » 2019-08-01 09:59

I don't really see how you checked library versions compatibility.
If you are sure that libnspr4 and libnss3 from Jessie is compatible with Fx68, then try it.
If something goes wrong, you will know why !
If you have important data in your current Firefox user profile, make a backup of this profile before.....
Create a fresh new Firefox profile to start. You have been warned.

+ check also this one:
Firefox will not run at all without the following libraries or packages: GTK+ 3.4 or higher
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Re: Installing Firefox Quantum

Postby NewToLinux » 2019-08-02 09:02

I based my decision to install Firefox 68.0.1 on the system requirements for Linux given by Mozilla :-

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/6 ... uirements/

There is no mention there of libnspr4 or libnss3.

I guess I should check with Mozilla re those libraries.

The above link does contain the info you quote i.e.

"Firefox will not run at all without the following libraries or packages: GTK+ 3.4 or higher..."
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Re: Installing Firefox Quantum

Postby esp7 » 2019-08-14 00:43

just upgrade to Buster, if you are afraid because you have an old machine, use a window manager or xfce and the machine will still fly
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