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How can I make Firefox 66 tell me about updates and let me choose when to install them?

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This is a work PC (Ubuntu 18.04 for ... reasons), and Firefox 66.0.3 contains no way to let me choose when to apply updates rather than installing them silently.

The problem with the silent install is that it happens, well, silently, and the only notification I get is when I open a new tab, and instead of letting me get on with the work-related search I wanted to do, Firefox puts up a rather childishly-phrased message that can be summarised as "Firefox found and installed an update and needs to restart to finish the process."

This interrupts my work (it's a work PC, remember), and makes matters worse by closing Firefox and *not* restarting. (That is, I have to launch it manually after it closes. That's not hard, but it's not what Firefox promised me would happen.)

I'd like to be able to turn off the automatic installation, but leave the automatic check in place so that I can choose to launch the update when I go home / to lunch / to a meeting rather than having my working day interrupted.

Side note: Visual Studio 2017 that I use at home manages to do this: there's a yellow flag button that tells me there are interesting notifications, including updates, and I can apply them from there when I am ready.

And it gets relaunched properly afterwards.

This is a work PC (Ubuntu 18.04 for ... reasons), and Firefox 66.0.3 contains no way to let me choose when to apply updates rather than installing them silently. The problem with the silent install is that it happens, well, silently, and the only notification I get is when I open a new tab, and instead of letting me get on with the work-related search I wanted to do, Firefox puts up a rather childishly-phrased message that can be summarised as "Firefox found and installed an update and needs to restart to finish the process." This interrupts my work (it's a work PC, remember), and makes matters worse by closing Firefox and *not* restarting. (That is, I have to launch it manually after it closes. That's not hard, but it's not what Firefox promised me would happen.) I'd like to be able to turn off the automatic installation, but leave the automatic check in place so that I can choose to launch the update when I go home / to lunch / to a meeting rather than having my working day interrupted. Side note: Visual Studio 2017 that I use at home manages to do this: there's a yellow flag button that tells me there are interesting notifications, including updates, and I can apply them from there when I am ready. And it gets relaunched properly afterwards.
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FredMcD
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Type about:preferences#advanced<enter> in the address bar. Under Advanced, Select Update.

[v56+]; Type about:preferences#general<enter> in the address bar. Select Update.

Check the settings. "Check for updates, but let you choose whether to install them"

Also turn off Use a background service to install updates <Windows Only>

Type '''about:preferences#advanced'''<enter> in the address bar. Under '''Advanced, ''' Select '''Update. ''' [v56+]; Type '''about:preferences#general'''<enter> in the address bar. Select '''Update. ''' Check the settings. "Check for updates, but let you choose whether to install them" Also turn off '''Use a background service to install updates''' <Windows Only>
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There is no "Update" to select in FF66. The section of General that deals with updates contains only the following text:

Firefox Updates Keep Firefox up to date for the best performance, stability, and security. Version 66.0.3 (64-bit) (link)What’s new(/link) Mozilla Firefox for Ubuntu canonical - 1.0 [X] Automatically update search engines

The [X] is a checkbox. There is no option to control updates in any way.

There is no "Update" to select in FF66. The section of General that deals with updates contains only the following text: '''Firefox Updates''' Keep Firefox up to date for the best performance, stability, and security. ''Version 66.0.3 (64-bit) (link)What’s new(/link) Mozilla Firefox for Ubuntu canonical - 1.0'' [X] Automatically update search engines The [X] is a checkbox. There is no option to control updates in any way.
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Hmm. One thing occurs to me. Am I going to have to uninstall the Firefox that Canonical built and install a Mozilla one instead?

Hmm. One thing occurs to me. Am I going to have to uninstall the Firefox that Canonical built and install a Mozilla one instead?
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FredMcD
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'''http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/'''
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Would I be correct in assuming that your somewhat terse reply means that I was right about having to remove Ubuntu’s build and install Mozilla’s in its place?

Would I be correct in assuming that your somewhat terse reply means that I was right about having to remove Ubuntu’s build and install Mozilla’s in its place?
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FredMcD
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Sorry, yes. The repository versions have caused issues.

Sorry, yes. The repository versions have caused issues.
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Superb, thanks.

Superb, thanks.
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Seburo
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Hi

Good question (I use Xubuntu myself). The process outlined in previous responses should apply to both Ubuntu and Mozilla versions of Firefox. Mozilla builds tend to update on the update day, Ubuntu builds tend to follow a few days afterwards.

Hi Good question (I use Xubuntu myself). The process outlined in previous responses should apply to both Ubuntu and Mozilla versions of Firefox. Mozilla builds tend to update on the update day, Ubuntu builds tend to follow a few days afterwards.
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