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installing firefox on usb to use with ubuntu os

Hi,

I want to install FF on a USB and use it when running UBUNTU (live).

I doubt if the Windows version will run, can you recommend a site that will supply a version that will run under this OS.Thanks

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Ps. I want to install it separately so I can update the browser.

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Re: installing firefox on usb to use with ubuntu os

This is the only Linux version of portable Firefox I have found, and it's not the latest version. http://www.mininova.org/det/2728613

New Contributor

Re: installing firefox on usb to use with ubuntu os

Thanks for responding.

I wonder what the Linux, e.g. UBUBTU users do when they need to upgrade their FF browsers?

I'll check Miniova.

Best wishes.

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Re: installing firefox on usb to use with ubuntu os

Ubuntu updates their version of Firefox thru the Ubuntu program repository.

When Ubuntu is installed to the hard drive it checks for updates to all programs that were initially installed, and installed at a later date thru the repository, about 5 minutes after the PC is turned on each day. Updates are provided at least once a week for the OS files from what I have seen on my EeePC; installed programs are updated whenever an update is posted to the repository.

No way to update a LiveCD version though, you need to download a later version and burn it to CD to get the updates.

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Re: installing firefox on usb to use with ubuntu os

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Re: installing firefox on usb to use with ubuntu os

Cor-el,

Thanks for responding and for the interesting link: privacyfoundation.

I have read this page, but can't quite make out what they mean.

Are they saying that if I downnload the script, then I will be able to download Firefox for Windows and it will automatically convert to run under Linux. That is, that FF for windows.exe will become FF or Linux.exe. And portable.

Thanks

Best wishes.

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Re: installing firefox on usb to use with ubuntu os

No, you can't run a windows version of Firefox on Linux unless you use an emulator like Wine.

That script downloads the latest Linux version of Firefox:

wget "http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/${application}/releases/latest/linux-i686/${language}/${file}"

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/latest/linux-i686/en-US/

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Re: installing firefox on usb to use with ubuntu os

Thanks for responding.

Regarding WINE.

I was wondering if there might be security implications by running WINE under UBUNTULiveCD since WINE reads Windows code. Hence, running, say, FF for Windows might not be wise if conducting banking?

The link that you gave which points to Linux-i686 is presumably the FF browser for Linux. I am not familiar with the code i-686, but I 'll take a look at the link.

Best wishes.

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Re: installing firefox on usb to use with ubuntu os

I have just had a look at the excellent site that you gave (Firefox Releases).

I see that there are both stable and Beta versions available for download.

Do you think it would be unwise to use a Beta version of FF for banking?

I see that the latest stable version is 3.6. The latest Beta version is 4.0b4.

These both seem suitable for a 32 bit machine (i686).

I think that the reference to win32 indicates the FF version for Windows, VISTA, etc.

I don't know what the EUBallot version means.

Best wishes.

Thanks for the help. Much appreciated.

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Re: installing firefox on usb to use with ubuntu os

It is possible that your bank site doesn't support Firefox 4.0 beta versions, so it may be better to stick to the 3.6.8 version. Also 4.0 is a beta and that means unfinished software with known bugs and limitations and not everything may work as expected.

The EU Ballot version is for Windows users in Europe that now have a choice to choose their own browser and are no longer forced to use IE. You can ignore it as it is a windows version.
See http://opentochoice.org/en/category/browsers/