Running FireFox 2 and 3 on the same machine
Dave M G wrote:
> Ubuntu Users,
> I like the new FireFox 3 that comes as the default browser on Ubuntu
> Hardy Heron.
> However, I have some add ons that I need for work (Zend toolbar, Web
> Developer toolbar) that are not yet compatible with FireFox version 3.
> I used Synaptic to download FireFox version 2, and I can run it.
> However, even though I can run version 2, the add-ons that are not
> compatible with version 3 are now incompatible with version 2 as well. I
> suspect this has something to do with the fact that versions 2 and 3 are
> sharing some configuration or profile settings.
> Can I get version 2 to be more independent from the version 3 settings?
> Thank you for any advice.
I suggest you not running Firefox 2 stable and Firefox 3 Beta together.
Instructions follow on how to uninstall Firefox 3 Beta:
OS: Ubuntu 8.04 after a fresh clean installation, otherwise backup your
Firefox/SeaMonkey bookmarks first.
How to migrate to stable firefox 2.0.0.x (currently 126.96.36.199) from
firefox 3 Beta, until firefox 3 final becomes available.
1. i) Run System::Administration::Synaptic Package Manager.
ii) Press the Search button and type firefox.
iii) By selecting the "Mark for complete removal" boxes, uninstall
the "firefox", "firefox-3.0" and its dependencies packages.
iv) Install "firefox-2" and "firefox-2-gnome-support" packages.
2. Delete the .mozilla directory under your home directory (in my case
/home/john). If you are using nautilus, activate the View::Show Hidden
Files menu item, to do this.
3. Restart Ubuntu 8.04.
Now Firefox 2.0.0.x (currently 188.8.131.52) is ready to be used from the
If it doesn't run at the first attempt, press Alt-F2 and type firefox-2
and press Run.
If anyone has any problems, reply to this message.
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