So what is best way to install the "real" Firefox on Debian?
First, you need to remove the existing Iceweasel package (I think you can use
Then, download the latest Linux build of Firefox directly from Mozilla. Extract the files, and navigate to that folder, and run it. If you want, make an icon on your desktop. You can also make a link to the binary in
If you want a package-based one, you can use Linux Mint's Debian package repo. To do this, add the following line to your
And add the GPG key for that repo. Then, just run:
And you should be good to go!
The default install is German, to install in any other language, you can manually run:
Packages names for other common langages include (official repository list - scroll half way down):
Iceweasel Aurora is very close to Firefox latest stable release.
I installed Iceweasel Aurora using this official debian/mozilla tutorial.
I was able to import my Firefox profile from another installation without errors, ie, all addons, bookmarks, history entries and user settings are working perfectly.
FYI, some of the plugins I use are Firebug, Awesome screenshot and Searchstatus, all worked fine and were not disabled by Iceweasel.
You may also want to use the Firefox logo for launchers.
This is probably a better option as it allows an easier update process.
I'm running an AMD Athlon II X2 system. Firefox runs perfectly on Wheezy i686 & the 3.2.0-4-686-pae kernel. The stock version of IceWeasel just seemed gutted, crippled and inferior compared to Firefox. Installation is a snap. I download the newest Firefox to /home/myusername/Linux/Software/Mozilla/current/, and then run
The second line removes the previous version completely before the upgrade.
This post on the Debian User forums suggests the following:
To install new versions, you are supposed to
To make a desktop icon, do this
Edit this using your favourite text editor:
You can remove iceweasel with
If you encounter this error:
You should probably install
Chances are that you are trying to install the 32 bit version of firefox in a 64 bit Debian environment.
There's a sourcefourge project, basically dedicated to allowing you to get the latest version of Firefox when running Ubuntu, no matter which version you run (as long as dependencies are satisfied, obviously). Since Ubuntu is a Debian derivative, I thought I'd try it. I've got Firefox working on Debian Testing ("Wheezy") just fine.
This resolves the GPG key issue that is encountered when using the imported Linux Mint DE repository, and is significantly simpler than the other viable solution. Also, this gives you access to Thunderbird and SeaMonkey as well.
Note that this solution only gives you the English-US Release Channel version (no beta or Aurora builds). Other languages can be used, but additional steps are required.