Firefox 5 is Now Available

Firefox 5 is now available in the Natty repository. If you are running Natty (Ubuntu 11.04) all you need to do is run update-manager.

The Mozilla Blog has posted a list of improvements, including the supporting of Do Not Track on multiple platforms,including Android. This feature allows suers to tell websites that they wish to opt out of online behavioral tracking. It is easily found in Firefox Preferences.

One problem I had with the upgrade is that it marked the Google Toolbar add-on as incompatible. Here is how to remedy that.

Add Nightly Tester Tools to Firefox. One of its benefits is that it allows turning off compatibility checking.

Now, to complete add-on compatibility overriding, add Add-on Compatibility Reporter. After you reboot this time. go to Tools > Add-ons and you will find extra buttons you can click, one of which is Compatibility. Clicking on that will turn off add-on compatibility, so you can once again use the add-on that Firefox 5.0 clobbered.

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2 Responses to “Firefox 5 is Now Available”

  1. 1 kenleland June 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I got Firefox 4 on my linux box last week only by upgrading my distribution of fedora from 13 to 15.
    The latest version of Firefox in the fc15 (latest fedora) is 4.0.1.
    I got Firefox 4 on my Mac on March 23rd.
    Their new rapid development plans certainly have been noticed by the casual user.

    • 2 ubuntulady June 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm

      I read that Firefox will now undergo 4 major releases per year, instead of one. I hope they can keep up with that.

      I got Firefox 5 by already running Ubuntu 11.04. I didn’t have to worry about locating the proper PPA. I’ve never gone the PPA route with Firefox, because it can mess up Liferea (a feed reader) and other software.

      Good to hear from you. 🙂

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