How to Install Firefox on FunOS

What is Firefox?

Firefox is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, Mozilla Corporation. It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and mobile operating systems including Android and iOS.

Key Features of Firefox

  1. Privacy and Security: Firefox has robust privacy features, including tracking protection, private browsing mode, and regular updates to address security vulnerabilities.
  2. Customization: Users can customize Firefox with themes, extensions, and toolbar modifications to suit their needs.
  3. Performance: Known for its fast browsing speed and efficient memory usage, Firefox aims to provide a smooth and responsive user experience.
  4. Open Source: As an open-source project, its source code is available for anyone to inspect, modify, and enhance, fostering a community-driven development process.
  5. Cross-Platform Sync: Firefox Sync allows users to synchronize their bookmarks, history, passwords, and open tabs across multiple devices.
  6. Developer Tools: Firefox offers a suite of tools for web developers, including an advanced debugger, responsive design mode, and network monitoring tools.
  7. Privacy-Focused Initiatives: Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, is known for advocating for user privacy and open internet standards, often integrating these values into the browser’s features.

History and Development

  • Initial Release: Firefox was first released in 2002 under the name “Phoenix,” later changed to “Firebird,” and finally to “Firefox” in 2004.
  • Growth and Popularity: It gained rapid popularity for its speed, security, and customizability, becoming a major competitor to Internet Explorer in the mid-2000s.
  • Continuous Evolution: Firefox undergoes regular updates to improve performance, security, and user experience, keeping up with modern web standards and technologies.

Usage

Firefox is widely used by individuals who value its emphasis on privacy and security, as well as by developers who benefit from its comprehensive developer tools. It’s also popular among users who appreciate open-source software and want to support the principles of an open web.

firefox
Firefox

How to Install Firefox on FunOS

Note: On FunOS, Firefox ESR is actually installed by default. But if you want Firefox with the latest features, you can try the tutorial in this article.

Installing Firefox on FunOS can be done using several methods. Here are the most common ways:

Method 1: Installing via PPA

1. Open a Terminal

2. Add the Mozilla Team PPA:

Mozilla Team PPA is added to FunOS by default. You don’t need to add. But if you accidentally delete it, you can add it again with the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/ppa

3. Update your package list:

sudo apt update

4. Configure APT to prioritize packages from the Mozilla Team PPA:

echo '
Package: *
Pin: release o=LP-PPA-mozillateam
Pin-Priority: 1001
' | sudo tee /etc/apt/preferences.d/mozillateam

5. Install Firefox:

sudo apt install firefox

6. Click the menu in the bottom left corner of the screen. Next, click the Reload menu. The objective is to display Firefox in the menu.

click reload menu
Click Reload menu

Method 2: Installing from the Mozilla Repositories (recommended)

1. Open a Terminal

2. Create a directory to store APT repository keys if it doesn’t exist:

sudo install -d -m 0755 /etc/apt/keyrings

3. Import the Mozilla APT repository signing key:

wget -q https://packages.mozilla.org/apt/repo-signing-key.gpg -O- | sudo tee /etc/apt/keyrings/packages.mozilla.org.asc > /dev/null

4. The fingerprint should be 35BAA0B33E9EB396F59CA838C0BA5CE6DC6315A3. You may check it with the following command:

gpg -n -q --import --import-options import-show /etc/apt/keyrings/packages.mozilla.org.asc | awk '/pub/{getline; gsub(/^ +| +$/,""); if($0 == "35BAA0B33E9EB396F59CA838C0BA5CE6DC6315A3") print "\nThe key fingerprint matches ("$0").\n"; else print "\nVerification failed: the fingerprint ("$0") does not match the expected one.\n"}'

5. Next, add the Mozilla APT repository to your sources list:

echo "deb [signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/packages.mozilla.org.asc] https://packages.mozilla.org/apt mozilla main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mozilla.list > /dev/null

6. Configure APT to prioritize packages from the Mozilla repository:

echo '
Package: *
Pin: origin packages.mozilla.org
Pin-Priority: 1000
' | sudo tee /etc/apt/preferences.d/mozilla

7. Update your package list and install the Firefox .deb package:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install firefox

8. Click the menu in the bottom left corner of the screen. Next, click the Reload menu. The objective is to display Firefox in the menu.

click reload menu
Click Reload menu

Launching Firefox

After the installation is complete, you can launch Firefox by typing firefox in the terminal or by searching for “Firefox” in the applications menu.

firefox menu
Firefox menu

How to Uninstall Firefox on FunOS

Uninstalling Firefox on FunOS is straightforward and can be done using the terminal. Here are the steps to follow:

To uninstall Firefox from your FunOS system, follow these steps based on the method you used to install it.

Uninstall Firefox Installed via PPA

1. Open a Terminal

2. Remove Firefox:

sudo apt remove --purge firefox

3. Remove any unused dependencies:

sudo apt autoremove --purge

4. Remove Mozilla Team APT preference file (optional):

sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences.d/mozillateam

5. Click the menu in the bottom left corner of the screen. Next, click the Reload menu. The objective is to remove Firefox from the menu.

click reload menu
Click Reload menu

Uninstall Firefox Installed from the Mozilla Repositories

1. Open a Terminal

2. Remove Firefox:

sudo apt remove --purge firefox

3. Remove any unused dependencies:

sudo apt autoremove --purge

4. Remove the repository, key, and Mozilla APT preference file (optional):

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mozilla.list

sudo rm /etc/apt/keyrings/packages.mozilla.org.asc

sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences.d/mozilla

5. Update the package lists:

sudo apt update

6. Click the menu in the bottom left corner of the screen. Next, click the Reload menu. The objective is to remove Firefox from the menu.

click reload menu
Click Reload menu

Conclusion

Installing Firefox on FunOS is straightforward, with several methods to choose from based on your preferences. Whether you use the PPA or Mozilla repositories, you’ll be able to get Firefox up and running quickly.

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