Upgrading to Firefox 3.0 (Release) on Ubuntu 8.04

It’s Firefox 3.0 release day (well, if you factor in the lack of understanding of timezones, to be fair – New Zealanders should have been downloading it yesterday) – anyway, mini soapbox aside, there seems to be a lack of simple instructions as to how to update Firefox on Ubuntu 8.04 from the version 3 beta to the release version – so I thought I’d do the foot (finger?) work for you…

It’s Firefox 3.0 release day (well, if you factor in the lack of understanding of timezones, to be fair – New Zealanders should have been downloading it yesterday) – anyway, mini soapbox aside, there seems to be a lack of simple instructions as to how to update Firefox on Ubuntu 8.04 from the version 3 beta to the release version – so I thought I’d do the foot (finger?) work for you…

As always, do a backup, YMMV – this is a guide not a guarantee…

  1. First off you’ll need to grab the release version of Firefox from here
  2. Save the file to your Ubuntu box
  3. Shut down all instances of Firefox you may have running
  4. From a terminal window enter the following:
  5. sudo tar -C /opt -jxvf firefox-3.0b2.tar.bz2

  6. Start Firefox again and check things worked by looking at ‘Help > About’