Selecting the default browser
...Installation tips for Solaris/OpenSolaris
...Firefox Files
...Firefox Plugins
...Flash Player
...Java Plugin

Firefox is nice, but it's getting more and more heavy. So I tried and find other browsers...
Name Platform Text or GUI ? Supports SSL Supports Flash Comments
Firefox Windows, Linux (firefox-mozilla-build), Solaris (Mozilla, Solaris4you, SunFreeware), OpenSolaris (SUNWfirefox is installed by default, SFWfirefox is installed in /opt/sfw)
On Debian, add the ubuntuzilla keys to receive firefox and thunderbird updates:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com C1289A29    
sudo bash -c 'echo "deb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/
  ubuntuzilla/mozilla/apt all main" > 
sudo apt-get update    
sudo apt-get install firefox-mozilla-build
GUI Yes Yes Getting heavy but good
Lobo JavaGUI ? ? Bad Layout. To run it: java -jar lobo.jar.
Google Chrome Windows, LinuxGUIYesYesA few plugins
K-meleonWindowsGUIYes?No plugins, but supports Java
ConkerorLinux, WindowsGUI but Emacs shortcutsYesYesYes - Mozilla plugins

Selecting the default web browser

$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
There are 2 choices for the alternative x-www-browser (providing /usr/bin/x-www-browser).

  Selection    Path                       Priority   Status
  0            /usr/bin/chromium-browser   40        auto mode
  1            /usr/bin/chromium-browser   40        manual mode
  2            /usr/bin/firefox            40        manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 0


On Linux Mint:


Firefox: Solaris Installation Tips

Those notes are specific to Solaris
The bzip2 actually contains several packages that all install in /opt/sfw (cairo, pango, firefox...). In my case, actually, I only need the firefox package. However, so far, I haven't managed to get firefox3 working if I only install that package and move it to /opt/csw. Consequently, I have installed all required packages in /opt/sfw. This is a pity because some libraries are duplicated (cairo, pango...)

Firefox is installed in /opt/sfw:

/opt/sfw/bin/firefox <symbolic link>

Launch /opt/sfw/bin/firefox & and Firefox3 starts !

Those notes are for OpenSolaris only.
There are often two Firefox packages on OpenSolaris:
  • SUNWfirefox (etc): default release with OpenSolaris. Difficult to remove because of multiple dependencies.
  • SFWfirefox (SUN Freeware package), typically installed in /opt/sfw
To install,
  • Download package from mozilla
  • e.g: bzip2 -d firefox-8.0b6.en-US.opensolaris-i386-pkg.bz2
  • pfexec pkgadd -d firefox-8.0b6.en-US.opensolaris-i386-pkg
  • do a link between /opt/sfw/bin/firefox and /usr/bin/firefox
Those are notes for OpenIndiana: Use the package from mozilla: ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/21.0/contrib/solaris_pkgadd/ The default install location is /opt/sfw/lib/firefox.

Firefox files

Firefox bookmarks are backuped in the user's profile in bookmarkbackup directory as bookmarks-DATE.json.

Firefox plugins

  • FireFTP
  • AdBlock Plus
  • PDF Download
  • Disconnect
  • Flash Block
  • HTTPS Everywhere

Flash Player for Firefox

Solaris OpenSolaris 2008.11 OpenIndiana Debian Ubuntu
Yes. TODO Yes here Get an old flash player as the new ones are no longer supported. Then do a symbolic link in your own .mozilla/plugins.
$ ln -s /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/libflashplayer.so 
sudo mkdir /opt/firefox/plugins
sudo cp libflashplayer.so /opt/firefox/plugins/

To install a system-wide Flash Player for Firefox on Solaris:

  • Unzip it (e.g. bzip2 -d flash_player_9_solaris_x86.tar.bz2)
  • Untar it and put both files flashplayer.xpt and libflashplayer.so in /usr/lib/firefox/plugins (or /opt/sfw/lib/firefox/plugins depending on your version).
  • Restart firefox
  • Check a shockwave flash plugins is loaded in about:plugins
  • Check the plugin is okay with Adobe's online plugin test.

Firefox Java Plugin

To install the java plugin in Firefox3, copy (or link) the java plugin to the firefox3 plugins directory:
Solaris 10 OpenSolaris 2008.11 OpenIndianaDebian
/opt/sfw/lib/firefox3/plugins /usr/lib/firefox/plugins
cd ~/.mozilla/plugins
ln -s /path/to/JAVA HOME/lib/SPARC or i386/libnpjp2.so
For example,
cd /opt/sfw/lib/firefox/plugins
ln -s /usr/jdk/latest/plugin/i386/ns4/libjavaplugin.so .
On Debian:
ln -s INSTALLDIR/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so
To enable the Java Console menu item in the Tools menu:
cd /usr/lib/firefox-1.4/extensions
unzip /usr/java/jre1.6.0/lib/deploy/ffjcext.zip 


Opera Java Plugin

To configure the java plugin in Opera, locate libjava.so and put this path in Tools -> Preferences ->Advanced -> Content -> Java options.


On Linux Mint, package is chromium-browser.