How To Setup And Configure Mozilla Firefox on Ubuntu 16.04
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However, everytime I need to check a web page as a web developer, I use Firefox. Because Firefox is the most reliable browser and the most compatible with W3C standards. Additionally, Java plugin will run in Firefox, but it is not supported in Chrome anymore.
Mozilla Firefox is installed by default on Ubuntu 16.04 Here is how I configured my Firefox:
- menu → Preferences
- menu → Add-ons
Here I set Downloads folder
Here I set "Clear history when Firefox closes" (available on Desktop and Firefox for Android)
and from "Settings" button:
This setting can be considered excessive. But it is necessary (imho) at least in laptops, smartphones and tablets. If you use Cloud Storage services and the portable device is lost or stolen, it is critical (in terms of security) these applications to require from the user to provide logins.
Use Firefox Sync to synchronize Bookmarks etc
I prefer to NOT save/sync passwords.
This is the Add-ons Manager: Extensions just after Basic setup
I setup only Firebug (useful for web development):
Add-ons: Plugins: Java plugin
You need Java plugin in websites which use Java applets.
If you use OpenJDK
sudo apt-get install icedtea-7-plugin
For version 8:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-fonville/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install icedtea-8-plugin
Oracle JDK plugin
If you use Oracle JDK (like me), locate libnpjp2.so and make a symbolic link to mozilla plugins. In my case:
mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins cd ~/.mozilla/plugins ln -s /opt/jdk1.8.0_92/jre/lib/amd64/libnpjp2.so .
As the plugin is not commonly used, I set “Ask to activate” status.
Verify using one of
Add-ons: Plugins: Adobe Flash Plugin (Shockwave Flash)
It is installed by default, but it is an old outdated version.
Adobe has stopped support of Adobe Flash for Linux, but recently revived Flash for Firefox again. See this post.
So, enable the multiverse repository
sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer
Google Chrome has its own integrated Flash Plugin, which I prefer to use. So, I set “Ask to activate” status in Firefox.
Verify using one of
So, this is the Add-ons Manager: Plugins just after Basic setup
and here is how I configured it:
Thank you, Firefox
for your tweet:
@CPontikis Thanks for writing a detailed setup guide w/ screenshots! 😃 -NY— Firefox 🦊🌍 (@firefox) January 6, 2017
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