Firefox 50 Released – Install on RedHat and Debian Based Systems
Finally, Firefox version 50 has been released on November 15, 2016, for all major OS e.g. Linux (32/64 bit), Mac OSX, Windows and Android. The binary package are now available for download for Linux (POSIX) systems, grab desired one and enjoy the browsing with new features added to it.
What’s new and What’s fixed
- Better performance for SDK extensions or extensions using the SDK module loader.
- Added download protection for executable file types on Linux.
- Added a built-in Emoji set for all operating systems.
- Changes for web developers.
- Various important security fixes
New Firefox has also added a lots of new interesting features to Android as well. So, don’t wait, just grab the latest Firefox for android from Google Play Store and have fun.
Install Firefox 50 in Linux Systems
Ubuntu 16.10/16.04, 15.10/15.04 and 14.10/14.04 will always get the latest version of Firefox via default Ubuntu’s update channel – no need to add additional PPA or download binary packages manually to install, but those who are not able to get latest version from default redepositors or using older versions of Ubuntu, they can follow the below instructions to get the new version of Firefox.
Here, we are moving ahead with installation using binary packages and it will be applicable to all major Linux distributions. I have a 32 bit system, So I am going to download Firefox for my 32 bit OS from the Firefox download page at.
Alternatively, you may also grab the binary package for your system architecture using following ‘wget‘ command.
For 32-Bit OS
$ wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/50.0/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-50.0.tar.bz2
For 64-Bit OS
$ wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/50.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-50.0.tar.bz2
After downloading, extract it to a desired directory.
$ tar xvf firefox-50.0.tar.bz2
Next, move to extracted directory.
$ cd firefox
Now, check the version of already installed Firefox and get the extract location of binary command.
$ firefox -V Mozilla Firefox 49.0
$ which firefox /usr/bin/firefox
Now, you have two options, one you can remove existing version and another, if you want to keep both versions. Here, we are keeping two versions. So, I’ll rename existing version and link original one to new instance.
Note: Make sure to execute following commands as a root user or a user with sudo privileges.
# mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox-old # ln -s /full-path/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox OR $ sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox-old $ sudo ln -s /full-path/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox
Finally, verify the newly installed Firefox and launch it from command-line or from taskbar as normal user.
$ /usr/bin/firefox $ firefox -V Mozilla Firefox 50.0
Note: Your old version of Firefox is still out there. If you want to use it, simply run ‘firefox-old‘ command from a terminal to launch it.
Note : You can also install Firefox with package manager called ‘yum‘ or ‘dnf‘ for Centos/Fedora/RHEL and ‘apt-get‘ for Ubuntu based distributions. But, the available version may be little older.