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The Simple Guide to Using Ubuntuzilla

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http://feedproxy.google.com – After how well my article on installing Thunderbird 3 was received, I was planning on writing a follow up article on how to install the latest version of Firefox. The thing is, I would of mostly been repeating myself. We used Ubuntuzilla to install Thunderbird 3, and we can also use it to install the latest versions of Firefox and Seamonkey. What Ubuntuzilla does is it downloads the latest version of the Mozilla program from the website, compiles it for you, and gives you the choice of getting notified when a new update is released. Installing Ubuntuzilla: echo "deb http://switch.dl.sourceforge.net/project/ubuntuzilla/apt all main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list > /dev/null && sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com C1289A29 && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntuzilla The command above will add the Ubuntuzilla software source and key, will update your system and will then install Ubuntuzilla. Installing and Removing Programs To install the latest version of Firefox, Thunderbird or Seamonkey, use the following command. Replace the bolded part with the name of the program you want to install. ubuntuzilla.py -a install -p firefox So for example, if you want to install the latest version of Seamonkey, you would change "firefox" to "seamonkey". Simple as that. To remove a program you installed using Ubuntuzilla you use the command below. Just like the first command above, replace the bolded part with the name of the program you wish to remove. ubuntuzilla.py -a remove -p firefox There are some prompts that show up when you install a program using Ubuntuzilla. If you wish to see some, check out the Thunderbird 3 article for some examples. Updating Installed Programs When you install a program using Ubuntuzilla, at the end of the series of prompts you will be asked if you wish to enable automatic update checking. I recommend enabling it, but you can always enable it later. ubuntuzilla.py -a checkforupdategui -p firefox Whenever an update is available, you will get notified by Ubuntuzilla using a desktop notification. Removing Ubuntuzilla: To remove Ubuntuzilla you need to: sudo apt-get remove --purge ubuntuzilla && crontab -e (HowTos)