FIX: Firefox 3.6 not starting in Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha (Lucid Lynx)

I got Firefox 3.6 in a Lucid alpha update on 27 January. The problem is that it wouldn’t start. I tried it with a new profile, which made it work. So I ran firefox with the -safe-mode argument and disabled all add-ons. Then in firefox, I tried each add-on to figure out which one’s weren’t working, and left them disabled.

To do this, open up a console and run the following:

firefox -safe-mode

You’ll see the following dialog box:

Select the first checkbox (Disable all add-ons), and press the Make Changes and Restart button.

When Firefox starts up, go into the Tools->Add-ons menu. And try enabling each add-on and restarting firefox. If it starts, then the add-on is working. If it isn’t, run firefox in safe-mode and disable the last add-on you enabled.

In my case, Adblock Plus, Better Gmail 2, Better GReader, Firebug, FoxyProxy, Ghostery, HttpFox, NoScript, Nuke Anything Enhanced, and User Agent Switcher were working. DownThemAll, Greasemonkey, and Stylish were not.

Screenshot showing the add-ons I had to disable

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Thunderbird 3.0 is officially available!

thunderbird logo

Mozilla have released the new major version of Thunderbird. It has huge improvements in the interface. First of all, the inboxes of all your mail accounts are grouped together and they’ve been moved to the top. You can also view a collated list of emails from all your accounts by clicking on the top level Inbox.

Gmail users will love this version of Thunderbird. Setting up a new Gmail account is as simple as entering your username and password. You can see all your tagged emails in separate folders too.

The POP3/IMAP account setup process has also been totally simplified where it asks you to enter just the email address and password, then tries determine the server information from that. Even when it can’t autodetect the server, it populates most of the information in the manual setup window.

The main user interface is now tabbed like firefox. opening an email now shows it in a new tab instead of a new window. Search results are also displayed in a new tab.

The search feature is one of the most improved features in Thunderbird 3.0. The search results look similar to a web search with the title and summary of each email matching your search. Additionally it also allows you filter the search results based on a number of criteria, all without having to rerun the search.

And last but not least, being a sister-product to firefox, it has a huge number of add-ons.

All in all it’s a great email client. Its available for Linux, Windows and Mac. Get it at Mozilla Messaging.

What to do if Firefox no longer starts after installing a rogue add-on

If Firefox no longer starts up after you installed an add-on, what you can do is start Firefox in safe mode and just disable that add on.

To do this, open up a console and run the following:

firefox -safe-mode

You’ll see the following dialog box:

Press the Continue in Safe Mode button. Once Firefox has started up, go to the Tools->Add-ons menu and disable the one you just installed. Click the Restart Firefox button, and it should start up fine again.

Mozilla Ubiquity

Mozilla ubiquity gives you a command line interface to the web, but how useful is it?

Mozilla Ubiquity is another little project in progress over at Mozilla Labs. It provides a command line interface to the web… well a very small part of it anyway. They released an early alpha version a couple of days ago so I thought I’ll give it a go.

It comes as a Firefox extension that currently works in Windows, OSX (requiring another software download) and partially in Linux. Once you’ve installed the extension you can press ctrl+space to call up a little console. Continue reading “Mozilla Ubiquity”

Mozilla Snowl: Is there really a gap for it to fill?

There are desktop email and feed readers and there are web based feed aggregators. Where does Snowl fit in, and does it provide additional value?

Mozilla have a new project brewing in their labs called Snowl. It is supposed to be An Experiment with Messaging in the Browser

They call it a conversing tool. Its purpose is to help us follow and participate online discussions by helping us keep track of all our conversations.
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Firefox 3 launches with a world record

With 8,002,530 Firefox enters the Guiness Book of World Records for “largest number of
software downloads in 24 hours.” All is not great though

With 8,002,530 Firefox enters the Guiness Book of World Records for “largest number of
software downloads in 24 hours.” Continue reading “Firefox 3 launches with a world record”

Trying out Firefox 3 rc1

On my almost green 1.5GHz VIA computer running linux you can immediately tell that firefox 3 rc1 is a lot more responsive than Firefox 2. The problem is though it doesn’t have support for some of the my Web Development plugins, namely Firbug, HTML Validator and Web Developer.

On my almost green 1.5GHz VIA computer running linux you can immediately tell that firefox 3 rc1 is a lot more responsive than Firefox 2. The problem is though it doesn’t have support for some of the my Web Development plugins, namely Firbug, HTML Validator and Web Developer. I know beta versions of these are available for firefox 3, but I’m feeling a little lazy now to hunt them down and install them. It’ll take more clicks than I’m willing to spare right now! 🙂
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Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 1: Web Access & Communication

As linux gets more popular, people are asking which applications they can use for browsing the web, office productivity and graphics and video editing etc. Part 1 covers applications Web access and communication.

Despite of being around for years, adoption of GNU/Linux based operating systems in the mainstream desktop has been slow. But now it is getting more coverage thanks to distributions such as Ubuntu, and for being included with some new computers from manufacturers such as Dell.

More people are asking what can I run on it, and what do I use for writing documents, editing photos etc. In this series of articles I will cover a number of common use applications that should be relevant to most people. I’ll start with the mostly used applications in todays average computer. Continue reading “Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 1: Web Access & Communication”