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Date Posted:12/12/2014 12:26 AMCopy HTML

I have a tendency to hang onto Linux systems for a while, sometimes to the point of manually upgrading core packages as long as I can before I actually jump into a new version. At the present time I am still running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on the "Black Ferrari" performance Linux machine I built almost 8 years ago (it doesn't seem to be that long, but it has been), and since the machine has been offline for a good while, it still had Firefox 19 on it -- until a couple of hours ago. I installed Firefox 34.0.5 on it after verifying the critical dependencies and recommended libraries for non-critical deps, and much to my surprise it runs fine. All the plugins updated and all bookmarks, etc. migrated over from FF 19 without problems.

I did not use a source tarball from Mozilla but instead installed from a .deb package I got from Sourceforge:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ubuntuzilla/files/mozilla/apt/pool/main/f/firefox-mozilla-build/

The reason I have kept 10.04 LTS so long as because I don't really like much of what came afterwards... in my opinion the phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies quite well to pre-Unity, pre-Gnome 3 Ubuntu. The next time I do a Linux system upgrade, it'll likely be a move to Linux Mint, probably the Cinnamon version.

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Re:Firefox 34.0.5 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Date Posted:12/13/2014 5:05 PMCopy HTML

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I been  think about installing Linux Mint. How different is it to Ubuntu. I read that it have very user friendly Desktop.

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Re:Firefox 34.0.5 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Date Posted:12/13/2014 11:15 PMCopy HTML

Mint is much more like the old Ubuntu used to be. The desktop environment is very user friendly and it also comes with more built-in codecs for multimedia. You might still have to get a few codecs sooner or later for some file types, but you're not dropped into a substantially codec-bare new install that won't play anything but .wav, .ogg, and .ogv files out of the box. I recommend using VLC Media Player for most video file types.

I have a couple of Ubuntu systems running Unity, but even with all the improvements they've made to it, I still find an "old fashioned" menu driven system with icons and dropdowns to be much more usable and faster to navigate. My need for a full featured traditional computer isn't going away any time soon, regardless of the wishes of the consumer tech industry, which wants us all to use tablets and smartphones filled with "apps" that hawk "in-app purchases" at every opportunity.

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