Firefox 38.0.1 Fixes An Nvidia Optimus Crash, Among Others

The first point release of Firefox 38 (Firefox 38.0.1) has been recently released, bringing fixes for some Nvidia Optimus GPUs, fixes an error occurred when importing Google Chrome cookies, repaired the incorrect decoding of WebRTC H264 video streams and other fixes have been implemented.

Main features of Firefox 38.0:

  • a new Tab-based Preferences menus.
  • some special changes for developers.
  • a bunch of HTML5 improvements.
  • the autocomplete=off feature is no longer supported for username/password fields.

Firefox 38.1 Fixes An Nvidia Optimus Crash, Among Others

Installation instructions:

Mozilla does not provide a repository for its Firefox browser, but the installation steps are quite easy anyway and should not create difficulties on any Linux distribution.

The latest versions of Firefox are available as pre-compiled libraries via the Mozilla FTP, so we need to download the archive (i386 or i686 for 32 bit systems and amd64 or x86_64 for 64 bit systems), extract  it and run the firefox file. Also, it is advised to remove previous versions of Firefox, move Firefox to /opt and create a symlink, for an easier usage.

The below instructions should work on all the popular Linux systems, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pinguy OS, Elementary OS, Deepin, Peppermint, LXLE, Linux Lite, Debian, Robolinux, SparkyLinux, Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia, OpenMandriva, Arch Linux, Manjaro, ROSA Desktop etc.

How to install Firefox 38.0.1 on 32 bit Linux systems:

$ wget ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/38.0.1/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-38.0.1.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjvf firefox-38.0.1.tar.bz2
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/firefox*
$ sudo mv firefox /opt/firefox
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

To start Firefox, just open a terminal, type firefox and hit enter.

How to install Firefox 38.0.1 on 64 bit Linux systems:

$ wget ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/38.0.1/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-38.0.1.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjvf firefox-38.1.tar.bz2
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/firefox*
$ sudo mv firefox /opt/firefox
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

To start Firefox, just open a terminal, type firefox and hit enter.

 

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