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Upgrading to Firefox 1.5 in Ubuntu Linux

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I have a few OSes installed on my machine. But Ubuntu is the main distribution I use to do most of my work and Ubuntu breezy has included the web browser firefox 1.0.7 with it. One grouse I have about Ubuntu is the quality of the Firefox web browser bundled with it. I am not talking about the version number. But using firefox in Ubuntu has been a real bad experience. The browser is such a memory hog that at times, it has crashed on me when I am in the middle of sending an email. Also it doesn't render the fonts properly for certain web pages.

So I decided to find ways to upgrade the web browser to the latest version 1.5.Unfortunately, the Ubuntu repository doesn't yet have the latest build of this web browser and I had to search for other ways to upgrade the web browser.

That was when I came across this walk through at wiki.ubuntu.com . The basic steps outlined there for upgrading to Firefox 1.5 in Ubuntu breezy are as follows...

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