Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How to get a newer version of Iceweasel (aka Firefox) on your Debian box

I’m no Backports guru, though I’d like to become one. And squeeze-backports is still in its early stages and doesn’t yet have a newer version of Iceweasel, the renamed version of the Firefox web browser that ships with Debian.

So how do you get Iceweasel/Firefox 3.6 or even 4.0 on your Debian Squeeze, Lenny, Wheezy/Testing or Sid/Unstable box?

The Debian Mozilla team maintains a page at with easy-to-use drop-down menus that tell you exactly how to modify /etc/apt/sources.list (or create a new file that you could call mozilla.list to hold the new repository information in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/, which is what I’ve been doing for additional repositories to keep everything separated) and how to add the archive key to your apt keyring as well as install your newer Iceweasel browser.

The fact that you can continue to run Squeeze, or even Lenny, and have your stable base along with the latest Mozilla-created web browser is something I’m very, very interested in doing.

This page (and the service behind it) from the Debian Mozilla Team is yet another one of those community-driven things that makes Debian so great.