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Install the New Menu Button UI Version of Firefox in Ubuntu

Do you want access to the streamlined menu button UI that has been available on the Windows version of Firefox for a bit now? All that you need to do to get it is add a new PPA to your software sources.

Note: You can also see the new Panorama Feature Button in the red outlined area in the image above.

To add the new PPA open the Ubuntu Software Center, go to the Edit Menu, and select Software Sources. Access the Other Software Tab in the Software Sources Window and add the first PPA shown below (outlined in red). Adding the first PPA on our system automatically added the second one in for us afterwards.

Once you have finished adding the new PPAs, check for software updates on your system and install them. At this point you will have the nightly builds for the 3.6.x version available on your system.

There is one more step that you will need to do in order to get access to the new UI. Open the Ubuntu Software Center and conduct a search for “Firefox 4.0”. Scroll down until you find the Firefox 4.0 entry shown here and install it.

Once the installation is complete go to your menu…you will now have access to two different versions of Firefox at the same time on your system. And yes, you can run both 3.6.x and 4.0 simultaneously!

Have fun with the new menu button UI on your Ubuntu system!

PPA for Ubuntu Mozilla Daily Build Team [via OMG! Ubuntu!]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/23/10

Comments (3)

  1. Jonneh

    For some reason this isn’t working for me. I added the PPA’s and encountered no problems, but searching for Firefox 4.0 in the software center doesn’t bring up anything.

  2. AsianAngel

    @Jonneh – Did the nightly build for 3.6.x (most likely 3.6.13) show up after running/checking for software updates? That should have shown up at the minimum…

  3. Jonneh

    My mistake, I had maverick capitalized in my sources list so it was getting 404’d when I tried to run a check in the update manager.

    I’m not sure I’ll be using this, but it’s neat to have. The minefield would be one of the main attractions for me to use it, but I’m not sure it can justify me trying to move my bookmarks over to it from Chrome.
    Also, while the new UI is sleeker and seems smaller than the previous version of firefox, Chrome still has it beat for smaller UI size. If I keep my bookmarks bar shown all the time AND use my systems title bar and borders for Chrome (disabled by default), it just about matches the size of this version of firefoxs default UI.

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