How to install Firefox 114 on Ubuntu / LinuxMint

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Mozilla has released Firefox 114, the latest version of its popular web browser. The new release includes a number of new features and improvements and in this tutorial, I will show you how to install Firefox 114 on Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

Why Firefox?

  • Enhanced Performance
  • Enhanced Privacy and Security
  • New Features and UI Improvements

Firefox 114 Changelog

  • DNS over HTTPS (DoH) support: DoH is a new security feature that encrypts DNS queries, making it more difficult for third parties to track your browsing activity. Firefox 114 now supports DoH by default, and you can also choose to use it with specific websites.
  • FIDO2 support: FIDO2 is a new authentication standard that uses hardware-based security keys to make it more difficult to hack your accounts. Firefox 114 now supports FIDO2, and you can use it to sign in to websites and services.
  • Improved performance: Firefox 114 is faster than previous versions, thanks to a number of performance improvements. These improvements include better memory management, faster startup times, and improved rendering performance.
  • Bug fixes: Firefox 114 also includes a number of bug fixes. These fixes address issues with performance, stability, and security.

Download Firefox 114 today and experience the latest in web browsing technology!

Install Firefox 114 On Ubuntu / Linux Mint via PPA

Step 1: Add the official PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/ppa

Step 2: Update the repos and install Firefox 114

sudo apt update && sudo apt install -t "o=LP-PPA-mozillateam" firefox

Create a file under /etc/apt/preferences.d and write the below rules to avoid overriding the PPA with the built-in snap package

# Prefer Firefox package from Mozillateam PPA

Package: firefox*
Pin: release o=LP-PPA-mozillateam
Pin-Priority: 501

Install Firefox 114 On Ubuntu / Linux Mint via Source File

Step 1: Open a terminal window.

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Step 2: Run the following command to download the latest Firefox installer

wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/114/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-114.tar.bz2

Step 3: Once the installer has been downloaded, extract it with the following command

sudo tar -xf firefox-114.tar.bz2  -C  /opt/

Step 4: Create a symbolic link to the Firefox executable file

ln -s /opt/firefox firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

Step 5: Open a new terminal window and run the following command to start Firefox:

firefox

Firefox 114 will now start. You can now use it to browse the web.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Firefox 114 is a solid release that brings a number of useful new features and improvements. The addition of DNS over HTTPS is a major security win, and the support for FIDO2 is a welcome addition for users who want to improve the security of their online accounts.

Overall, Firefox 114 is a worthy upgrade for anyone who uses the browser.

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