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I'd like to fetch and install old FF16 instead of FF17 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server.

Currently FF17 is default. FF17 is incompatible with Selenium 2.26 http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13600247/unable-to-run-selenium-suite-on-firefox-17

How one can install an old version of Firefox with apt-get? Can one pindown this version so that it is not automatically updated?

Also if there exists a static FF16 installation available it is a solution.

apt-cache policy firefox
firefox:
  Installed: 17.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.1
  Candidate: 17.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.1
  Version table:
 *** 17.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 0
        500 http://dk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main Packages
        500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-security/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     3.6.3+nobinonly-0ubuntu4 0
        500 http://dk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/main Packages
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For me the issue was solved using the following steps:

  1. download Firefox from Mozialla:
    cd ~/Downloads
    wget http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/16.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-16.0.tar.bz2
  2. for single-user installation:
    1. unpack the archive within my home directory:
      mkdir -p ~/bin/firefox-16
      cd ~/bin/firefox-16
      tar -xjf ~/Downloads/firefox-16.0.tar.bz2
    2. Create a symlink to my ~/bin directory:
      ln -s ~/bin/firefox-16/firefox ~/bin/firefox
    3. I did that long time ago already, for you the step might be missing: open your ~/.profile and make sure to have ~/bin at the beginning of your $PATH:
      # set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
      if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then
      PATH="$HOME/bin:$PATH"
      fi
  3. For global installation, simply use the same steps as root, but replace the locations:
    • unpack to /usr/local/bin/firefox-16
    • symlink: ls -l /usr/local/bin/firefox-16/firefox /usr/local/bin/firefox

For the global installation, no update of profiles should be required, as /usr/local/bin should already be in the $PATH. In both cases it is important this new path precedes /usr/bin (i.e. the new path should come before it), so the manually installed firefox is found first.

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Looks like Mozilla's FTP has older Firefox versions available:

http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/16.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/

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You can grab an older Version from here:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/firefox.mirror/files/?source=navbar

And then you might go on like described here:

http://askubuntu.com/a/35756/112610

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