Please do not mistake this for another post resembling installing Firefox 4.0 beta..I have no intention of that.

What I meant to ask was in Febrary or possibly march Firefox 4.0 will be officially released. Would the official repositories update to the latest version or should I install add the mozilla daily ppa to do this?

I am very keen on installing the latest version of firefox 4.o when it releases. The firefox website only provides .tar.bz2 files which means I need to compile from source. Hence the question if the official repository updates to firefox 4.0.


Ubuntu 11.04 will release with Firefox 4.0. However, other supported Ubuntu releases will remain with Firefox 3.6 in the medium term. When Firefox 3.6 approaches end-of-life, the other supported Ubuntu releases will be upgraded to the latest version of Firefox, although this may not be 4.0.

For those Ubuntu releases, we will provide semi-official packages of Firefox 4.0 in a PPA.

  • Thank you very much..coming from a ubuntu developer maintaining the firefox and thunderbird
    – nik90
    Jan 22 '11 at 12:14
  • Is there already a semi-official PPA?
    – Joschua
    Mar 10 '11 at 20:11

It will be available with the upcoming Ubuntu 11.04.

Also in previous versions I think you will be able to use a PPA from launchpad.

  • I am sure it will be included in ubuntu 11.04 as ubuntu always includes the latest stable version of firefox.
    – nik90
    Jan 22 '11 at 10:32

I seem to recall something about Ubuntu making a permanent exception to allow new firefox versions in the middle of upgrade cycles. If I'm remembering this correctly, then yes, it will be included, though there may be a delay from when the official Mozilla release happens.

  • I was thinking about this the other day. I remember hearing about this but couldn't remember if they said whether it was going to be during Maverick or not until Natty. Jan 22 '11 at 5:45
  • Oh that would be great if they introduce it official. In that way, it comes as an update automatically without the need for adding a PPA.
    – nik90
    Jan 22 '11 at 10:34
  • Could you confirm this answer, then I can mark it as the answer. thnx
    – nik90
    Jan 22 '11 at 10:41

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