The Waterfox web browser is a 64-bit-only open source project based on Firefox.

I would like to see how is the performance compared to Firefox, apparently its better.

Being new to Linux, it's a challenge when it comes to packages that are not .deb. On the official site, Waterfox is provided as a .tar.bz2 file. How can I install Waterfox on Lubuntu 17.04 and also add an entry for it in my menu, under Internet, alongside Firefox?

  • extract the archive. there should be a readme file inside. what you need to do depends on what is in the archive. – ravery Jul 12 '17 at 14:22
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    This should not have been closed. There is a way to install Waterfox using apt, but there is no way to leave an answer. – gracious1 Aug 29 '17 at 20:36
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    The OP expressed concern about installing from tarball, probably because he thought that was the only way to do it, but there is in fact a repository that he could use. – gracious1 Aug 29 '17 at 20:45

There is an unofficial repository from which you can download and install Waterfox using apt.

  1. Add the repository to your sources:

    echo "deb https://dl.bintray.com/hawkeye116477/waterfox-deb release main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
  2. Add the public key:

    curl https://bintray.com/user/downloadSubjectPublicKey?username=hawkeye116477 | sudo apt-key add -
  3. Now update packages and install:

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install waterfox

    If you have problems, you may need to install some dependencies because the developers used the latest version of the GNU Standard C++ Lib, which isn't available on some systems. (I had to do this manually in 14.04. YMMV.)

    Possible step:

    sudo apt-get install libgcc1 libstdc++6
  4. Run waterfox at the prompt. Voila!

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    The repository was recently changed; I change the URLs involved to reflect this. – gracious1 Sep 2 '17 at 18:47
tar -xvjf ./waterfox.tar.bz2 
cd ./waterfox

Using this method Waterfox is running now and it imports all of the settings from Firefox, Great!

Will do some benchmarks later to see how it compares to FF although it feels faster.

Now to figure out how to add shortcuts to the Lubuntu menu...

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