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Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Wed, 22 Jun 2011

If you’re running Iceweasel 4.0.1 from mozilla.debian.net, change your sources to Iceweasel 5.0

I don’t exactly keep tabs on what’s happening at Mozilla with Firefox/Iceweasel, but I came across this ZDNet article: Attention Firefox 4.x users - Firefox 5.0 is your security update by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes.

The short version is that Mozilla is continuing development for Firefox not in the 4.0.x series but in 5.x. So there will presumably be no security updates past 4.0.1, which is what I’m running now from the Debian Mozilla Team’s repository. (For those new to Debian, the Firefox web browser has been renamed Iceweasel — get it??? — in order to avoid the copyrighted Firefox name and branding; the same is true for Thunderbird/Icedove, Seamonkey/Iceape, and Sunbird/Iceowl.)

So I went into my sources.list and changed the relevant line


deb http://mozilla.debian.net/ squeeze-backports iceweasel-4.0


deb http://mozilla.debian.net/ squeeze-backports iceweasel-5.0

Then run the following to update (assuming you’ve already installed a version of Iceweasel from the Debian Mozilla Team repository; if not, begin here) — again, I’m using sudo, which I recommend over su to root:

$ sudo aptitude update
$ sudo aptitude upgrade

(In my case, I’m not shoving all my external repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list. This particular line lives in the file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mozilla.list.

Minutes later: I’m now running Iceweasel 5.0, as you can see in the screen-grab from my Debian Squeeze system. I don’t think I ran Iceweasel 4.0.x enough to grasp all the changes from 3.6.x, so now that I’m in 5.x it’s just about as “new” and vaguely “improved.” I can tell you that two add-ons I use (Firebug and Web Developer) seem to work fine with 5.0.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 00:13:20

Quote: I don’t exactly keep tabs on what’s happening at Mozilla with Firefox/Iceweasel, but I came across this ZDNet article: Attention Firefox 4.x users - Firefox 5.0 is your security update by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes.

Assuming you’ve missed the ZDNet article, which i’ve never came across (and I’m running Iceweasel), then you’ll never know.

This by itself is a security risk.

Shouldn’t the repository be something like

deb http://mozilla.debian.net/ squeeze-backports iceweasel-stable

so that all new versions (or security updates) be automatically updated.

Debian seems to be more and more lacking - and all in the name of copyright crap. sigh!


Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 00:32:23

Au contraire, mon frère, being able to specify your application version in the repo line gives you the freedom to stick with 4.0.1 if you wish. You’re not forced into the upgrade if you don’t want it.

I’m still running two Debian Squeeze systems with Iceweasel 3.5.x, which is what ships with Squeeze.

Regarding the renaming of the Mozilla apps due to copyright issues, I’ve heard that this issue might be resolved at some point in the future, and when Wheezy goes Stable, Debian might be calling the app Firefox instead of Iceweasel.

I first encountered “Iceweasel” back in 2006 when I burned my first Knoppix disk. It didn’t take me too long to realize that it was Firefox under a different name.

Once you’re in the Debian world, you get used to it. I’ve had to change the “user-agent” line in the Iceweasel configuration a couple of times for pesky web-based applications. I haven’t needed to do that in a while, though.

I know others are more excited than I am about a Firefox-named browser coming back into Debian. I really don’t care one way or another as long as it works (and it does).


Friday, June 24, 2011 - 15:17:37

I have had my encounter with iceweasel many years ago and I have to agree with Ice here. It should automatically change! Using a version that is old is a securityrisk! Why should you want to kling onto an old version?


Monday, June 27, 2011 - 08:50:31

Thanks for sharing. I needed to do: sudo apt-get install iceweasel to force to upgrade.