Bug in Ubuntu 10.04 causing Firefox crashes with NoScript

Giorgio Maone, author of NoScript, one of the most popular Firefox extensions, has blogged about several full session crashes experimented by NoScript users on just released Ubuntu 10.04, due to a bug in the xorg-server package.

According to Giorgio, there is already a patch for the bug but it’s not being pushed as an automatic update yet.

To get it, Ubuntu users must run the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bryceharrington/purple && apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

Giorgio also explains that NoScript interaction is just one of many ways a user could hit the bug. A crash can happen even without NoScript installed, reportedly.

Firefox in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

Last week, Canonical released the first Ubuntu 10.04 beta, code named Lucid Lynx, which among other important changes, introduces Ambience, the new default theme that replaces the venerable Human which gave Ubuntu its characteristic brown looks.

Here’s a peek at Firefox 3.6 running on Lucid. It looks native which is not the same as looking good. I think the problem is the default Tango icons were not updated to match the new dark title and menu bars.

Also, Yahoo! is the default Firefox search engine in fresh Ubuntu installs like the shown below.

UPDATED: Yahoo! to become Firefox’s default search engine on Ubuntu

According to a recent email by Canonical’s Rick Spencer in the Ubuntu development mailing list, Canonical is planning to change Firefox’s default search provider to Yahoo! starting with forthcoming Lucid Lynx, due in April.

The change will also change the default home page from the current Ubuntu customized Google search page to a Yahoo! home page.

The post emphasizes that previous user choices of search engines will be respected, so the change will apply for new users only (new installations, or new local users).

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The Ubuntu community challenges the Firefox EULA

When Firefox Mac and Windows users install Firefox, they are prompted with a screen to accept the End-User License Agreement. As usual, we don’t read a thing, assume everything is OK and just do whatever necessary to have it installed and be done with it.

Here’s the EULA.

Ubuntu (and about every Linux distribution) ships with Firefox already installed so users are not prompted with the EULA at any time. Mozilla wants Ubuntu 8.10 (due next month) to include a patch to display the EULA on its first run to ensure users sign the EULA, which as said before doesn’t mean most of them will actually read it. Instead, most of them, will just click on whatever they need to.

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