Re: Firefox not showing in Applications menus
On 07/12/2008 10:40 PM, Bret Busby wrote:
Firstly, I have (or, I understood that I have) both Firefox and
Iceweasel installed. I wanted to try Firefox (separate to Iceape and
Iceweasel), to find whether it had greater stability and security than
Iceape and Iceweasel.
I recommend removing Iceweasel if possible.
You're no doubt confused that invoking 'firefox' brings up another
'iceweasel' window, but that is how Firefox normally works. If Firefox
is already running, invoking 'firefox' again contacts the currently
running instance and tells it to show another browser window. Since
Iceweasel is Firefox, they use the same communication protocol and will
communicate with each other readily--even if that's unintended by you.
You don't need to create a menu entry for firefox; instead you can
create a shortcut. Both KDE and Gnome allow you to create shortcuts in
folders of your choosing. In Gnome I have a ~/Desktop/Shortcuts folder
that contains shortcuts to my favorite programs. The same folder works
for KDE also.
If you wish to keep both Iceweasel and Firefox on your system, create a
separate profile for Firefox so that the two programs don't
clobber/corrupt your profile data. Although the programs are essentially
the same, slight differences in their bugs could lead to profile data
loss. Anyway, the crashes and other problems you experienced earlier
with Iceweasel may well have been due to a corrupted profile, so
starting with a clean profile for Firefox is a good idea.
It's also a good idea to back up your profile folder regularly. I use
a 'crontab' script to backup mine. Good luck.