Installion Qs. Relocate Firefox? Set 10FFx for automatic open?

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27 Aug, 2012 05:46 PM

Installation questions.
1. From the FAQ and other info, looks like all I have to do is unzip 10FFx and install? Will installing 10FFx automatically override or supercede Firefox, assimilating my bookmarks, email, etc ? Do I need to relocate the Firefox app after installating 10FFx? Do you recommend keeping Firefox on the system rather than deleting it?

  1. Is it okay to set 10FFx to open at Log in? If so, and yet I find I have plug-In problems, will holding down the Option key while the computer boots up still work?


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 28 Aug, 2012 02:12 AM

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    In order:

    • Yes, you just unzip it, and copy the application to wherever you want it (such as your Applications folder).

    • It will not overwrite Firefox, but it will take over its old settings and bookmarks. Be careful, because as Firefox 3.6 ages it will may no longer be fully compatible with TenFourFox, and this can cause problems for both browsers. If you want a fallback browser, I would use Camino instead, which is the same engine as Firefox 3.6. I would not recommend running Firefox again after you have started using TenFourFox unless you absolutely have to (and you can safely delete it if you like).

    (If that is a concern for you, you can backup the Application Support/Firefox folder, and this will preserve your old Firefox 3.6 data if you decide you want to return to Firefox 3.6.)

    • Yes, you can set TenFourFox to open at login (in fact, I do this myself). You can hold down the option key for safe mode as it starts at login, but the problem is this might interfere with other applications that are starting. I wouldn't recommend making it open at login until you are pretty sure it won't cause you any problems.
  2. 2 Posted by arienne ellis on 28 Aug, 2012 04:02 AM

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    Thanks for shining light on the details, Cameron. Much appreciated.

  3. 3 Posted by Don on 31 Aug, 2012 05:33 PM

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    Let me recommend that if you are using a Mac with Power PC (PPC) to strip out Intel stuff from TenFourFox once it is installed. Conversely, if your Mac has an Intel chip, strip out the PPC stuff. Saves disk space. There are programs out there that will do this for you.

    Support staff, what is your take on doing this.

    Thanks for the recommendation to dump Firefox 3.6.28.

    My concern is, will TenFourFox eventually abandon the G3?

  4. 4 Posted by Don on 31 Aug, 2012 05:46 PM

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    As to my earlier post, I was referring to stripping out Intel stuff from Firefox, not TenFourFox.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 04 Sep, 2012 10:11 AM

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    Don, one of your posts ended up in our spam sieve, my apologies. Personally, I don't think it's necessary to strip apps since disk space nowadays isn't that much of an issue. You wouldn't gain much space, anyway. Also I'm a bit sceptical about the damage these automatic programs might do. As for the G3 compatibility, I don't know of any plans to drop it, but this is Cameron's field.

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 04 Sep, 2012 01:52 PM

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    I have no plans to drop G3 compatibility in the near term. However, there may be a higher minimum memory requirement since we are moving to a new compiler soon, which could affect early G3 computers. This hasn't been well figured out yet, and it might not be necessary, but it's being evaluated.

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 04 Sep, 2012 01:55 PM

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    Also, I should add that TenFourFox is not a universal application, so there is no Intel code to strip.

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