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Firefox defaults

while this isn't Linux specific I figured I'd put my notes here. There are a number of default settings I want my users to have for Firefox under both windows and Linux which I'll put here. If you don't have it get firefox 2.

debianadmin.com has a guide on installing firefox 2 under Ubuntu/Debian which made my life easy. Look at that link for information but I have copied all the commands into a download and install script. remember to:

chmod a+x firefoxinstallscript.sh

Once you have firefox 2 installed get a dictionary from the firefox dictionary page so that you can be sure to have fewer smelling pistakes in posts and web based emails.


Default homepage

Like many organizations I have an Intranet that I use to pass out information. I want Firefox to go to this as the homepage when student use it first time. I found my solution on the Debian administration site where someone else was asking a similar question about setting the default homepage in Firefox.

In short:

create the file:

/usr/lib/firefox/browserconfig.properties

or (under windows):

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\browserconfig.properties

and add the lines:

browser.startup.homepage=http://mysite.com/
browser.startup.homepage_reset=http://mysite.com/

Stop import wizard

This is a windows problem for me. When you load Firefox first time it runs the import wizard which is time consuming and annoying.

So far my solution is to put a default Firefox profile in the location:

C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Application Data
I would recommend doing this after the homepage. Load up Firefox without any changes to settings then close it down and take the raw settings (Mozilla directorie) from:
C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\

and paste it in:

C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Application Data\

change the name of the directorie in:

C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles

to something like:

mycompany.default

and replace the corresponding line in the file:

C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\profiles.ini
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