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        How to install Firefox in Chromebook.

        This guide among others on the web talks about installing Firefox on a Chromebook. Has anyone tried this before? And does it work?

        I am not looking for a discussion as to why you would want to do this. Just can it be done and does that mean the Chromebook will not use Chrome at all. Without going so far that you would install a full Linux distro on it.

        W7 x64 Pro&Home

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        I am wondering the same thing – what is the best way to get Firefox working on my Chromebook.  Sometime last year I gave it a try as an Android app, I think.  At that time, it did not work smoothly and I deleted it.  So now its February 2020, and I was just wondering if FF on the Chromebook is working smoothly for you, and if you have any advice before I try again.   I do not know anything about Linux, so my preference would be a “normal” install – meaning without having to learn Linux.


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        basically is pretty simple to install Firefox on Chromebook

        To install Firefox on your Chromebook, you must first enable Linux on your Chromebook. To do this, open the Chrome OS settings, click Linux (Beta) in the sidebar and click the “Activate” button next to the Linux option.

        Now click on the Install button in the popup that appears. Once Linux is installed, you can see a terminal in the app drawer in the Linux folder.

        Firefox ESR is already available in the Chromebook repository. In the terminal, just type the following text and press Enter to install Firefox

        sudo apt install firefox-esr

        Firefox ESR means Firefox Extended Support Release which is the version of Firefox for Entreprises. Instead of releasing constant updates, Firefox ESR gets updates upon completion of the update cycle. If you want to switch to the standard version of Firefox.

        Install the ESR version to install dependencies with this command.

        sudo apt install firefox-esr

        Now, uninstall the ESR version, so that you can install standard Firefox.

        sudo apt remove firefox-esr

        Now all you have to do is run this command to install the standard version of Firefox.

        sudo apt install iceweasel
        You can alos install more web browsers like Brave Browser and Samsung Internet
        Install Third-party Browsers on Chromebooks
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