Swiftfox is a web browser based on Mozilla Firefox. It is available for GNU/Linux platforms and distributed by Jason Halme. Swiftfox is a set of builds of Firefox optimized for different Intel and AMD microprocessors. Swiftfox is freely downloadable with open source code and proprietary binaries. Firefox extensions and plugins are compatible with Swiftfox, with notable exceptions. The name Swiftfox comes from the animal Swift Fox. Swiftfox differs from Firefox by a limited number of changes, and builds for different processors.
Downloading and installing
Before downloading Swiftfox you need to decide which type of download is right for you. If you are relatively new to Linux and aren’t sure how to install programs then you will want to select the installer. If you have a debian based distro and want the ease of updating that comes with using an apt repository I would suggest using deb files. However if you are wanting total control of where Swiftfox gets installed and are comfortable working with tarballs, then the tarballs are for you.
There are deb files available for Swiftfox, they should be compatible with Debian based distros. Swiftfox will be installed to /usr/lib/swiftox. All Swiftfox builds are 32-bit, including the AMD64 build.
Instructions for installing with apt-get
- Add the repository to /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://getswiftfox.com/builds/debian unstable non-free
- Install from a terminal window as root using the correct package name:
apt-get update && apt-get install swiftfox-prescott
Package names are based on the specific architecture and can be found in swiftfox browser page. If you are not sure which architecture you need for your processor this chart should help.
Instructions for manual installation
- Download the appropriate deb file for your computer
- Open a terminal window
- Install the deb file by typing the following:
sudo dpkg -i swiftfox-3.6.13-1_prescott.deb
The file name will vary depending on which one you download.
- Launch Swiftfox by selecting it from the menu or by typing swiftfox in a terminal.