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Mozilla Firefox 3.x Virtual Software Packages (US, NL, DE) (updated)

Created: 02 Dec 2008 • Updated: 29 Jul 2010 | 8 comments
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Firefox 3 ("the best yet") is here, to much fanfare. With over 8 million downloads in the first 24 hrs., Firefox 3 is "faster, safer and smarter than before". Mozilla claims over 15,000 enhancements or fixes in this release. Get details on the most interesting improvements in the Release Notes. For a complete list of Firefox 3.0 features, see the Product Requirements Document.

Try Firefox 3 now, virtually! Don't like it? Just deactivate and delete.

Even if you decide on Firefox 3 as your permanent main Web browser, keep it virtualized! Firefox already does a lot to ensure that you stay safe on the Web. But sometimes the unexpected happens. Been surfing the Web with undesired results? Machine getting slow? Things showing up that you know shouldn’t be there? With virtualized Firefox, you can quickly put things back to their original state by resetting the Firefox virtual layer. Any changes made to your machine from within Firefox will be un-done, like you’d never been on the Net! Just “Reset”!

Firefox is provided by Symantec in three languages -- English, German and Dutch. Also, we are now providing it in the .VRA ("Virtual Runtime Archive") format. Now anyone can use virtualized Firefox permanently, even if you are a business that has not yet purchased SVS! If SVS is installed without a license key, it defaults to "runtime mode," which allows use of VRAs. Licensed SVS installations, of course, have full functionality and can also use VRAs.

Did you know that HP business desktops come with SVS Runtime and virtual Firefox pre-installed?

Learn more here!

Configuration Notes

  • Firefox 3 is installed to a unique path for each language, with unique shortcut names. This makes it simple to use this Firefox virtual layer side-by-side with other versions of Firefox.
  • The desktop and My Documents are excluded, which means data saved to these locations is not virtualized. If you download a file and want to ensure that it stays persistent on your machine after a reset of Firefox, save it to one of these locations. For more information on how to keep data separate from virtual application layers, please read this article.
  • By default, this version of Firefox will see and use your existing Firefox profile if you have one. However, changes to that profile will stay contained within the Firefox 3 virtual layer. So rolling back is as simple as deactivating (or resetting) Firefox 3.
  • If your existing Firefox user profiles are in a data layer, you may want to consider deactivating that data layer when experimenting with this new version of Firefox.

Update, Dec 2, 2008: Packages updated with Firefox 3.0.4.

File Size: 10.4-11.3 MB
License: Mozilla EULA 3.0
Home: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

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riva11's picture

Nice jobs Scott, even if yesterday I download this browser, I'd like to ask if you could provide also the Firefox in Italian version. It will be really appreciated...

Many thanks in advance, kind regards.
Paolo

P.S.
If you dowloaded the firefox in Download Day 2008, don't miss to print the Firefox 3 Download Day certificate.
Link : http://www.spreadfirefox.com/en-US/worldrecord/cer...

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alitchy's picture

Or am I just blind ;) Or has the VRA been removed, due to the HP/Symantic/Firefox virtualization project.

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Jordan's picture

I can download them. At the very end of the article there's a table that has File Size, License, and Download. If you can't see those, you'll need to be logged in to do so, you should contact JuiceMaster and explain the problem.

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atoyot's picture

The HP desktop dx2810  was loaded with Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.15  for HP Virtual Solutions.
I have download FireFox 3.04 VRA, but I dont have the tools to "run" it. What software do I need?

Thanks in advance.

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Jordan's picture

you need to get a license key for SVS and upgrade from "runtime" mode to a full version.  License keys are free for personal use and attainable from http://www.altiris.com/Download/svsPersonal.aspx.  You'll then want to run a MSI repair and have it install the SVSadmin utility which is the GUI for managing layers.

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atoyot's picture

Just wonder if HP does have a SVS package for Firefox 3.04 including the runtime.

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scottd34's picture

If we want to upgrade the version of firefox and keep it virtual, do we do anything special or just install the new version?

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Jordan's picture

just run a firefox update as normal.  If, for some reason, Firefox wants you to save the exe before installing then don't do it but as long as the install happens within firefox it will stay virtualized.

However, it should be noted that if you ever reset the layer then the updates will be lost, the license that HP uses doesn't allow for a way to keep changes despite a reset.

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