Ubuntuzilla is a Python script that installs the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla SeaMonkey, and Mozilla Thunderbird on Ubuntu. I stumbled on this project while keeping track of new releases of open source business applications for my other web site, SME-in-a-Box.

The raison d'etre for Ubuntuzilla:

Official repositories for a particular version of Ubuntu are composed to contain the latest versions of software packages as of the date of release of that version of Ubuntu. After the release is made, newer versions of software packages do not get added to the repositories, with the exception of security fixes.

It is frequently desirable to get more timely security updates for Mozilla software, or run the latest version, which may not be available in the repositories, due to the new features and improvements. Thus, this update script was born.

In a nutshell, what Ubuntuzilla does is:

  • Automatically detects and downloads the newest Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey release from the Mozilla servers
  • Allows you to make a choice of language for Firefox or Thunderbird
  • Makes a date-stamped back-up of your Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey profile data
  • Automatically
integrates Firefox plugins that you have installed from the Ubuntu repositories