Firefox Quantum One-Click installer for Linux

Firefox Quantum

We are very proud to announce our new one-click installer for Firefox Quantum.

Download Firefox Quantum installer for Linux

Features and notes

        • To run the installer we recommend ORB Launcher (easier), or you can simply run it manually like any other executable
        • Installs side-by-side with your existing version of Firefox and does not interfere with it
        • No root permission required
        • The installer is script-based, for easier auditing
        • The installer downloads the browser directly from Mozilla, so you know it is genuine and non-modified
        • Firefox now has a built-in updater, so you will receive new updates automatically
        • Shortcuts will be placed on the Desktop and Home
        • The installer was tested on Ubuntu and Fedora and should work with most modern Linux distributions (64 bits)
        • You must close your existing version of Firefox to be able to run Firefox Quantum
        • If you get the message “One or more installed add-ons cannot be verified and have been disabled” it just means an old add-on is not compatible with the new Firefox (This happens at least in Ubuntu)
        • The browser will be installed into the folder:    ~/.apps/firefox
        • If you want to run the installer in an automated way, you can just launch the installer with the following parameter:
          Firefox_Quantum_installer_Linux.orb --auto

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      The simple interface

      After the browser is installed

Firefox Quantum now available as a Portable App for Linux

Firefox Quantum, Portable App

Download Firefox Quantum

We are happy to release the brand new version of the browser from Mozilla: Firefox 57, also known as Firefox Quantum. Now packaged as an Orbital App!

If there is one word that can define it is SPEED: This version is a massive upgrade, featuring smooth transitions between tabs and overall much better responsiveness.

Notes:
1 – This will co-exist peacefully with your installed version of Firefox (will not replace it)
2- To use run this version of Firefox you must first close the version of Firefox that comes with your Linux Distro.

Universal Portable Apps for Linux: Introducing Universal ORBs

We are extremely happy to announce the introduction of Universal ORB Applications for Linux

An “Universal ORB” is an Application (ORB) that works natively across the majority of modern Linux distros

Download the Apps

Features

Natively supportedJust mark as executable and run!

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Cross-distro – Most apps are compatible with most modern 64-bit Linux distros

100% unmodified – All Applications are packaged without any modifications, they are not even re-compiled

Native Look and feel – Apps adapt to the environment, using the native themes

Portable Mode – Apps behave exactly like “normal Apps” when running from the internal HDD, but automatically become “Portable Apps” when running from a USB drive, which means all settings and data used by the App will be stored on the USB drive

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When running from a USB Drive, ORB Applications save settings and data to the “portable_home” folder

Next-generation mode – Just install ORB Launcher to easily run any ORB just by clicking on it, enable icons, improve Apps startup speed and increase security (checking of cryptographic signatures)

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ORBs with icons, after installing ORB Launcher

Ready to go – Nothing to install – All dependencies are included and Apps run without installing them and don’t require any special software on the target computer (although we strongly recommend installing ORB Launcher to get an improved experience)

No conflict with installed Apps – ORB Apps are contained in a “virtual bubble”, so their dependencies never conflict with installed Apps

Compression – Apps are compressed at all times, which means more apps can be stored even in small USB drives

No root required – Apps don’t require root permissions

Integrity checking – Unreliable internet? Incomplete downloads? – Don’t worry, ORB Apps feature built-in integrity checking, which automatically alerts the user if an App has been damaged

Cryptographically signed – All Apps include a cryptographic digital signature built-in

Online + Offline – No internet? No problem! Apps are designed to work both online and offline

Sharing has never been easier – Every App is just one file, which can simply be copied to a USB Drive, burned to a CD or DVD, shared via “cloud drives” like Google Drive or Dropbox, etc…

Monthly releases – Every month new apps are introduced. In addition, all existing apps will be updated with new fixes and security updates.

Future-proof – Because all dependencies are included, Apps are much more resilient against distros changes or upgrades

Open and Documented format – Want to have a peek inside the ORB? Just mount the ORB/ISO and take a look

The future

The goal is to release many more Apps in the future, however we are currently running out of space on our current hosting account…
If you have hosting space you can offer us, or wish to sponsor us, feel free to contact us

You can also directly make a donation

Official Launch! We have liftoff!

Have you ever wanted to…

* Use an email-client on your Ubuntu home PC and easily carry that same app+data to your Fedora work PC (even without root permission)?
*Configure Firefox the way you want to, with bookmarks, themes, extensions and extras, and use it at any Linux PC?
*Easily download and use Linux software, without complicated installation steps?
*Easily share Linux software with friends or customers or anyone on the internet?

Now you can!
With ORB , the “Open Runnable Bundle“, a new file format for Linux applications!

Open Runnable Bundle

We have designed a new type of file (with the .orb extension), designed for simplicity, transparency, security and speed, that serves as a container for Apps.
ORB files are really easy to run: you just need to install the ORB Launcher once
and then you just double-click any ORB file. Easy like opening any photo or mp3.
Technical details

The Apps

We also start with some high-quality ready-to-use Apps:
Firefox, Thunderbird, Chromium, Telegram and Electrum
And plan to release much more in the future!

 

For any questions or suggestions feel free to contact us.

 

How we feel right now:

Image at the top: Falcon 9 launch / SpaceX