How to install Mozilla on Bath University PCs
Since I’m using the University Library computers at the moment I’m having to reinstall Mozilla on a daily basis. Here’s how I do it:
- Download Mozilla 1.2 Alpha for Windows (11 MB), taking advantage of IE’s “Run this program from its current location” option to minimise the time spent using that browser
- In Edit->Preferences->Advanced->Proxies select Automatic proxy configuration URL, enter
http://www.bath.ac.uk/proxy/netscape.configand hit the “reload” button (this gets Mozilla working with the Bath Uni proxy server)
- Install the excellent Orbit 3m skin
- Install the gesture recognition plugin from Optimoz
- Select Orbit 3m from the View->Apply Theme menu
- Restart Mozilla (to apply the skin change and enable gestures)
- Edit->Preferences->Advanced->Mouse Gestures and set “Make mouse gesture with” to “Right mouse button” (that way gestures will not interfere with dragging over text to select it)
- In Preferences->Navigator->Tabbed Browsing, check all of the options. This lets me load links in the background in a new tab just by middle-clicking on them.
- Ctrl+B to bring up the bookmark manager, then File->New->Bookmark to add the only bookmark I ever need:
http://www.google.com/search?q=%s. Once added, I right click the new bookmark, bring up the Properties dialog and set the Keyword to “gg”. I can then search for things on Google by typing “gg search terms” straight in to the Mozilla URL bar.
- Finally, Preferences->Advanced->Scripts & Plugins and uncheck the “Open unrequested windows” option to kill popups
The above usually takes about 5 minutes but is well worth the time spent if I’m planning to use the library computers for more than half an hour. There’s probably a way of automating it all (I heard rumours that Hixie has a script to install the whole lot whenever he logs in) but I’m hoping to have a connection at home again within a couple of weeks.