Thursday Apr 16, 2009

Kiosks and Firefox: Overriding or disabling "Firefox has been updated", making Firefox the default browser, and fix the homepage

I couldn't pass the opportunity of writing a note to myself on this one.

Next time you are setting up Kiosk mode with Firefox as an application, here's how to get rid of the annoying behavior of Firefox telling you about the update...

Just copy/paste this preference:
user_pref("browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone", "ignore");

In the most convenient location for you:
1) prefs.js on your user profile
2) prefs.js on the global profile (firefox/defaults/profile/prefs.js)
3) user.js on the global profile (firefox/defaults/profile/user.js)

And... making Firefox the default browser? Easy...
user_pref("browser.shell.checkDefaultBrowser", false);

And...another one of my favorites, to fix the homepage, (best to put it in user.js:)
user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://au.sun.com");

or just copy/paste the lot...
user_pref("browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone", "ignore");
user_pref("browser.shell.checkDefaultBrowser", "false");
user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://au.sun.com");


UPDATE 16-June-2009:
And yet, sometimes Firefox stills asks if you want it as the default browser?


Well, don't despair - this one seems to be the ultimate fix:
- Edit [FIREFOX INSTALL DIR]/defaults/pref/firefox.js
- Change browser.shell.checkDefaultBrowser from true to false

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