Firefox over SSH

27 03 2009

Hi, just a little snippet of knowledge I’ve picked up. I was having all sorts of problems getting Firefox to run stably over an SSH connection to a remote machine I was helping someone out with. It just kept hanging after the initial screen was shown. The answer, as tends to be the case, was horrifically mundane… Wait for it…

I had a copy of Firefox open on another desktop. Moral of the story… If you’re planning on running Firefox from a remote location, make sure you haven’t got a copy open on the local machine.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Hope this is of use to someone!



25 03 2009

If you use Firefox, you may have made the switch-over because of the enhanced security it provides. I’ve just found out that the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, which is installed via Windows Update, creates a huge security hole in Firefox by installing an addon without your permission by modifying your registry. Here is a guide on how to remove it immediately.

Now if crap like this isn’t enough to urge you towards OSS, then I think you may well be doomed.