Ubuntu 10.04 bug causing Firefox crashes

NoScript, which is one of the most popular add-ons for Firefox, allows you to only run Java and other executable content from domains that you trust. This greatly enhances the security of the Firefox's browsing experience. Usually, add-ons and extensions can be the cause of browser instability. However, this time, it's the OS that seems to be causing the problems.

According to Mozilla Links, the author or NoScript, Giorgio Maone has pointed out a problem with Ubuntu 10.04. The latest release for the popular Linux distro is causing Firefox sessions to crash when the NoScript add-on is installed. He notes that it may even happen without the add-on installed. NoScript just causes users to encounter the bug more frequently. The problem, along with a fix, according to his understanding is as follows:

"I'm receiving several reports by Ubuntu and Debian users having their desktops crashed as soon as they click the NoScript icon. Yes, your whole session gone, back to your logon page in one move!

Actually this may be triggered by different actions, not necessarily with NoScript installed, or reportedly just by having a long/complex enough interaction with Firefox.

It turns out to be a bug in the xorg-server package, which Ubuntu's maintainers deemed not worth to get fixed before releasing Lucid Lynx.

My understanding is that a fix will be included in next automatic update, but in the meanwhile you can apply the available patch from Bryce Harrington’s PPA by issuing the following commands in a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bryceharrington/purple && apt-get update && apt-get upgrade"

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Giorgio Maone is a f...g idiot. First he went on accusing Adblock Plus' (btw a great addon) developer and tried to make some $$$ off him, now he comes on accusing Firefox.

Douchebag it is your own crap junk addon that's causing this!

Get a life!

trouble with the LTS releases is that you'll get security updates but may end up failing to get newer applications unless you can find a ppa for them.

Ubuntu 10.04 IS a LTS release :-)

Quote from Majesticmerc "If stability is that much of an issue, stick to the LTS releases and get the extended support period, that's the point of them."

nukenorman said,
Ubuntu 10.04 IS a LTS release :-)

Quote from Majesticmerc "If stability is that much of an issue, stick to the LTS releases and get the extended support period, that's the point of them."

Well yeah, but my point was referring more to the 6 month release cycles. The LTS releases still inevitably have bugs, but their LTS status means that applications support it for longer, and users get better patch support.

deadite66 said,
ubuntu should change to 'when its ready' and not this forced six month cycle.

+1
I can't fathom how someone could release a new version of OS every six months.
It's way to frequent and they have very little time.

deadite66 said,
ubuntu should change to 'when its ready' and not this forced six month cycle.

If stability is that much of an issue, stick to the LTS releases and get the extended support period, that's the point of them.

Edited by Majesticmerc, May 5 2010, 10:30pm :

Majesticmerc said,

If stability is that much of an issue, stick to the LTS releases and get the extended support period, that's the point of them.


10.04 is LTS