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Firefox Hacks by Nigel McFarlane

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Hack #31. Take Firefox with You

Install a portable version of Firefox so that you can move from computer to computer.

This hack explains how to take Firefox with you wherever you go. You can install Firefox on a number of mobile devices. Whether it can run directly on the device, write data there, or merely be stored conveniently depends on the device. We'll consider these devices:

  • A laptop

  • A server-based virtual private network (VPN)

  • A roaming VPN

  • A mobile consumer device, such as a digital camera, mobile phone, or PDA

  • A USB drive

  • A RAM drive

It's the so-called removable media (USB and RAM drives) that are the interesting cases. Let's briefly dispose of the other possibilities first.

Laptop

If you install Firefox on a laptop , you can surf the Web using that laptop from anywhere that TCP/IP connectivity is in place—a WiFi hotspot, for example. It's up to you to ensure that the laptop acts as its own firewall, or else that it correctly establishes a VPN with the organization that you're using as an Internet gateway. If that's done, Firefox typically just needs to be set up direct connect with no proxy.

Server-Based VPN

A server-based VPN runs Firefox on your computer after the install area is loaded from the server disk. All you need is file-sharing access and perhaps server login [Hack #14] .

Roaming VPN

A roaming VPN runs Firefox from a local or remote installation, but it also replicates your profile area from a central server to local disk. At the moment, this has to be set up using ...

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