If you’ve been using the new version 3 of Firefox and liking its speed and new features, you may want to look into Firefox, Portable Edition. The portable editions of Firefox have been “perennial favorites,” as this 2007 post from our mobile-savvy sister blog posters at jkOnThe Run noted about the previous version. Firefox version 3.0.1 is now out in a portable edition and downloadable here.
Firefox 3.0.1 Portable Edition is an 8MB version that you can download and put onto a USB key. It will preserve the bookmarks, extensions and passwords that you use, and once it’s on a USB key, you can use Firefox, with all your usual preferences, from any computer.
The Portable Edition of Firefox unites a PortableApps.com Launcher with Firefox. I’ve written about PortableApps.com before here. It’s a site that offers a free download that can put tons of open source and freeware applications on your USB key–very handy to have. Firefox has long been one of the portable applications the download offers, along with open source favorites such as AbiWord and other Mozilla applications.
PortableApps.com also has a nice archive of support for the Portable Edition of Firefox here. You’ll find instructions for installation, copying your local Firefox preferences, and using your favorite extensions. With USB keys growing rapidly in capacity and dropping in price-per-gigabyte, there’s no reason not to keep your favorite applications in your pocket, tuned the way you like them.