As a Debian user, you may choose to adopt the distro-managed rebuild of the world’s greatest web browser.  But, by doing so, you may not be able to use G+.  Don’t worry, the answer is at hand.

Visit the Firefox add-on page for User Agent Switcher:

Install the add-on and restart your browser.

Now, go to Tools > User Agent Switcher > User Agent Switcher > Options…

Add a new User Agent, call it Firefox 11.

Add the following text in the fields:

  • Description: Firefox 11
  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; rv:11.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/11.0
  • App Code Name: Mozilla
  • App Name: Netscape
  • App Version: 5.0 (X11
  • Platform: Linux i686

If you’re running an amd64 build, plonk that in the Platform field instead (it’ll probably already be populated).

Make sure there is no reference to Iceweasel in the User Agent field.

Make sure this user agent is active, and then browse to Google+.

Have fun! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Fix for Google+ preventing Iceweasel usage

  1. is it still working with you ? i use iceweasel 10 and i tried with fake agent but i still get problems with google+

    • Actually, I’ve been using chromium for a while now so I can’t say offhand. The best thing would be to try updating the user agent or switch to a newer browser. Google+ has changed a lot in recent times.

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