Unfortunately there is no swiftweasel for debian etch/testing:

jordant:~# apt-cache search swift
cakephp – MVC rapid application development framework for PHP
libnet-dns-fingerprint-perl – library to determine DNS server vendor, product and version
starfighter – 2D scrolling shooter game
xwpe – Programming environment and editor for console and X11

I had to browse to the SourceForge project page, and download the appropriate version for my machine, which is a athlon64/32bit.

jordant:~# wget “http://downloads.sourceforge.net/swiftweasel/swiftweasel-”

I just untar’d the file, and ran ./firefox from within the directory and it picked up all my settings and everything. Next I had to set it up so that I just had to type firefox within a console. So I created a symlink in my ‘bin’ folder with all my other custom perl scripts and other command line programs/scripts:

[[email protected]:/home/jordant/bin]> ln -s ../swiftweasel/firefox firefox
[[email protected]:/home/jordant/bin]> rehash
[[email protected]:/home/jordant/bin]> firefox &

I also had to setup my fluxbox keybinding like so:

Mod4 z :ExecCommand firefox &

I originally was using “iceweasel” which is the Debian fork of Firefox, you can read why Debian had to fork Firefox on WikiPedia

I do notice a difference, pages load pretty fast and the FasterFox Plugin helps. However they packaged an extension called “AdBlocks” which I’ve never used and I don’t really like. But for now I have just removed it.

Swiftweasel (Default branch)Swiftweasel is an optimized build of the Mozilla
Firefox Web browser for Linux. It offers builds
for both AMD and Intel processors. Swiftweasel is
100% compatible with all Firefox themes, plugins,
and extensions.
License: Mozilla Public License (MPL)
The update notifications feature that made its
first appearance in is installed. When
a new version is available, you will be notified
so you can get it. Further font rendering
improvements were done. Automatic detection of
plugins is done in common directories in the file
system. A few more build tweaks were made. The
“Release Notes” option in the Help section brings
up the release notes.